Hon. Bernie C. LaForteza See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.8 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 rating(s)
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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. Bernie C. LaForteza



Comment #: CA24713
My lawyer was late once, I was on time every time Bernie told me to make sure lawyer was on time. How can I control another man. I’m not a judge. Lied to me part of my plea having my maintaining a grow room Bernie said after a year he would expunge it. Well go figure I come back and he denied me said “ I hadn’t learned my lesson”. I’ve lost out on several jobs because of it. Thank you you are a horrible judge who has zero empathy. GOD BLESS, you need it

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13621
If criminal court was complex, then unlawful detainer court is complicated in law and procedure, requiring a Mt. Everest learning curve, yet this judicial officer handles UDs with grace, scholarship and keen insight as to the players who arrive on his field.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10289
He Will never go against what the DA recommends. Unfortunately, the calendar DA in that courtroom is extremely punitive. Therefore, expect to prepare your cases for trial because you won't get anything out of either one of them.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5887
Rating:Not Rated
Judge La Forteza is slow on calendar matters and it can feel like he is too friendly and informal with staff and the assigned D.A. It can be like waiting in the post office for the government workers to separate from kibitzing, and focus on getting the work done expediently, mostly due to the D.A. being perpetually unprepared having never read their file, and the judge appearing not to mind one bit. If the defense was repeatedly unprepared, I doubt it would go without reprimand. But then, the D.A. is in there all day every day so it becomes a little too familiar like a co-worker in the court room. He also defers to the D.A. too much instead of leading with his own strength.