Hon. Sarah J. Heidel 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. Sarah J. Heidel



Comment #: CA32208
This judge completely botched this case!!!!! When presented with a 12 year old no brainer court case where the ex husband was proven guilty of physical, emotional and sexual abuse toward his ex wife and children, this gaslighting judge shut down ALL police, hospital and 730 psychiatric evaluations. She said she had no time to read the case. She appointed minors counsel Kandy Sullivan who further gaslighted the mother and key whiteness, mixed up names and events when “informing” the judge and flat out lied over and over again to make the mother appear in the wrong or discredit Her. All hear say!!!! Was the ex husband paying them off? Did they know each other as pals outside of court?? Something is very very wrong here. The way they spoke to this mother was devaluing her. They insulted her on a level that would put anyone on the defensive. It was like ugly teenage girls in the school yard picking on the pretty sweet girl out of jealousy. The judge believes her “friends”, the lawyers in her circle, over anything else. Every judge who ruled on the matter before found the ex husband guilty of profound abuse for years. 12 restraining orders on the guy! They should have seen through his manipulations. This should have been interpreted as just another routine harassment by the ex husband. He did jail time for it! He had A record of crime, substance abuse and psychological problems! The judge and Kandy Sullivan NEVER read the evidence. I watched as this poor mother , with a completely clean record, loose custody of her children to this monster of a man for literally no reason. The judge never gave a reason. The mother asked “why?!” Then the judge asked the mother a question and when the mother began to answer the judge said “now is not the time to interrupt me!!! I’m making my ruling and nothing you say matters.” I watched that poor mother leave the court room and collapse crying, rightfully so. Her older autistic son also crying, with physical scars left on his face by the ex husband. The 22 year old autistic son told Kandy Sullivan how his ex stepfather sexually touched his sisters when he was drunk....Kandy Sullivan did nothing. She did not tell the judge or police. She did tell the judge that mom locked the son outside in the cold. The autistic son stood up in the court room and said “ no! My old dad did that to me not my mom!!” The judge interrupted him and told him to sit down, and said “ moms not credible.” What?! The judge Sarah H. Kandy Sullivan and Delilah Knox should be put in prison for all the families they ruined. Watching this gang of women bullying this devoted mother....I was the first time in my life I hoped hell was real so this awful judge and team of flying monkeys could go straight there.


Comment #: CA31671
Very frustrating working with this judge. This judge is clearly new and does NOT know family law. Poor decisions. Standard stuff. I wish I could say more without revealing my case, but do not expect a good outcome with complex issues. Judge is clearly trying to earn her rank by acting like Judge Judy and putting people in her place, then makes poor, uninformed decisions and admits she's not familiar with many of the laws and statutes at issue. These are children's lives in the balance at her willy-nilly decisions. It's very disconcerting. Has missed the mark on several key, basic issues. Avoids making decisions and basically just tells people to "work it out" over and over.

Agree with Kandy Sullivan lack of aptitude as a child advocate as well. Children's therapists have been shocked and agreed to share info to persuade her but she's more concerned with being "right".


Comment #: CA31669
They need to get rid of her!! Stop ruining children’s lives my son is in danger because of this women and the court appointed minors counsel Kandy Sullivan! They have no business thinking they know the best interest of children

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA21870
Terrible family Judge. Miss applies the law. Issues order contrary to policy and law

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA20083
horrible judge.


Comment #: CA20082
Rating:Not Rated
Horrible. Extremely dissapointed in this judge. I was part of a divore and custody case. Please note that this case also had extreme domestic violence and threats towards myself and my children. The judge dismissed all that. Did not give me a chance to thoroughly explain and awarded this dangerous man visitation. She fell right for the same manipulation this man spent 12 years doing to me. I though Judges were trained to make better judgments. I'm disgusted by this judge.


Comment #: CA18422
YIKES! not an experienced family law Judge. Did a 3 year old RFO MODIFICATION, based off her opinion "it was going to create issues?" although there was no response was filed. Joke to the judicial system. DO NOT FILE YOUR FAMILY LAW CASE IN POMONA. Just go down to the Hill street court house.