Hon. John P. Doyle See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.5 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 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. John P. Doyle


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA32107
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Doyle goes on and on and on. A simple OSC re dismissal can take close to 2 hours because he starts talking about random things unrelated to the case or the issues at hand. He doesn't listen when the attorneys are speaking, and has no idea about the cases before him. He is "nice" and constantly compliments the judge, "you're doing a great job, fantastic!" but superficially. Not a great judge.


Comment #: CA9977
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Doyle is nothing but a puppet & Judge Nelson is the one pulling his strings. In my recent case with him, he withheld evidence even though I quoted Brady Due Process and allowed the "witness" to question me. All of my questions were overruled on no grounds. He is extremely pro-settlement, to the point of exhaustion. Nice guy, but a terrible judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8631
Doyle lacks an appreciation for the civil litigation process. He micromanages cases, from his criminal law background, instead of letting the attorneys handle their own cases.


Comment #: CA4764
Judge Doyle quite obviously did not read any of the documents or testimony in my case. Therefore, he didn't have a clue what was he was dealing with. His strategy was to postpone and hope that the case would just go away. Had he read the documents on either side of the case or bothered to hear testimony from witnesses, he would have actually been able to make a decision. During his long, lecture-style pontification, he even said that he did not want to make a ruling because some other judge in some future case would say "Judge Doyle did what?" So...he didn't want to make a ruling because some future judge in some future unrelated case might think his ruling was wrong? You have got to be kidding me! Maybe if you'd read the documents, you would have had a better idea what was going on in the case before you!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4397
Judge Doyle is an extremely nice man. He is considerate, civil, and forgiving. But he seems to come from a perspective of "let's all get along." So, he's unwilling to enforce the rules and the law strictly. And he bends over backwards to give wayward counsel the "benefit of the doubt." He's a good judge for an unprepared plaintiff's lawyer; he's a bad judge for a well-prepared defense lawyer.