Hon. Michael D. Carter See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 6 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. Michael D. Carter


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8384
Rating:1.4
Comments:
This Judge is literally on a runaway path. He managed to avoid black letter law, precident, and Court Rules religiously. He gets really creative at sentencing time. The Bar needs to take a closer look at this individual.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8212
Rating:2.1
Comments:
The worst judge I have ever been before.
Ignorant of the law.
Pro prosecution.
Biased against the defense.
Avoid him at all costs.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8034
Rating:6.4
Comments:
I have had no pretrial experience with Judge Carter, but did have a jury trial before him. Judge Carter was not involved in settlement discussions.

As I waited for that trial to commence, I watched him justly rule in favor of the defense on a PC 1538.5 motion in a felony marijuana transportation case.

In my case, the jury hung 7-5 for the defense and Judge Carter dismissed it PC 1385 after the People moved for retrial.

I was especially pleased that Judge Carter was willing to lambast the prosecution on the record (though out of the jury's presence) for failing to properly work up the case which bordered on prosecutorial misconduct.

I was disappointed that Judge Carter elected not to sequester a People's witness who was not done testifying before the lunch break despite my concern the witness would use the break to unfairly confer. Other than that, I found Judge Carter to be reasonable and even handed.

Prosecutor

Comment #: CA556
Rating:1.5
Comments:
CA248 nailed it better than I ever could.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA248
Rating:1.9
Comments:
If he has any stars it is only because I could not give him less than an 8 for punctuality. He is a terrible judge. He is not bright. Legal concepts, even the most simple ones, are lost on him. He only understands how to rule, illogically at best, in such a way as to hurt a criminal defendant, no matter what the crime. He takes cases personally. He gets very emotional (angry) when dealing with cases. With attorneys he finds attractive (apparently I am one of them) he is flirtatious and invades personal space and still shows bias and vengeance against our clients when handling our cases. He is an embarrassment to the bench. He should be disbarred for terrible judicial temperament, lack of scholarship, and lack of neutrality.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA147
Rating:4.9
Comments:
Unless defense counsel is a female he finds attractive, Carter is ruthless in his support of the prosecution.