Hon. Michael C Small See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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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 C Small



Comment #: CA31254
Nightmare year long case, dragged out painfully with clear cut favoring and bias. Another sad example of our horrific judicial legal system . Absolute circus with this unfortunate ring leader. Small has been making horrid, large life and death decisions on hearsay.
It's criminal to have this kind of person in this position!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12149
Judge Small has demonstrated an inability to comprehend simple and straightforward facts supported by documentary evidence. His decisions have resulted in many thousands of dollars in monetary losses to California litigants and, in some cases, potentially in the millions of dollars to non California contract holders whose contract terms have been negatively impacted by the precedent established by his rulings.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA8387
This judge is a joke. I don't know who appointed him, but he should get off the bench. He primarily seems to handle small claims matters, but he is incapable of handling even that. He is completely biased, and makes his rulings on something other than the facts (i.e. the status of the parties).If you get Judge Michael Small you should use your right to strike one judge for any reason (CCP 170.6 -each side can strike one judge preemptively for any reason), to get a different judge...Whether he is knowledgeable or not is irrelevant, because he uses his knowledge to ignore the law and the facts.