Hon. Lily L. Sinfield See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Bernardino County
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Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 4 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)

What others have said about Hon. Lily L. Sinfield



Comment #: CA12839
Rating:Not Rated
I agree with another one of the comments as to this judge using the word "disrespectful." I had been speaking to the judge about my case as a reply to her question. Out of the blue she stated that "I was disrespectful." I was completely dumbfounded. I am much older than this judge and just figured she did not have much bench experience. This is the first time in over 30-yrs. of venturing into State Ct. that anyone has ever said this to me. This must be a new generation of judges. Very odd. I would definitely 170.6 this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12619
I have been an L.A. trial lawyer for 37 years. Judge Sinfield is professional, fair, efficient, courteous, unbiased, and patiently listens to and takes notes during argument. Although she may not know civil litigation thoroughly, several times she took motions under submission, and reached the correct result under the law after further study. Unlike some judges, she truly cares about reaching the right result and is a credit to the judiciary. Excellent.


Comment #: CA10546
This judge shows her bias. She prefers certain attornies and allows them to disrespect the other side without interruption. If you happen to be on the other side you can't say anything without being considered disrespectful. We were on time and the defense was 20 minutes late and didn't have the correct paperwork. Recess was for an hour and half. The attorney that she favored called our side liars, yelled at us, and constantly interrupted us. However when we would try and interject, we were called rude.
It's sad that a bias individual has so much control and there's nothing we can do about it.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10440
Rating:Not Rated
She clearly is bias and uneven handed toward
Men she kicked me out my house with a 14 day notice while I was dealing with cancer and a surgery for it


Comment #: CA8622
I'm surprised by the bad comments. Maybe other people didn't come prepared. As a business owner, I have had to file a few cases because people didn't pay me. I have always gotten my full amount in front of this judge. The other ones in Fontana are unpredictable.


Comment #: CA8405
No sense of fairness or common sense - extremely pro-defendant. First time experience with the court as a plaintiff and very sad to learn how justice can go to the wrong side with incompetent judge.


Comment #: CA7169
Delay in making a decision after trial. All parties appeared. Simple Unlawful Detainer case for non payment of rent. No decision in over a week. Judge not available by phone.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6591
If you strive for best possible result in this particular courtroom, be on time, be prepared, be organized, be flexible, be polite and quietly respectful, and be helpful to the court with applicable legal authorities. Oh, yes, don't bullsh*t her.