Hon. Edward B. Moreton, Jr. See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.2 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA46312
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst judge. He goes into CMC not only without having read the CMC statements, but alleging a party never filed one -- then he finds the statement. He continues the CMC for five more months without any explanation and without a trial date. So unless you want a huge needless delay in getting to trial, do a 170 on this horrible judge. Further, he blatantly advocates for one side -- literally acting as private attorney for defendant in this case -- telling his counsel what to do and when to do it. This judge is ignorant -- had no clue that one motion was filed before another and would render the second one moot -- he advocated for the second motion to be heard first. He also heard a MSC on this case, then refused to recuse himself as trial judge. He has a frightening trigger temper -- one minute fake-smiling and the next blowing up. He lost all courtesy copies -- so don't waste your time or money on that. Shocking that this guy is on any bench. [redacted by Ed.] He disregards the statutes, necessitating multiple additional motions for literally no reason. His staff is horrible as well. An assistant that rarely answers the phone, and then hangs up on you, refusing to let you talk to the clerk, or leave a message, or even know a time to call back. This case now has a Stay from a US Court, yet this judge is just hearing right through the mandatory Stay. Yes, an absolute nightmare to litigate with this [redacted by Ed.] judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA36987
Rating:1.5
Comments:
The most hypocritical buffoon ever to wear the robe, he will walk in two hours late if he shows up at all, and then disregard your pleadings penalize your client because you’re pleadings was one day late if punctuality means anything then it should mean something across-the-board. How can such ridiculous and legally incorrect can his rulings And analysis be? Prepare to be shocked and appalled. We will go through lengthy arguments over several days, the court will take the matter under submission and then issue a final ruling that is totally irrelevant and ignores the argument brought up by both parties as if he wrote it or copied it from the same type of hearing months prior. As far as understanding of the law and the legislative intent, you could forget about it. Sometimes he’s in a good mood and will only mess up your case a little bit or he’ll be in a bad mood and ruin your client and the case Without any sort of regard for anybody. He’s disrespectful to everyone abrasive and simply has no etiquette or manners to speak of. If you have a case in his court I will pick up the phone and call the other side and by mutual stipulations agree to flip a coin. Because no matter what happens we will lose in his court everyone will leave with a sense of disgust And contempt For the failure this man is as a judge. My entire washroom as well as two other firms in my building have a standing policy to automatically 170.6 this nightmare

Other

Comment #: CA36435
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My daughter is transgender and when we appeared before Judge Moreton to get an amended birth certificate for her, he was disrespectful and dismissive. He questioned her repeatedly and insulted her appearance. It was extremely offensive and unacceptable. Judge Moreton clearly displayed his bias against transgender people in a very unprofessional manner.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA35952
Rating:8.4
Comments:
I have tried in excess of 100 cases and therefore am familiar with the bench officers in Los Angeles. I have been before Judge Moreton on two matters. The first involved a motion to enforce a verdict. While he appeared to want to grant the motion he acknowledged a recent appellate decision that precluded him from doing so. Simply put, he did not let his desire get in the way of the law.
The second matter was a three day bench trial, which probably should have been completed in a single day. Despite the laborious presentation that would have caused most Judges to scream, Judge Moreton was an absolute gentleman throughout. He has a great demeanor and appeared to have reviewed the briefs and applicable law before all rulings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA35535
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge abuses his power to the extreme every chance he gets. He should be expelled from the bench and publicly reprimanded. Today he denied a mandatory relief under the law, and gave me no opportunity to argue. That's right. Immediately after I said the first sentence "the court has no discretion to deny relief" he responded "tentative is adopted as final" even though the tentative ruling clearly violated black letter law. He knew it's not economically feasible for my client to writ or appeal such a small ruling. What a terrible person to sit on the bench making important decisions about people's lives!

Other

Comment #: CA34012
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
if too many people complaining why general judge is not firing that old man with nhis illegal decisions probably they have good connection this is a totally unjustice

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA34003
Rating:1.1
Comments:
By far the worst judge I have ever come across in my 24 years of practice in Los Angeles Superior Courts. A true imbecile whose bigotry pours from him no matter how he tries to hide it, an imbecile and a sad man. What a disgrace to the bench, he makes decisions that are based on is pathetic mood instead of the facts, even when the operable facts are staring him right in the face.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA33482
Rating:3.0
Comments:
This judge showed little knowledge in law and an inability to educate himself. He made patently wrong rulings on the law, chose to not avoid addressing strong and/or conclusive legal authorities against his ruling when questioned, and awarded sanctions that are completely unjustifiable. I will not be surprised if his rulings are based on which side he likes, i.e. party or attorney of the "right" race, gender, last names etc.

Prosecutor

Comment #: CA28766
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
0 rating totally negative

Prosecutor

Comment #: CA27819
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
0 rating

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA24419
Rating:6.3
Comments:
One of the better judges. He has a good disposition & treats people ok & seems fair minded. He reads your papers but keep it straight forward and not lengthy or esoteric. He seems like he doesn't change his tentative too much even after taking under submission. Excellent courtroom staff.

Other

Comment #: CA23524
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
totally 0 rating worst judge in la

Other

Comment #: CA23142
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
you destroy too many people by finacialy
every month parking ticket by your stupid fraud decisions just remember when you die god doesnt help you come back to life all i wish you die by torture

Other

Comment #: CA20562
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
extremely rude all immigrant national discriminator taking care of only americans He need a leave he cannot handle this job its time to leave i asked court to return my $25.00 if he doesnt want to listen to our needs why i have to pay $25.00

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA20032
Rating:1.0
Comments:
0 rating

Other

Comment #: CA20031
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
national discriminator judge i live LA 40 years i never see judge like this i want my $25 back court fee worst judge time to go retired i heard alot complain about this judge never help people better leave i hate this judge and his fraud decesions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19587
Rating:7.5
Comments:
I have been in front of Judge Moreton a handful of times. He handles an odd array of matters and seems to know the law in the areas he handles. His disposition is generally quite pleasant although he can be curt and lose patience at times. I don't believe he always get it right (but no judge does). But he will let you make your arguments and listen, which is more than you can say about a lot of judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA18867
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is not fair. He makes up his mind and does not listen. So much for a fair hearing. He does not have the temperament to be a judge. He does not even care if his decision can leave a person unable to pay their bills and homeless, while he sits on his throne, looking down at the people in his court. God bless you if you have to appear in his court.