Hon. R. Bruce Minto 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)

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What others have said about Hon. R. Bruce Minto


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5125
Judge Minto to me is one of the best judges I have appeared in front of. He seems to be very neutral, is not sanction-heavy, and has a pleasant demeanor in court. His tentative rulings are well reasoned, and he doesn't make rash decisions.

Sometimes he can be a little too indecisive to a fault, as I have seen him have oral argument where new issues came up, and he ordered the parties to brief the new issues and taking it under submission, rather than just drawing a line in the sand. With judges like that I sometimes wonder if their clerk is just doing the work for them or if they are OCD about making sure they don't have an appellate issue later.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3394
great judge and nice person

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3289
Rating:Not Rated
He should retire. He is toooooooooo far
gone seems to make matters worse with his indecisiveness.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2089
He is an average judge, maybe slightly above average. His mind seems made up by the time he issues the tentative ruling. He comes off like he's humoring you when he hears oral argument on a tentative. He is respectful and pleasant to counsel. He doesn't seem necessarily pro-plaintiff or defendant; rather, I get the sense he's pro-settlement and wants to clear the docket as much as possible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1951
Judge Minto was always prepared and knowledgeable. He did not give tenative rulings. He would give his tentative and then allow for oral argument. After oral argument he takes the matter under submission and issues a ruling usually the same day, which you get in the mail two to three days later. I found him to be even handed. He pushed us to stick to the fast track and did not grant trial continuances on an ex parte basis. He writes his notes on the inside cover of the main file, which seemed comprehensive.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1733
This judge is pleasant enough, nice guy and all that. But LAZY and DISORGANIZED! Hearings are repeatedly continued because he loses the papers, or because he hasn't read the papers. Sometimes he will bring four or five lawyers clear out to his courtroom in Pomona, only to take the bench and announce that he hasn't read the papers. Then, after it has become obvious that he doesn't have a clue about the motion before him, he will invite the attorneys to argue the motion anyway, with the promise that he'll read the papers later. Ridiculous! Although he is "nice", his actions are inconsiderate and wasteful of other's time, effort and money. To be avoided if possible -- reach for your CCP section 170.6.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1056
I had a complex multiparty suit before Judge Minto. He is friendly enough, but several times, he lost papers in his chambers, could not keep track of the case, and kept delaying rulings because he had not gotten to things. One of his pretrial rulings was reversed on a writ. Thankfully, the case was transferred elsewhere before the trial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA366
Very helpful in settling our case right before trial. Smart and pleasant.