Hon. Soussan G. Bruguera See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.9 - 19 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Soussan G. Bruguera


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5455
Rating:2.4
Comments:
I agree with the posts below. I have had her and she is terrible. She is either over worked or does not care. She will no read a thing and then take forever to send out a ruling she probably has never even read. Just a bad judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5209
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Bruguera failed to rule on my motion to compel discovery upon the defendants for seven months. She is the laziest judge I ever been in front of. Judge Bruguera is requesting the parties to provide her with detailed proposed orders as she refuses to even write the reasons why she rules the way she does and then she takes each matter under submission for months at the time. She screamed at me in her chambers and told me if I don't shut up she will call the bailiff to remove me from her courtroom when I insisted for the opposing counsels to be turned over by her for criminal prosecution and possible disbarment as they engaged in obstruction of justice and perjury.I have filed a formal complaint against Judge Bruguera with the Commission on Judicial Performance for disability discrimination, for failure to dispose of her judicial duties in a timely
manner and for humiliating and belittling me in front of the opposing counsels. 170.6 her without a doubt.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4505
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
In general, female judges and lawyers tend to be terrible. They should stay home and take care of the kids. They haven't the brains to handle complex legal questions. Most judges only became judges for the pension at the end of the line. Yes, they are lazy. Their motto: "Don't bother me and settle it in the hallway. Wake me up when it's over."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4385
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This judge should not be on the bench. I agree with the comments of other attorneys who have had the misfortune to appear in this court. This judge is biased, unprepared, lazy, appears to be falling asleep half of the time, and does not understand the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4022
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This judge is absent-minded and generally does not seem to read anything, nor is ever prepared. However, her clerk seems to think that she is in charge, and is threatening and abusive. It's a really scary situation in this courtroom. 170.6 - or you will be sorry. And I think this is their game - to get everyone to 170.6 them so they can live off the government without doing anything. Nothing else explains what goes on in this courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3670
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In 28 years of litigation, she is among the worst judges I have experienced. She is chronically late for hearings, she does not read the papers, is not prepared, yells at counsel that she knows the law when she has no clue. It is a disgrace that she is taking a judge's position that should go to someone who knows what they are doing and is hard working. She does not want to do research and does not want to work hard. What is she doing on the bench?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3174
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I cannot imagine that any judge could be worse than her. She is not competent in any aspeect of being a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3048
Rating:9.6
Comments:
I have known her for a long time. My experience is that she is very accommodating and polite to all counsel and lets you try your case. i would accept her in a heartbeat.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2884
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In 35 years of continuous commercial trial and litigation practice, Bruguera is, without any doubt, THE WORST judge I have ever had the misfortune to appear before. She is a nightmare: unspeakably lazy, dim-witted, always late (when she bothers to come to court at all), unprepared, petty, petulant, biased, generally unpleasant -- this is obviously a person with some very serious, unresolved personal issues. In my view, an attorney's failure to file a 170.6 affidavit against her is 1/2 step this side of professional malpractice. She's that bad.

Other

Comment #: CA2646
Rating:1.0
Comments:
this judgeis unfair does not review documents, I feel she will make a judgement by the appearance of a person and will not consider the facts...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2319
Rating:7.6
Comments:
I actually find her to be a very personable judge. Much better than most judges at Central District. She doesn't yell at counsel or try to humiliate or belittle them in the courtroom, she doesn't hide in chambers and try to bully and berate counsel off the record. Maybe her legal scholarship isn't that great. But there are so many unpleasant personalities in the Central District right now, the mediocre level of judicial scholarship from them doesn't come close to making up for the awful experience of having to deal with their horrible personalities.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1192
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Pro-plaintiff with no understanding of the law. Simply pathetic. Former muni court judge elevated solely due to consolidation. Probably not competent at muni court level. Definitely not competent at superior court level.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1160
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Immediate 170.6 for any party. Refuses to make decisions. Too lazy to make an effort to understand applicable law. Once she picks a side she prefers, that side wins all rulings. Unfortunately, she was recently re-elected by an electorate that has no way of knowing better.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1123
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Hands down the worst judge in the Central District. She simply does not have the brain power to be a judge. A disgrace to the judiciary.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1086
Rating:1.5
Comments:
This judge greeted all parties and counsel who went into her chambers in a matter in which I was involved with, "Here, give me a hug." It was weird. This was followed by her weird rulings, or even more, her refusal to make rulings on even the most basic things. She does not, in my opinion, belong on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA557
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How do these judges get on the bench?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA395
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Lousy. Just lousy. Agree with the other commenter. Picks a side and all the rulings go that way.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA65
Rating:1.2
Comments:
Mean and lazy. Unable or unwilling to actually dig in and understand even the simplest of cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA16
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Dumb, biased, intemperant, lazy -- and those are her strong points. Makes up her mind early which side she likes, and then all rulings go that way. It is impossible to try a case in front of her.