Hon. Michael D. Washington See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 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. Michael D. Washington


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19134
Code of Civil Procedure Section 170.6 exists for good reason.


Comment #: CA14195
His Honor Judge D. Washington expressed common sense while making his ruling. I appreciate anyone that uses an intelligent approach to any situation.


Comment #: CA13022
He was not patient enough to give me 30 days while I was phone conferencing in south Carolina residing to send required documents to his court. Instead he made a decision that changed the custody of my children and has forever more changed the lives of my children at 4 and 5 years old without remorse. I had 98% custody of my children but because my ex had an attorney, lived in California and “said without proof” that he had visited my house in South Carolina and I wasn’t there the judge said I abducted my children and forced me to turn over custody of my children.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12640
Judge Washington is a nice enough guy but putting him in a high volume felony settlement department was a big mistake. Given that his background was as a public defender,you would have expected greatness from him in a felony settlement department, the opposite was true. He was a major failure as a settlement judge and was rightly moved out of that department in less than a year. His lack of courage and backbone will be minimized in a trial department.


Comment #: CA10227
This man is the most Honorable Judge I've come across to date. Out of multiple states, courts, judges, etc. I have yet to encounter as neautral and fair of a Judge as Washington. Whether I was ruled against or for, by him, he maintained a very UNbiased position of neautrality. In addition, Judge Washington actually CARED and took the time to 'warn' litigants/parties about their wrong doing and poor behavior. To sit in his courtroom and listen to hi give a strong warning to a party was extremely impressive. Judge Washington is a man of Honor and one in which I greatly respect, and even did so throug his rulings against {me} as well. He did care enough to {I assume} review the pleadings, review the exhibits, the evidence, and apply 'common sense' and base his rulings. A superb family law judge, and overall a Great judge with a positive and good demeanor but firm hand and voice upon bad behavior {regardless of whom is the perpetrator}.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6358
One of the smartest on the bench. Pays close attention and gives very well reasoned rulings. His background is in criminal law (defense), so (in my experience) he holds the rules of evidence in higher regard than other family law judges. He has an excellent temperament and is very polite with both parties and counsel.