Hon. Peter J. Mirich See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.8 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 3 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 #: CA31941
Rating:4.7
Comments:
Judge Mirich is the worst trial judge I've ever had in 20 years of civil litigation. He doesn't understand simple issues of tort or contract law and it doesn't help that he knows ZERO about the cases before he gets them. And I won my case! But he completely blew the post judgment motions - allowing defendant to "set aside a judgment" despite having appeared at trial, allowing them to strike/tax costs 66 days after the Memorandum was filed, and AWARDING ZERO DOLLARS in attorney's fees despite a clear showing by my client that she was damaged. Outrageous. This was a clear case of repeated favoritism for my opposing counsel. This decision will be appealed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA31360
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I practice both civil and criminal law. I have been before Judge Mirich on both types of cases. I have done both criminal and civil trials before him, as well as numerous pretrial matters, both criminal and civil. I have found him to be extremely thorough and thoughtful in his rulings. He definitely puts in the time to make the very best decisions weighing all of the evidence and researching the issues in the case. His Judicial temperament is such that win or lose you feel like you have had a fair shot. He is never demeaning to attorneys like so many judges are, and never belittles an attorney in front of their clients. At the same time, he is in total control of his courtroom. I can only conclude that the Judges who lash out at the litigants and attorneys or act like they know it all, are very insecure. They can all take a lesson in Judical conduct from Judge Mirich. Finally, he is an excellent settlement Judge. He understands what cases are worth, both criminal and civil. In criminal cases, he is not afraid to undercut the DA's offer in the appropriate case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5156
Rating:6.6
Comments:
I made Comment #: CA5090. I regert to say I was misinformed by Plaintiff counsels inaccurate Notice of Ruling. Mirich mooted the Motion to Quash. Plaintiff's Notice of Ruling was faulty.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5155
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Judges these days including Mirich are constrained by the case overload thrust upon them by the court system. Mirich made effort to preserve litigant's rights.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5090
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Mirich seems a good man overall, however, he is biased against Pro Pers. I appeared as plaintiff/Landlord on a UD Demurrer. Tenant had Counsel. The Demurrer was not relevant to the type of tenancy and demurred to a late fee never charged. I opposed it. Mirich was about to rule for Tenant, when I requested dismissal (tenant vacated). I used the exact wording, arguments and case law in a Demurrer I filed where I was the Tenant/Defendant in pro per and Landlord had counsel. Mirich denied it. It WAS the appropriate argument for type of tenancy. That day he "advanced" my Motion to Quash on calendar and DENIED it, BUT, it had already been ruled on and GRANTED by another Judge two weeks before.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4986
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Judge Mirich is supposed to be a fair judge, but he is not fair when it comes to unlawful detainer. We brought live roaches from our apartment to show the Court, and guess what -- the Court still took the landlord's side!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2903
Rating:9.7
Comments:
A gentleman and a professional. A friendly courtroom where you are allowed to try your case without judicial meddling.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA2448
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge is the last to leave the court building in the evening. He is the "go-to" judge for any problems that arise in the courthouse, whether they are questions about the law, clerical procedure, human relations. And he's just a downright great human being. He cares about, and knows the names of, every single employee in the courthouse, and that includes not only the clerks but also court reporters, interpreters, janitors, entrance guards,bailiffs and maintenance workers. He even asks questions about, and remembers, family members of the staff.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2152
Rating:7.9
Comments:
One of my favorite judges. He allows you enough time to try your case, sometimes, it feels like too much. But the bottom line is his rulings are always fair. very comfortable court room.