Hon. Layne H. Melzer See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.9 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 2 rating(s)
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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. Layne H. Melzer


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA46318
Solid judge - decent but not perfect temperament. It seems like he works very hard and is very busy. Is able to size up a civil case fairly quickly.


Comment #: CA43166
Rating:Not Rated
Worst Judge out there. PURE EVIL!!! He puts children in danger, is full of ego and should not even be working in ANY court system. It's scary to let this MONSTER Judge anyone's case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA41583
In my experience in pre-trial matters he has exhibited both fairness, knowledge and a keen sense of understanding how to motivate the Parties to work together toward a common resolution. His judicial temperament is admirable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA38784
Judge Melzer is one of the worst I have ever seen. He does not care about procedure. He does not see through complete BS. He does not know the law or the facts. I will strike him in the future.


Comment #: CA35277
Rating:Not Rated
Pro Se standards of review and upholding public confidence in our justice system is the last thing on his mind. Judge Melzer has it out for pro se litigants. If you can’t afford an Attorney, don’t file a case and if you dare to, he will accept ex partes and dismiss the defendants without your knowledge. He will dismiss the facts and send you to another Judge to further set you back and teach you a lesson. He has no time to set a good example and help a person in pro per . A+ for showing the public how corrupt our courts are!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA31635
This judge will do whatever he can to avoid trying a case. He is lazy and puts cases off for as long as he can. He
is of the genre of judges who want every case to settle, even ramming settlement down the throats of parties and attorneys when no settlement is possible. He should give back his pay check as he surely is not earning it


Comment #: CA31509
Judge Layne Melzer is by far one of the worst judges I have ever been before. He doesn't read the papers, doesn't know the law, and is extremely biased. It's really shocking he is a trial court judge. The only time you will get a decent ruling in his courtroom is when there is a judge pro tem.


Comment #: CA12534
Judge is fair to both parents with best interest of child his main focus. Only problem is that I wish he would make decisions on a more timely basis instead of dragging cases on for months.