Hon. Shirley K Watkins See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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* 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)
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* 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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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA23709
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A gutter judge. Take your case elsewhere if you're looking to have it heard by someone competent and half way decent.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA23703
Rating:1.0
Comments:
worst judge in the world! should go back to law school...or pre-school. Wouldn't surprise me if she ruled that murder was legal based on what i've seen this incompetent nutto do. Truly shocked that this oaf became a judge, I wouldn't hire her as a wal mart greeter.

Litigant

Comment #: CA23661
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge acts mean because she is very insecure in the courtroom and therefore lashes out due to frustration and the inability to make rational decisions at the moment. She takes pending matters under submission most likely letting the law clerk (probably without much legal background) make the decisions. She is bad news

Litigant

Comment #: CA23577
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A beast! A Misanthrope- hater of mankind. She emits suppressed rage. Possibly going through some sort of hormonal imbalance. Clammy looking features. Incoherent immature rulings that are reckless and incoherent. It's apparent that she has severe personal problems and brings this into the courtroom. She is just lost. Don't even consider this judge to handle your case. An abomination.

Other

Comment #: CA23515
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Truly an abuse of power. She is a nightmare of a judge if she is presiding over your case. Openly brags about how powerful she is, describing what she has done in other cases, yet is not at all discerning in her decisions, let alone the decision to brag, and certainly not in my case. It's whatever her temperament is at the time, whichever way the wind blows. From session to session, she will backtrack on something that she agreed to prior. Nothing but equivocation. She makes scowling faces at you like a petulant school girl. She is extremely bizarre. Rude and condescending all around.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23463
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
To state that Watkins has a great listening skills and is upholding are laws is nothing but a joke, or may be she has asked someone to post it for her after the enormous amount of true facts that expose her bias, prejudice, lack of knowledge of the law and her unfitness for this position. Definitely 170.6

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA23333
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Courteous listening skills = get out of here or else....gritting here teeth and sweating face....fails to follow basic law and Constitutional rights. Does not read papers or for that matter if she even (skim if at best) did she hasn't a clue how to analyze because she is dim wit. I believe that she must go thru legal clerks quite frequently. She is a very difficult person. G-d save the court system because it is doomed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA23314
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Comment below mine makes no sense. Sounds like this joker has a blockage in the brain. When there is a no good judge, others need to be made aware and this is the site where the words mean something. If you don't listen now, beware of the misery you will endure if you fall prey to Watkins. Nuff said.

Other

Comment #: CA23288
Rating:9.0
Comments:
From my perspective, Judge Watkins demonstrated courteous listening skills, asked questions wisely, and after review of all facts, I found Judge Watkins made decisions impartially. With her experience, credible education, and temperament I am proud to have her responsible for making sure our laws serve justice and uphold the Constitution.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA23257
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Grits her teeth and feigns a smile once in awhile. She is frustrated at life and shows this in open court. Very disturbing. Her court will be empty soon because she is a prime candidate for 170.6. Spoke to other lawyers who had cases with her and they said she is a definite ding.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA23256
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Watkins was a prior medical mal practice atty. who apparently yelled at her clients when they didn't want to settle. Yelled so loud that it could be heard out in the waiting room. So frustrated was this judge that she decided to leave the practice and get in line to become a judge. It's an easier paycheck no doubt. No longer have to yell at clients only demean litigants in court. This woman has no business being a judge. Hasn't the brains to rationally decide cases. It's all about if she likes your "look" or some other vicious idea that she concocts. I am sure that she has legal clerks to help her out but she is off the wall in her comments and demeanor. Clearly a mental mess. 170.6

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA22134
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Imagine a criminal puts on a judge's robe, calls herself Shirley Watkins and presides over your case, would you like that? many of the reviewers call her incompetent, I think she's just mentally deranged with a predeliction towards chaos and criminality. my advice, get out of her courtroom, and then once you have flood the presiding judge with complaints about her. Eventually, like any rash or tick, she'll go away.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA22132
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A brainless, arrogant, mean spirited individual who is unfit to be a judge. Beware: Watkins is an airhead with no scruples who thinks she knows everything, she is thus very dangerous, like a child who has been given a load gun.

Litigant

Comment #: CA21901
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Rude and nasty and when she thinks that she has you on the ropes she "tears and twist" like a rabid alligator. Takes delight in being rude and cruel. Takes glee and joy in making an atty. miserable. She has crossed the line in being a decent human being. Show compassion as it seems to work well for other bench officers. In this day of portable media and lightening speed reporting, the eyes are on you. The potential of removal and or recall from the bench are all possibilities. "stay away" from this bench officer until she changes her ways.

Other

Comment #: CA21843
Rating:1.0
Comments:
170.6 and don't even have 2nd thought.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA21838
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Of all the hundreds of judges I have been before, she is the worst, the dumbest, the most unprofessional, the most mean spirited piece of junk. Disgrace that this unwholesome rotten person can actually become a judge. She doesn't know the law, she doesn't know how to think...being before her is like opening up a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get, except that it's bad. dealing with her is like a game of russian roulette...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA21592
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is the worst judge ever... stay away from her she will ruin you life. I had all the evidence against my ex yet she decided to convict me of something she has no evidence for

Litigant

Comment #: CA21368
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Only a judge for a short period of time and she already has been removed from Family Law Court due to an overwhelming amount of complaints. Now she finds herself in civil court trials and this too is becoming a troubling position. Have a hunch that her personal life is conflicting with her court life and she is making poor decisions and exhibiting a poor demeanor to litigants who are kind and
forcing a smile. 170.6 this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA21099
Rating:1.0
Comments:
my advice: get away from the dishonorable Watkins as fast as you can. she is just about the dumbest most rotten piece of trash that ever lived.

Other

Comment #: CA19702
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A horrific experience of an extremely bias Judge, that rules based on her intuition, bias, prejudice and jealousy. Does not rule based on the law, the facts and the circumstances of the case. She did not uphold the oath she took, when was sworn as a Judge. I am glad she is now just handling the Master calendars in the Van Nuys courtfor Lawyers, as she does not deserve the bench to rule on issues dealing with People's lives.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA18866
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Unfamiliar with the law and exhibits overwhelming bias. After wrongfully granting a preliminary inj., she denied my request for a PI bond (required by law), then signed a PI order giving property away (also prohibited by law). I agree with the poster below, 170.6 this judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA18697
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Smartest judge on the bench!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA18397
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Poor Van Nuys Superior Court...they can't get a break and constantly draw bottom of the barrel judges. Judge Watkins apparently doesn't have either the energy or the ability to write an opinion, even on motions she takes under submission. For this she gets a zero for scholarship. I now file everything I can downtown, as Van Nuys Superior is an empty shell of a courthouse. I also encourage my clients to go to private judges, because with an ADR judge you are assured of getting a judge with a brain, who can write a reasoned opinion. 170.6 Judge Watkins for sure.

Other

Comment #: CA14385
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Hate for women.
Gives ridiculous parenting advice.
Can’t be married or have kids - if she is they must be total train wreck.
Nasty to the core.
Finds delight in others painful
Hard to stomach her face.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14384
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Watkins is an embarrassment to the judicial system. She is blatantly biased, she always has to be right, she believes she is smartest person in the room, she goes by her “suspicions” rather than facts, she twists the truth to support her point, she is rude and condescending, and she has flat out lied. A miserable women who caused chaos and harm daily.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA14149
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is far from objective. Hard to believe she has law degree, let alone was appointed a judge. She never acts in the best interest of the minor children. She rules based on her opinion rather than evidence or common sense. Nothing short of a disgrace.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14103
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have been in front of 7 different judges and never experienced anything even close to how this person behaves. She has made up her mind prior to hearing either side. She has some extreme dislike of mothers. She is inappropriate and unfounded in her actions. A horrible experience. How she is a judge I will never understand.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14008
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Run away screaming! If you see her name on the docket, be sure to request another judge! You only have 10 days to do so.
Look at all these reviews! All saying the same exact things!
Her Misandrist mentality is so bad, it even extends to women sometimes.
This Monster needs to be Impeached!

Litigant

Comment #: CA13915
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I heard they are moving her to another assignments, away from Family Court, while in fact, she needs to be removed completely from the bench because she is a terrible Judge. I believe she is insecure, does not rule fairly and has one sided opinion. She does not listen to the other side and forms her opinions based on her little wisdom ( I doubt she has any).

Litigant

Comment #: CA13175
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Unjust, abuses her power and puts children in harms way.
This is a matter of a judge that is not abiding by the law and doing what’s in the best interest of the children.

In having to attend several court hearings I see it is not just my case in which she intentionally places children with the unfit parent. It shows to be her goal and repeated strategy.
No matter how many facts I have presented in court to show the other parent is indeed very dangerous and harms our child, Watkins turns it against me and has made me pay with her vindictive rulings.

Something must immediately be done. She has not been on the bench very long and has already damaged so many lives. The facts are supposed to be looked at and laws are to be considered in her rulings, but instead she makes biased rulings based on who she favors that day.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13143
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I question this judge’s integrity and competency in performing her judicial duties. She is a disgrace to the judicial system and her appointment was an error. Governor Brown, your action to immediately remove her from the bench is a must because the public have lost confidence in the judicial system.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12681
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I totally agree with other peoples comments. Judge Watkins should NOT be a judge for family court!She is very bias. Her ruling is always inacurate and seems that she has already made up her mind before hearing the case. She has horrible common sence, does Not read papers before. I was in her courtroom like about a month ago. She was so bias she ONLY heard from my exhusbands side, and chewed me up for protecting my 5 year old from his abusive father. There was a case before mine and her ruling was way off. Judge Watkins gave custody to a "father" who has a drug addiction, has no job or a place of his own. She always leans to man... she must have some issues of her own that blind her from achieving a proper ruling. Childrens lives and future are at risk with this Bias Judge. Judge Shirley Watkins Should be REMOVED IMMEDIATELY! I personally believe, Michael Convey has been one of the best Judges that courtroom has had. Because he was a reasonable inparcial Judge who cared about childrens safety and ofcourse had experience in Family Law... Something that Judge Watkins lacks on.

Other

Comment #: CA12574
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Watkins should NOT be a judge for family court! After reading threat after threat from my ex, history of placing me in the hospital and a recent police report of a break in she refused to look at witness statements, police report and refused to grant a restraining order and even leaned in to my ex and said, "I get it I really do" She "gets" abuse she "gets" stalking bc this individual pays me money???? Besides this her rulings are erratic and do not seem based on any type family law but her whims and her own opinions. I do NOT see her in any light a family judge and she should be removed IMMEDIATELY - child lives and their innocence are in jepardy with Judge Watkins loose cannon of judicial rulings

Other

Comment #: CA12062
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge has no common sense. A Bias judge who makes decisions based on her own opinions and doesnt take into consideration the facts that are presented to her. Watkins  was willing only hear one side of the testimony when in a trial setting you should hear both sides. She could careless if you lose everything, she much rather have you pay a ridiculous amount of money then to be involved in your child's life. Its disappointing to know that from here on out my case and practically my life and trying to be involved in my childs life is up to this awful judge. I dont understand how the system allows this, look at the reviews! Every review on this judge is a negative one. There isnt one good review on this judge. Why is that? Take a look at other judges reviews and you'll see the complete opposite. I'm left with nothing. Im losing my apartment, i can no longer see my child as often because i have to move an hour away with a relative.

Other

Comment #: CA11894
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I had her removed from my case after reading these comments. You have only 10 days to file the papers otherwise your stuck with her. Just go to the same room where you filed the original papers and ask them for the forms to have her removed. I had only a brief encounter with her and am happy I removed her from my case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11386
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Run from this Courtroom and Judge. Terrible demeanor, came from a medical malpractice background and she does not familiarize herself with the law. She never reads the papers before the Court, schedule her cases over multiple hearings before she renders her ruling and when finally she writes her decision, she is always inaccurate. I would urge Governor Brown to investigate her judicial competency and remove her from the bench immediately.

Other

Comment #: CA11192
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The worst judge I have even seen. She has no idea what a family even is. Sad state of affairs when this is what a judge should be.

Other

Comment #: CA11184
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She loves to make bulling, no manners to treat person, no profesionalism, short of criteria she does not about enmiedas or anything related, my sugestion she needs to go back home and learn how to better human bein and values.

Other

Comment #: CA10916
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Justice does not exist in her courtroom. She does not follow family law. Her decisions are illogical and scattered. Her temperament is deplorable and not "judicial" in any manner. She's an embarrassment to the court. But what is most concerning is that she abuses the litigants and attorneys, even resorting to name calling. Should never have been appointed as a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10913
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible Judge that needs extensive training. Not organized, does not follow the law, refuses to hear arguments, disrespectful to both litigants and their counsels, continues her hearings because of lack of proper scheduling, her rulings are always in accurate and are not in accordance with the law. The Judiciary Committee have to reevaluate her performance and preclude her reelection to the bench as she is an abusive bully, that does not have the decorum of an attorney, let alone a Judge.

Other

Comment #: CA10908
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Terrible Judge, must be removed from the bench. Not qualified, intellectually lazy, need additional training, does not pose herself as a Judiciary.

Other

Comment #: CA10885
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Watkins failed to address the facts, the evidence and seemed very biased. She did not have clear knowledge of the case and it probably was due to the fact that she extended the court hearing to a total of 9 times within 16 months. Judge Watkins is ruling on family law when her background was clearly corporate law. I would never recommend her! Run!

Litigant

Comment #: CA10829
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How did this woman become a judge?! With all due respect, Gov. Brown, this was a mistake! She was our lawyer at Michels/Watkins for a med mal case when our daughter was killed, blatantly, by a doctor. Watkins was a nightmare lawyer; dumped us as clients because we wouldn't settle like she wanted. The others in the firm came crawling back because they knew we were due justice and Watkins had broken our legal agreement. Watkins is a horrible human being and has no soul, God forgive me, because she has children! Please, get her out of the legal system!
I heard her yelling about our case while we were in the waiting room- so offensive, I can't discuss here.
She has hang-ups about her own life/ kids; revealed her daughter didn't want to come home from summer camp...what does that even mean?!

Other

Comment #: CA10614
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible woman. Judges the people in front of her before listening to the case at hand. She doesn't read the paperwork. She's rude and even calls people names. Is extremely disrespectful and should have never been appointed this position. Should be taken off the bench for screwing w/ the livelyhood of the people in front of her. She only made my situation worse by ruling in favor for a shitty father. If you have female clients, tell them to play themselves down. Judges pretty women!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10453
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is a disrespectful Judge. She does not read the papers, she does not follow the law, she is intellectually lazy. She should be removed from the bench, as she is a mens to the judicial system.

Other

Comment #: CA10387
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Obviously, Judge Watkins is not fit to be a judge. Why doesn't everyone file a complaint with the Commission on Judicial Performance. Hopefully, she will be removed and replaced with someone else who is more fit to be a judge.

Other

Comment #: CA10264
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is unfit for her position. Seems to forget that she is a Judge and no longer a defense attorney. She has already made up her mind before a court proceeding starts. She literally did not let either side present their case: she asked all the questions of only one side and did all the talking. Neither attorney had a chance to say one word. She is the kind of woman whom the ends always justify the means and she will belittle, manipulate and penalize the victim for following the very court order meant to protect them from the abuse they've suffered. She gets off on abusing those she presides over. She is sadistic and needs to be removed from the bench. Her abuse of power has gone on for far too long. Do your research and request a new judge within the ten days of notice to have your rights and due process protected.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10123
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Watkins temperament is ill suited for a bench position. She literally yelled at two different litigants in two different cases while I sat in her courtroom. She had no cause to scream at the top of her lungs at anyone. They were all well behaved and respectful. She really abused her authority as a judge to punish the litigants and lawyers alike. I was terrified for my turn to come up. And when it was my turn, she was obnoxiously rude, didn't know the law (I'm a layman and I know more law than she does), and she said one thing and then 10 ten minutes later she contradicted herself on it. And when I pointed out the discrepancy, she told me essentailly that she'd made her decision. Well which answer applies? The one before or the one 10 minutes later? Apparently, it was the one 10 minutes later. There are 3 or 4 family court rooms up there, and if I were the other judges, I'd be embarrassed to be associated with Judge Watkins. I have never seen such incompetence in my life. She's abusive, knows nothing about the law, and won't let you explain anything. I'm going to look into how to file a complaint about her. And she needs to be removed from position as a judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10082
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Shirley K. Watkins has no business being a judge! Especially in a court where she holds peoples lives and destiny in her hands!
She has no sense of impartiality what so ever!
She showed such incredible bias for the female perpetrator of Immigration Marriage Fraud, and such indelible Prejudice towards and against me the victim that she Violated My civil Rights!
Shirley K. Watkins is a sexist, and should be impeached! I would sue her for everything she owns if I could!

Litigant

Comment #: CA9959
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is very rude. Even if your tone is calm and you are giving her and her courtroom respect, she still uses a bullying temperament to get her point across. She has admitted that she does not read the papers but does not allow for oral argument. She also makes it clear to show that she is annoyed and disinterested in every case that is heard before her. She makes it extremely hard to refer to her as "Your Honor" as there is nothing honorable about her. An extreme case of abusing her power.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9637
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Talks down to people. Very rude. Does not follow California Family Code.

Litigant

Comment #: CA9636
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Tends to favor women. Watched in court room as she granted a restraining order to a woman that was bitter that her husband left her and attacked him because he was with another woman.

Litigant

Comment #: CA9635
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Does not follow the law. Instead makes up her own rules based on her values.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8936
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I echo the comments of others here. Extremely disrespectful of all. I have heard her screaming at Pro Pers, she was disrespectful towards my client and yelled at the client. Total disregard for the United States, California Constitutions, total disregarding for the Code of Civil Procedure and the law.
Indeed she ignores the law and to call her arbitrary and capricious is a substantial understatement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8934
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I echo the comments of others here. Extremely disrespectful of all. I have heard her screaming at Pro Pers, she was disrespectful towards my client and yelled at the client. Total disregard for the United States, California Constitutions, total disregarding for the Code of Civil Procedure and the law.
Indeed she ignores the law and to call her arbitrary and capricious is a substantial understatement.

Other

Comment #: CA8883
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Very unreasonable and rude Judge. Does not read the papers. Does not hear oral argument. Yet she makes orders, which are clearly based on nothing except her baseless, biased opinion. Do not confuse her with the facts. She makes up her mind and will not waiver. She will do anything to justify her orders.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8402
Rating:2.4
Comments:
A generally disrespectful bully, especially to female litigants, and especially younger, female attorneys. No role model at all.

Other

Comment #: CA8099
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Needs intensive training and mentoring. Keeps the Courtroom disorganized and is not respectful to either side, especially to Pro Per individuals. Jumps between motions submitted by ignoring them going to another motion and then continuing the Motions. Judge is disrespectful to Court staff.
Order after Hearings are not accurate.