Hon. Kenneth J. Medel See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.1 - 3 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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Litigant

Comment #: CA30123
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
" Now that Lisa Schall finally did the world a favor and retired, Judge Medel took her place as the absolute most wretched judge in San Diego....

....I'd rather leave any case of mine up to a coin toss than let it anywhere near this dept. If you draw this judge, you better file your peremptory challenge as soon as you can get it to the courthouse. There's absolutely no chance you could draw a worse judge. Best of luck out there. .....You'll need it in this department. "

"litigant"? How many cases do you have in that courtrrom? Seems like comment came from a dumb, disgruntled lawyer, who has done the same thing to other judges on this site. Makes the same mistakes.

Litigant

Comment #: CA30118
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Now that Lisa Schall finally did the world a favor and retired, Judge Medel took her place as the absolute most wretched judge in San Diego. IMO if you likes judges who rule based on guesswork and whims and refuse to read a file then, by all means, have at it. I'd rather leave any case of mine up to a coin toss than let it anywhere near this dept.

If you draw this judge, you better file your peremptory challenge as soon as you can get it to the courthouse. There's absolutely no chance you could draw a worse judge. Best of luck out there. You'll need it in this department.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA25798
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Horrible judge. Fails to grasp most basic concepts, does not read papers, holds grudges against attorneys who disagree with him, and goes out of his way to flatter and show favoritism toward certain lawyers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA17171
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Great judge. Have not yet tried a case in front of him. But in law and motion matters he reads what is submitted. He treats both sides with respect. I look forward to being in front of him again.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15454
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Medel is new to the bench and a superb, bright, thoughtful, fair judge, who explains his points clearly and engages in genuine dialogue during oral argument. My case was decided on summary judgment, but he was presiding over a jury trial in another matter, and I watched him receive a jury's verdict. He handled it exceedingly well, and is clearly a skilled trial judge who himself has extensive trial experience. I do not think you can get a better draw in SD Superior Court.