Hon. William P. Barry See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. William P. Barry


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10140
Does not read filings. I filed paperwork in response to a request from opposing counsel to continue a matter to complete discovery. My reply addressed why the matter shouldn't be continued complete with citations to the record and supporting legal authority. Opposing counsel has not based any relief requested on legal authority whatsoever. In fact, his filings are bereft of legal citation. The matter was continued. The judge stated I could file a Motion for Discovery Abuse at which time I reminded him I did and he took it off calendar. He said file it again. Meanwhile allowing the other side to continue discovery that has already been conducted that was not authorized. If filings are not being read, why bother putting any work into them?


Comment #: CA10132
Rating:Not Rated
He has been handling probate for nearly a year. He is punctual and prepared. He expects others to be equally punctual and prepared. He asks straight questions and does not suffer fools. His judicial temperament is at "gold standard". He is an excellent judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7579
Very weary of this judge. He is involved in Inn of the Court. That is not normally a problem, but when a judge conflates moral ethics with legal ethics, it prevents him from carrying out his duties. He will toss the rules out if he feels an injustice has occurred, and this is problematic on many levels. Imagine a criminal defendant being deprived of his rights because a judge feels the ends justify the means. We cannot afford judges like this on the bench - it subject the system to manipulation.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7507
Those who think he is thorough have never done a trial with this judge. He makes blatant statements about the law that simply are not true, and then when you test him, he gets upset. Provide thorough tentative decision on CMC statements and pointless pretrial issues - but try getting him to actually read a substantive motion. Takes more cases than he can handle, and doesn't understand how to manage his own courtroom. For someone who is so stern, you would expect some quality!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7493
Is unpredictable and inconsistent. I think he takes more cases than he can handle. If he decides an outcome should happen, he will bend the law to get it there. Preaches legal ethics, but will disregard the law if he gets upset, which is inconsistent with that ideology. A good judge will always follow the law, even if he feels a case did not pan out as he would have liked. Do not take this judge - those who think he is a good judge have never seen him in one of his angry fits Also will speak to solo lawyers disrespectfully - is extremely defense oriented.

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: CA7492
I was in his court once awaiting my case to be called, and saw him apply completely different standards to two attorneys. If you piss him off, he will throw out the rules and apply cowboy justice. Also, takes more cases from the HUB courts then he can handle, will read easy submission (which is why people think he is thorough after a CMC), but will not read briefs which require more attention to detail. He will say one thing and then completely forget it by the next hearing. Just when you think he is your friend, he will find a way to dispose of your case at MSJ. One time he got back from a vacation, and it was clear he had no idea what was going on during his morning calendar. He bites from than he can chew.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7431
Probably my favorite judge in LA County. This judge disposes of cases quickly if they are without merit, and makes sure that you have facts and the law to back up your arguments. If you have a case in front of him, make sure you read his tentative rulings before you show up to court (he keeps them online for almost EVERY hearing, including CMCs).

While he does not suffer for fools, he maintains an even temperament, and I believe actually reads and analyzes motions before taking the bench (unlike many judges in LASC). Wish I had more cases assigned to his court room.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6535
Just about the most perfect judicial temperament you could ask for. If every other judge had his ability, humility, knowledge, sincerity, evenhlandedness and lack of bias, the courts would be a much better place.


Comment #: CA6534
Eun for the hills with this judge. If you're a person of color forget it. You're autmatically nuts and hostile. Get out if there fast

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5035
Judge Barry is in Compton B. He handles civil litigation. He posts tentatives online and he expects you to read it prior to walking into court. He asks very specific questions, which you can prepare for if you read the tentative. Be ready to answer detailed questions about the case.

He's a member of the Inn of the Court. He regularly attends its events.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4378
While I did not necessarily agree with every ruling that Judge Barry made, I believe that if you conduct yourself appropriately you will find that Judge Barry wants to do the right thing. If you want to do the right thing as well, and demonstrate that in your preparation and professionalism, the judge will be fair. That's my experience. I'm a big fan. I'm a plaintiffs' attorney.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2797
Outstanding judge in all respects.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1236
Outstanding judge: Will drive you crazy at times bending over backwards to accommodate the apparent underdog, but will not hesitate to slam the door shut in the end, and keep it shut, when the case warrants. Reads your papers thoroughly, will invite you to sit down during oral argument and hash everything out, and keeps his cool throughout.