Hon. Sheila Shah Lichtblau See Rating Details
Superior Court
Marin 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. Sheila Shah Lichtblau


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA45142
Hands-down the most biased judge in the Marin Family Court. Horrible human being.Worst judge I have encountered in over 30 years of trying cases. she should not be on the bench. Bad tempered. Decides who should win and then molds his rulings accordingly. You cannot rely on what she says during counsel discussions or pre-trial rulings. she either doesn’t remember what she said/ruled or intentionally sandbags you. Make a record each time and get a transcript. Anything she said that is not on the record will not be honored if she doesn't want it to be, and even if the record exists, she will change her mind even after you relied on what she said/ruled. 170.6 for the sake of your client and your own sanity.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA39703
Judge Lichtblau is the best family law Judge in Marin County. She actually takes time to listen to parties and is even handed. She is polite and not condescending to anyone, including people who obviously don't know what they are doing in court. She is very even handed in most family law matters. The only criticism is that she too often errors in handing out permanent DVRO restraining orders where one party has made up false DV claims and the issues of the DVRO by her is not based on evidence other than he said/she said. Unfortunately, I have seen too many false claims of DV get past her. Other than that she is a great Judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA32974
Always pro female in family court