Hon. Shelley L Kaufman See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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* 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. Shelley L Kaufman



Comment #: CA48772
Rating:Not Rated
I do not understand that you can sign and move someone that the court don't even tell the party about it it do not make know kind of sense you suppose to follow the law and nor just move a mother of a child down town to another court without letting them know when she asks for them to do it they told her she could not get another judge just to say she came all the way to the court house to ask why and what happen no one knows any thing you called that fair I don't think so


Comment #: CA42383
Worst Judge ever! She's allowed my 2 grandchildren to live with their mother although she admitted that the children were witnessing domestic violence in the home regularly. She was totally dismissive to my son, although he did in fact have a Lawyer. My Grandchildren's mother and other grandmother lied throughout the entire trial....Judge Kaufman caught those lies and was totally dismissive. That's just the beginning. I am very careful of who I accuse of being racist, however, my WHITE friend said she was racist before I had a chance to. PLEASE believe every negative rating on Judge Kaufman that you read.


Comment #: CA19295
All the negative comments made are absolutely correct. I’ve had the experience of being in front of her with an attorney and on my own as self represented. She was so rude and dismissive with me. She doesn’t read ANY of the declarations and evidence has no importance to her. She is absolutely unprepared, which is why she is constantly delaying making decisions and rescheduling hearings.
She has personally done so much harm to my children and myself with her judgements and stall tactics.
What was also very upsetting is that she allowed my ex to blatantly commit perjury. She would would actually shed light on his lies and then pass right over them. My ex is abusive and there was a 5 year history in her court of demonstrating that, yet she ignored this fact when making orders.
I’m still convinced that she was afraid of him, has major biases or is making shady deals with the law firm that represents him.

Interestingly, when I was represented by a lawyer I won every case and Judge Kaufman actually paid attention. She is respectful to them. She did however, always seemed to be intimidated by the lawyers.
This woman should never be allowed to decide anyone’s fate.
Get out if her court if you can!!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA19188
I was an observer in her Courtroom. If you Can’t afford a lawyer, do NOT expect her to listen, respect or even allow you to present your case. She only listens to lawyers and considers their testimony in a family law Court room funded by the tax payers of the County of Los Angeles. In other words, you are not a human being worthy of her consideration if you can’t afford to hire a lawyer. her honor utterly lacks impartiality, respect towards common people and basic decency. Her bio states that she is bilingual, and fluent in French. her highness is therefore highly advised to read about the French Revolution’s history and stop acting so elitist and superior.


Comment #: CA19164
This woman has zero respect for the common people, lacks impartiality, shows no integrity, and acts very elitist. She forgets that the court belongs to the people, and she is a public employee of the County of Los Angeles. A self righteous and elitist attitude sums her up.


Comment #: CA10672
Judge Shelley Kaufman drags on cases for an eternity, not even considering the time and money that the litigants are spending on attorney fees and court costs. She hesitates a lot when it comes to making decisions and it's all because she is very unsure of herself and what she is doing. Judge Kaufman is a former civil rights and criminal attorney that is current making rulings over many family law cases. This is a different beast for her and she way out of her league. I have seen her allow litigants to disrupt, disrespect and even break federal law in her courtroom and she does nothing at all about it. If you are the unlucky person who happens to receive her as your judge - RUN. She is ruining lives.


Comment #: CA8690
She is awful, constantly ignores statutory provisions and rules as a dictator, at least it's my experience with her.