Hon. Stephen Owen Hedstrom See Rating Details
Superior Court
Lake County
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.0 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 1 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. Stephen Owen Hedstrom


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10010
This is a great judge. I am saying this from a criminal defense perspective. I admire his work. But he takes his time, so his decisions aren't swift but they are extremely thoughtful.


Comment #: CA7416
Poor judgement in a child custody case. Gave facts straight and thorough, but the other party was favored even after being called out on lies and giving less than accurate information. Seems to still abide by the old fashioned "mother knows best" case for the child. Lies, smears, and the fact of being the woman were favored over stability, honesty, and the child's well being. I recommend another more experienced judge for a child custody case. And the case was dragged out for literally 8 hours due to judges incompetent usage of time

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA494
Though a former prosecutor, this judge rides a Harley and understands the fair and impartial concept. Come prepared, play straight and know your ethical obligations -- and your client will get a fair trial.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA412
Judge claims to be familiar with
medical marijuana cases and decisions.
Offered a status motion, which he denied
with prejudice. See H&S 11362.795.