Hon. Deirdre H. Hill See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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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)

What others have said about Hon. Deirdre H. Hill


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10422
Judge Hill is not fit to wear the robe. She was consistently late, unprepared, and disorganized. I believe that she doesn't read any briefs but relies solely on her law clerk. Her current trial estimate is 4 hours per day of actual witness testimony.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8537
Rating:Not Rated
the problem is the bar for bias or prejudice is higher than the incredibly bad rulings she makes. she just makes so much work for the appellate. lets vote her out
Over the Hill
textbook sociopath. she views her court as daily entertainment, like tv.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8230
Rating:Not Rated
Terrible and angry judge. Ignores the law to achieve her own agenda. Unfortunate for the state that she is a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5630
I agree 100% with the comment CA4658 posted on 12/19/2013. She definitely takes sides and loves to sanction. She clearly does not understand how to read a case or how to apply basic law to the case before her. She makes snap judgments and then makes her decisions based on that, regardless of the law. I was appalled at her lack of knowledge and it was clear she couldn't have cared less that she misread prior cases or that her rulings were contrary to settled law. When she finished her draconian and vindictive rulings against my client, she then provided the opposition with details on how to handle the rest of the case, and how they should not hesitate to come back into court for more relief if my client didn't "follow" the court's ruling. The only good thing to say about her is she didn't raise her voice....but everything else is a disaster.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4658
She takes a side and then is merciless, ruthless, vindictive and punitive against the party she doesn't like. She likes to sanction, and likes to make rulings making sure that the losing party loses and loses big. If she's against you, she will do everything possible to help opposing counsel screw your client over.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2542
Deidre Hill is an incompetent judge. If she was practicing law, I doubt that she could earn even a fraction of her judicial salary. She can also be extremely vindictive. She will openly refuse to follow black letter law, and does not care about the oath she took. Her husband works in state politics, as did her mother, so if your opposition is a donor, DQ her immediately. In my opinion, she is an embarassment to the state of California.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA397
I tried a commercial unlawful detainer action in front of her to a jury, to avoid the customary prejudice against defendants so common among U/D judges. She rewrote the CACI Instructions on several critical elements of the cause sua sponte. My client was severely prejudiced. She does not understand that decisions, as to whether to litigate or to settle, are often based on the law -- often most succinctly stated in the CACI Instructions. Disqualify her in any commercial U/D matter where more than $5K is involved, and anticipate that she will ignore appropriate and applicable CACI Instructions, and draft her own -- to the prejudice of the defendant.