Hon. Otis Sterling, III See Rating Details
Superior Court
Riverside County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.3 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 3 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. Otis Sterling, III


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA28621
THhe worst I have ever see. The jury found the perp GUILTY on all 4 counts of Criminal Rape charges.


Comment #: CA28620
This is the worst judge I have ever seen in action. He was presiding over a rape trial - He was falling asleep at his seat -more then once, and he called a mis trial on a 2nd round of a rape trial where the Jury found him Guilty on 4 counts. He should NOT be a judge. The 3rd trial was going to happen and they let him take a plea and he only did 6 months in his HOUSE arrests! The perp is now out walking around free and I bet attending AA meetings again . Not safe - If Harvey Weinstein is doing time this perp should be in prison.


Comment #: CA16916
This judge is fair and competent. However, he made the statement that tattoos hold no significance, and should be ignored. That is hogwash! Remember the tale of The Emperor's New Clothes? I am the small child pointing and laughing at defendants who wish me to ignore their head, neck, knuckle, and sometimes, even face tattoos. They hold significance in gang and prison culture, and I have yet to meet somone with a tattoo who doesn't have a story connected to the tattoo. Tattoos are identifiers in prison and gang cultures...teardrops below the eyes signifying attempted or convicted murders, spiderweb on the elbow signifying a long prison sentence. I am a 61 year old woman who has never had personal dealings with either prisoners or gangs. I learned all of the detailed information about gang and prison tattoos from the media and the internet. Do not ask meto throw out reason and knowledge to protect those who choose to display their gang affiliation, or their prison pride.


Comment #: CA12814
Rating:Not Rated
I suffer everyday from the damage judge Wells caused me and my daughter.he allowed my ex to over take me, placed my child with her dad to watch he and his new girlfriend that he moved I to our home 3 days after I had to leave.out of the 20 year relationship the judge did not award me any of the items requested from the cohabitating relationship. And gave 100% custody to her dad and I got visitations only. My abuser has custody and a domestic violence restraining order on me now I'm really living in hell.


Comment #: CA5993
In all the years I have observed Judges, this one is the most inexperienced and tempermental judge I have seen. Spent a day in his courtroom and observed his irrational and arbitrary thought process, made decisions based on ex-parte, non-proven statements. His inexperience is apparent and his arbitrary decision making is clearly not an asset to California's family courts.Judge Sterling fails to honor the tradition of the court to keep the family intact and abuses his authority at will.


Comment #: CA5827
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Sterling is not a family law judge and should not hear family law cases. His temperament is inclined to criminal cases which reflects his background as a prosecutor.

He is unable to address any circumstances in a family law matter according to the best interest of the child standard and the prevailing law.

He has an inclination and bias to protect any father using his own subjective experiences as a father rather than applying the legal standard of the law required in any family law proceedings. Abuse against children and where children are involved in the abuse against the other parent is not considered relevant especially if the other parent is a mother.

Judge Sterling has replaced Judge Wells in family law matters and refuses to address or overturn any Judge Wells' order. The expectation of litigants that with a new judge that the court will actually address the law rather than allowing archaic bias and prejudice of the previous judge on the case to prevail is misplaced. It's never going to happen.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5015
He served as both a Public Defender and District Attorney, bulk of career as DA. That said, I found him to be very fair to the defense and appreciate that he will listen to and consider defense arguments/motions whereas others say they will but don't. One of my favorites (as a calendar judge) in Riverside County! He has since been moved to family law and has not yet presided over a criminal trial.