Hon. Elaine Lu See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 5 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA29254
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I've been a trial and appellate litigator for over 20 years, and I am intimately familiar with many Los Angeles Superior Court judges. Judge Lu is the gold standard for the Los Angeles Superior Court. She is thoughtful and diligent. She looks to determine and fairly apply the law and is not afraid to grant dispositive motions where the law so requires. Frankly, she should be sitting on the Court of Appeal. I'm mystified by the negative ratings, which only go to show you that you can't believe everything you read on the internet. If you are assigned to Judge Lu, keep her. She's the cream of the crop.

Litigant

Comment #: CA29130
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She spreads the virus... of incompetence. Be careful of spillover infections. Slow down the virus infections. Practice social distancing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA24556
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Should not be on the civil bench. Does not know the Rules of Court. Easily offended if you say the slightest thing she doesn't agree with. Never on time. Onerous FSC rules with no flexibility. Is on my permanent 170.6 list.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23884
Rating:10.0
Comments:
No idea how she gets bad reviews. We recently litigated a series of complex Demurrers and she issued lengthy tentative rulings and engaged in thoughtful discussion at oral argument. Very industrious and balanced judge. You could do alot worse at Stanley Mosk.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19868
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Judge Lu is now sitting in unlimited civil in Dept. 26 at Stanley Mosk. It's immediately apparent upon observing her courtroom that she has zero civil experience or understanding of civil practice. It's concerning. She's far outside of her area of expertise but doesn't realize it. I would ding her in future cases.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA13640
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Dullwiited The lights are on, but no one is home. Could find her way out of a paper bag.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13332
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Kangaroo Lu courts gonna kangaroo Lu.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13233
Rating:2.6
Comments:
This judge is a disgrace as a Harvard graduate and to the Judicial System. She absolutely hates pro per litigants and totally biased against them.
This is how she ruled on a discovery motion against me and sanctioned me where I had brought up a motion to compel for lack of service where the party itself had served the responses (CCP 1013(a) prohibits parties from serving papers and must be done by non party), and where the declaration was incorrectly dated. Judge Lu stated, "Well, you have received the responses what is wrong with it?" totally disregarding CCP 1013(a).

Other

Comment #: CA13232
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is scared to do what's right. She isn't one to make decisions before she is sure which way the wind is blowing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13227
Rating:2.8
Comments:
An idiot. Nice, hard working, but an absolute moron. How she passed the bar is a mystery...how she got appointed is a scandal.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12843
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge makes other judges look good. Does not inspire confidence in the judicial system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12617
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge does not read.

Other

Comment #: CA12616
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge does not read. Fake. Emotional, not rational.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12349
Rating:7.7
Comments:
This judge reads everything! Many do not. More than often they do not.
Her tentatives are elaborate. Again, I've seen lots of judges tentatives say "denied". Nothing else.
Done quite a bit of L&M with her and don't agree on many matters but the work ethic is there and after 36 years I am sad to say there are not many of these hard working judges left. Get her out of limited jurisdiction with less than 1000 cases and all pro pers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10461
Rating:4.0
Comments:
In her haste to lighten what is admittedly a heavy case load, Judge Lu denies almost every ex parte request to advance a hearing date that is closer than the current FIVE MONTH BACKLOG on the CRS. I have seen her reject more than 10 such requests during 5 days I spent at her 1:30 pm law and motion ex parte time. It is a travesty. Her complete disregard for the legitimate serious adversity established by a party through admissible evidence is shocking. She has Violated Canons 1, 2, and 3 in my case.

Litigant

Comment #: CA9875
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very partial judge who is biased against the pro se litigants. She has deliberately made an erroneous, unjust ruling despite the governing statutes and controlling authorities.

Litigant

Comment #: CA9494
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Very fair judge. At least she takes the time to read the motions and decide upon it.