Hon. James C. Chalfant See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.2 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   - 0 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. James C. Chalfant


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5498
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Judges on the law. Pays attention to credibility of counsel as well as litigants. Gets it right.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5453
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Great judge - extremely smart, hard working, and humble. As a lawyer, I was very impressed with how courteous and explanatory he was to unrepresented litigants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5154
Rating:9.6
Comments:
He's extremely intelligent and detail-oriented. He reads EVERYTHING, drafts detailed tentative rulings, and patiently engages in long intellectual discussions with counsel during oral argument. He rarely changes his tentative rulings. He's very much a stickler for rules and procedures, so make sure you dot your i's and cross your t's with him. Very fair and follows the law without regard to any agenda.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5009
Rating:10.0
Comments:
No nonsense, law judge. Refreshingly candid approach. A true neutral.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4841
Rating:9.9
Comments:
He is one of the best judges in LASC. He is smart, decisive, and knowledgeable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4224
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Judge Chalfant seems to have an axe to grind with female attorneys that appear before him. He is much harsher and much more abrupt to women lawyers.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3308
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He's a good guy. Tries to get it right. Reads the papers. Issues a well thought out tentative and will engage in oral argument. Even though I have lost most of my cases in front of him, I always enjoy appearing in front of him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2412
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Very smart. Perhaps the hardest working judge on the bench in LA. He has clerk hand each side 1 copy of single spaced, multi-paged tentative ruling/decision prior to hearing on most motions or writs. Read tenative closely and thoroughly before wasting time arguing. Generally, doesn't change tentative, but since he types own tentative, watch out for typos that can make substantive difference in ruling.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2378
Rating:4.9
Comments:
Chalfant is like a car with a powerful engine and a defective GPS. He will often head off the wrong direction and even take you to the wrong destination, but you will get there quickly and without any hint of doubt.

Litigant

Comment #: CA2155
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I appeared before this judge in a Writ of Mandate action. I appreciated his patience in letting me get my non-legal profession actions completed. I especially appreciate his ruling on the matter in my favor!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2097
Rating:7.3
Comments:
Great judge. His decisions are well reasoned, even if it doesn't go your way. This is one of the few judges that I feel honored to be in front of.
He also reads everything so make sure your papers are tight.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA89
Rating:8.9
Comments:
Very impressed with his carefulness and thoroughness in deciding matters. He also has firm control over his courtroom without coming across as arrogant or condescending.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA21
Rating:8.5
Comments:
Smart, hard-working, great at resolving cases. Can be cranky.