Hon. Mary Thornton House See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.4 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Mary Thornton House


Court Staff

Comment #: CA12750
MUST RETIRE ASAP! Pasture time. Anti-justice, anti-public.


Comment #: CA12701
Judge House had shown prejudice against petitioners in her courtroom. She is moody, appears annoyed, does not listen nor care during the court hearings and is very biased. Must retire into the sanctuary of classical music.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12113
TERRIBLE judge. She doesn't read her papers or engage in meaningful Q&A and is firmly anti-truth and anti-justice. STAY AWAY FROM THIS JUDGE.
Judge House is a burnt out and horrendous judge. Truly the worst in an already incredibly screwed up LA Probate system. Totally in bed with her cadre of favorite probate lawyers. No justice (equitable or otherwise) in her courtroom. She doesn't read the papers filed and has no ability to discern underlying issues. One of the worst judges in LA Superior Court (Stanley Mosk). She is not involved in her cases and doesn't really care about judicial equity or outcomes.


Comment #: CA9598
Judge House is an idiot on the bench. I'm not going to water down the obvious. She's is to the Pasadena Courthouse what Donald Trump is to the Republican Party. A mascot.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7532
Rating:Not Rated
Maybe the slime should be recalled. Most judges are lazy and stupid that is why they beg for this easy job. It's a job with a pension at the end of the day.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7328
Judge House uses her intuition to make a judgment and will not look at evidence unless it's evidence presented from the party she favors. She is unfair and bias towards pro se litigants and will assist attorney's who appear to be losing against pro se. In my case the opposition, an attorney stated that there was no evidence of facts that existed showing actions of harassment yet Judge House ruled in his favor. This Judge permits her clerks to constantly interrupt the process of the hearing only proving how very little regard they have for business and proper professional conduct. I filed complaints to the Judicial Commission about Judge House and so can you. It's not just filing a complaint on this website but an official complaint to document her actions as substandard performance, etc. Citizens must evaluate Judges and we must grade their performance if there is evidence to support misconduct, abuse of authority, bias, incompetence. It is my experience that the County Superior Court civil servants violates citizens Constitutional Rights without regard because they have made it very difficult for citizens to apply redress. They frustrate the process of a fair trial and the laws made are to defend and protect their actions which is to trample on Constitutionally protected rights. You can't get a fair hearing unless you pose a threat to their career.


Comment #: CA4894
She is neglectful, biased, and more worried about her own personal time than about making a fair judgment. She doesn't fully examine all the evidence of both parties, and appears to come to conclusions more on a whim and less based on the actual evidence and defense.