Hon. H. Chester Horn, Jr. See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.1 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 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. H. Chester Horn, Jr.


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5266
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Pleasant and patient during 5 day jury trial. Work with counsle to delay start of trial due to sudden illness of a party. Patient and allowed attorneys to try their case [let attorneys argue too much beyond scope of evidence]. Made error re: introduction of evidence but did research on own and reversed himself so reached the corect ruling.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3022
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Judge Horn is one of the crankiest judges to ever sit on the bench. He is never in a good mood and likes to admonish the lawyers in front of the jury for absolutely no reason. He also rules on various discovery and pre-trial motions, then does a complete 180 as if all is fine. Very unpredictable and never changes his tentative even when it is wrong. Definitely peremptory worthy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2732
Rating:4.6
Comments:
The "13th juror" is actually sitting 2d chair for the insurance company at the defense table.

Have to agree with comment #CA2250. Every possible ruling favored defense/insurance company. EVERY SINGLE ONE. From pretrial motions and motions in limine, keeping patently biased jurors, objections during trial, post-judgment motions, cost motion. EVERYTHING went defense's way.
His unfairness is a disgrace to the bench and concept of justice; perhaps he doesn't realize that his ineptitude and bias has long-term impact on lives. He should be embarrassed at his prejudices, which he should check at the door when he dons the black robe.
Could go on and on with specifics but don't want to be readily identifiable; boils down to fact that PI Plaintiff should absolutely exercise 170.6 against this joker, otherwise he will cost you significant $$$$$$$$.....

Litigant

Comment #: CA2250
Rating:4.0
Comments:
Very pro-defense in PI cases