Hon. Steven J. Kleifield See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.6 - 2 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. Steven J. Kleifield


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4793
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Judge Kleifield has consistently ruled against my clients, but I have to say that he is hardworking and trying to be thoughtful and fair. I really consider him a good judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4508
Rating:2.0
Comments:
He allows witnesses to openly lie in court and still accepts the rest of their testimony, even after admitting that the witness was impeached.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4452
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
While he may seem ponderous, I appreciate that he applies the law to each decision, and listens. He is one of the few judges who seemed to evaluate the evidence without making up his mind prior to completion. He was fair, and recognized that real estate fraud does exist.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA4440
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He might be the worst judge in the whole Stanley Mosk courthouse. He doesn't know the law, and always relies on his clerks to tell him everything. He seems like a trainee judge, which is not good, considering he's been on the bench for over ten years. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1929
Rating:4.1
Comments:
He used to be in criminal court now he is in Mosk Courthouse unlimited. Seems like a nice enough guy but is very slow and ponderous when hearing arguments and his personality is such that out of the blue he acts like a real jerk at times.