Hon. Randolph M. Hammock See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Randolph M. Hammock


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12421
I was in a position to contend on appeal that this judge abused his discretion only to realize that the agonizing he did in deciding the issue was not only not an abuse of discretion, it was probably the most proper application of discretion I had ever witnessed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11700
I am always leary of elected judges but Judge Hammock is one of the few judges who posts online tentatives and in my case it was thorough and well reasoned. Wants to get to the bottom line and talks a lot at hearings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11534
I am a pro per plaintiff (who might seem mentally unstable) and recently appeared before this court. Judge Hammock was extremely patient with me as a pro per. Despite my occasional rambling, Judge Hammock remained calm and attempted to refocus me. He someone else stated, he clearly cuts to the chase and he clearly knows the law and the case before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11383
I saw an interesting thing last week while sitting in Judge Hammock's court. A pro per plaintiff (who seemed like a vexatious litigant or mentally unstable) was appearing before the court. Judge Hammock was extremely courteous and patient with the pro per. Despite the ramblings of the pro per litigant, Judge Hammock remained very calm and time and time again attempted to refocus the man. In prior appearances Judge Hammock can be impatient and will interrupt counsel during arguments. He clearly wants to cut to the chase. He clearly knows the law and the case before him. I would advise anyone to be prepared and don't repeat what you wrote in your pleadings. He read them and understood them. He is no fool. I was on the fence until last week. I would now not hesitate to appear in front of him. Specially in comparison to the other unimpressive judges at Stanley Mosk

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11111
Basing my review on the utter disaster Dept. 77 has become since Judge Hammock left. His replacements have done a poor job running the department which makes you realize how you good you had it until its gone.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10482
Just heard Judge Hammock is being promoted to an I/C court at Mosk. Too bad for us. He's the only judge in the PI courts who knows what he is doing...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10038
If you have the misfortune of being assigned to this judge, affidavit him immediately. He has no understanding of the law, the standards that apply to pleadings and is extremely hostile.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA9851
I have been a defense attorney for over 20 years. I appeared in front of Judge Hammock a few weeks ago on a Summary Judgment motion, which he granted. It was hotly contested. I was very impressed with his command of the facts and law. It was clear to all of us that he knew what he was doing. Even the plaintiff's attorney told me afterward that he thought his client got a fair hearing. I couldn't disagree more with the last comment. Sounds like sour grapes to me.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9844
[Redacted by Editor] This guy is an absolute disgrace. He is starved for attention, wastes everyone's time and attention speaking from the bench for literally hours on end, misses the forest for the trees almost every time, is absolutely biased for plaintiffs, is arrogant, abuses his power from the bench because he is dis-empowered in private life, was a failure in private practice, is a clown on the bench and is an absolute disgrace to watch, listen to and to read. He may be the worst judge in the LA Superior Court currently. He was elected to the bench; there is no way anyone would ever appoint this guy to any judicial position anywhere.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9663
Judge Hammock is extremely intelligent, understands case issues, even when very complex, will always listen to, and most importantly consider, both sides. Even if he ruled against my client, I would understand why; he explains his decision making.


Comment #: CA9230
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Hammock is much better judge than judge Nieto. It is a shame that both oversee the Dept 77 of the Stanley Mosk, and have different views and treat the pro we litigants totally different.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8702
I may not always agree with his decisions, but it is clear to me that he reads everything, he does try to listen and understand your position, and he is one of the smartest and fairest judges at Mosk. Frankly, the court seems to be wasting his talents in Limited Jurisdiction.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7885
Judge Hammock is on the ball, smart, easy to work with, fair and a good judge.