Hon. John A Slawson 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)

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* 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)

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* 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. John A Slawson



Comment #: CA25773
The man is either an idiot or he's senile. Does not read the papers, does not know the family code, does not understand the case law, indulges his own prejudices. A self important, low information, hack who brings disgrace to the entire judiciary.


Comment #: CA13972
If he represents competence in our federal judicial system, then we citizens should very, very worried. For the record, I won a child custody case as the respondant, but only due to the strength of my case, my attorney and the fact I had to pay over $30k for a family evaluation. Non-the less, I have never seen a more disorganized and carless judge. He spent hours pontificating and sharing his own mis-understanding of the facts. It took him over three court dates to even read the results of the family evaluation costing thousands and thousands of dollars. In the end, he ruled based on the evaluation results which my attorney admitted would be the only way to get him to rule as he is a judge that can't make a decision. Did you hear this, is this keyboard working, a judge who doesn't read evidence or have the ability to make decisions based on facts. His ruling on visitations was so vague and inexplicit, that it creates nothing but headaches with my ex. The irony is he was moved out of Torrance right after our case closed. Unbelievable.


Comment #: CA13629
Awful, just awful. Not prepared. Doesn't read. Doesn't listen. Indecisive. Cost me thousands in legal fees because he refused to enforce his own court order.


Comment #: CA8923
Rating:Not Rated
What an excellent Commissioner, why isn't he a judge? And why doesn't every Family Law judge have Slawson's list he gives the litigants to help them move through their cases faster. He should copywriter it and and make it mandatory for everyone downtown. Especially the new ones who look like deer in headlights, reeking havoc on poor families, costing time and money.