Hon. Emilie H. Elias See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.1 - 3 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. Emilie H. Elias


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6184
She is a top flight Judge. When she was a Commissioner, she was one of those that always was sought by private andpublic lawyers in both civil and criminal matters. Even is they required a stipulaiton, criminal lawyers would stipulate in a minute.

That's why no one ran against her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1866
This judge should not be on the bench. Doesn't like to make dispositive decisions; doesn't like to work up motions to make the legally correct decision. When she does make a ruling, she fails to make required "findings" (e.g., identifying a specific "question of fact" when denying MSJ). She makes her mind up early on in the case; and is easily swayed by plaintiff's lawyers to give them a "second chance", then a third, then a fourth. This ongoing process makes the litigation so lengthy, and costly, defendants will have to pay something to settle the case. (One class action case should have been dismissed on MSJ, but was allowed to pend in her court for 4 years). Also, weak on legal research, and analytilital skills. Often makes quick analogies to totally unrelated legal principles ("apples to oranges").

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1211
Smart judge with a good demeanor and sense of humor.