Hon. Douglas W. Stern See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.2 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 5 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 #: CA22465
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I had taken my appellate attorney to small claims in front of douglas stern. i gave my attorney's paralegal $10,000.00 cash to handle an appeal, on that day i only signed a paper stating i gave the paralegal cash, after 11 months of never seeing or talking to my attorney, we finally met had our meeting i called the court the following monday only to find out my attorney relieved himself as my counsel, he didn't return my money and i had 11 days before my brief was due. i subpoenaed my attorney twice to small claims because i wanted my money back. no show either time, the paralegal showed and handed me hourly billing statements (we never agreed on), fee arbitration (i never received), and a personal services agreement (someone forged my initials and my signature spelling my last name wrong) i've NEVER seen these papers, and he was countersuing me for $4,600.00! i explained to judge stern i've never seen these papers and someone forged my signature and i was left to do the brief on my own, he said we would get his ruling in the mail, i was devastated when i received the ruling 3 days later, the judge ruled in my attorney's favor! i could not believe what i was reading! this judge needs to be barred from being a judge, he is so, so, so unfair!

Litigant

Comment #: CA20203
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Very Rude, ignores evidence and allowed unscrupulous attorneys to drag a 30 day ud case on for two years while collecting insurance proceeds.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA19221
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A shocking display of a very rude, short tempered bias Judge willing to sacrifice due process at the expense of people powerless to defend themselves in his court room. When we left his courtroom we could hear him poking fun and laughing sarcastically with his staff over some of the deeply personal testimony including income disclosed during the case. It was so inappropriate and unprofessional of a Judge. We saw him bully and intimidate foreign and older people. It was painful. They need a fair Judge the most. He shortcut due process saying he was doing it to get cases off his calendar. So wrong. Yet he constantly ran hours late. He exerted his power over individuals favoring larger companies just to speed up his votes and his calendar.
"Power corrupts". This Judge displayed a frightening intimidation, intoxicated with the power. This shouldn't be allowed.
The reviewers are right. This Judge isn't fair or impartial. He may have been a long time ago. But not anymore. He is very personal, bias and short tempered. Its made him abuse the law Another attorney said he is working to be on the "fast track" for a promotion favoring big plaintiffs over individuals. Explains the power hunger. He has lost sight over the repercussions when he makes a bad judgement and doesn't stick to ruling by the evidence. His bad temper and sarcasm is terrible. That's no way to run a courtroom fairly and impartially. His bias, harsh actions have resounding negative effects to people who cannot defend themselves without him respecting his role better. What happened to looking after those individuals who do not have unlimited resources in Court Judge? He has all the power - and he is happy to exert it against you. He could help us all, but he chooses not too while he seeks more power. He should not be in this position anymore.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14929
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stern or Judge Dredd
I'm the law!!!!

Ignores evidence, uses biased personal feelings to make unprecedented decisions.

No wonder he's in small claims...

Other

Comment #: CA14810
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Completely bypassed the fact that my ex landlord took 41 days (instead of the legal 21 days given by the state) to send an itemized list for the withdrawls of my deposit and ruled that she did not owe us any money. It's also interesting that he let the defendant speak first instead of the plaintiffs like he did for every other case before us.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14272
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I will make an opinion after trial and how long it takes to finish the case.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13387
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very poor. By helping someone no one else would rent to, I ended up in his court as a plaintiff in an unlawful detainer case. It has been three days since the defendant was ordered to vacate the premises under his order, but my attorney still hasn't been able to get a signed writ for the Sheriff to post the eviction. The trial date was more than three weeks ago. This tenant has managed to go almost 6 months without paying rent or reimbursing me for extensive damages to the premises. I am a widow not a professional landlord and only rent out a small efficiency unit attached to my primary residence.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13183
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Extremely rude. Seems to decide cases based on who he likes more and not the law. Short-tempered.

Other

Comment #: CA13094
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I would rate this Judge performance as racist, lazy, negligent, failing to consider pictures of evidence and ruling in favor of some one because they are not the "other". This judge is racist and should be disbarred. I would not trust this judges judgement. He is NOT a fair judge and should not be in the position of Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9522
Rating:9.4
Comments:
I've appeared before Judge Stern a number of times. I've found him to be extremely fair and of high judicial temperament. I would have no reservation with Judge Stern presiding over a matter in which I was involved with.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7229
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge violated my right to privacy by releasing identifiable health information to the public through a minute order, and during a trial thus, violating the Privacy Act of 1974. He, the courts and their agents and employees had no written permission to release that information.