Hon. Margaret L. Oldendorf See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.4 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   - 0 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. Margaret L. Oldendorf


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4689
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is a miserable person in general. She knew that I had been cheated by the other side, but insisted that I take a big loss money-wise. She thought that I should get something, but not much. Not only was I ripped off by the other side, but my attorney was ripping me off as well. She thought that I should see the light and be big about it. I firmly opposed her viewpoint, and she then told me to get out of the courtroom -- just like that. She treated me as though I were an infant. She is definitely not a people person, and is ridiculous as a judge. The worst judges are within the L.A. Superior Court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2667
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
After sitting in on several matters put in front of Judge Oldendorf, I now know first handedly what it feels like to witness a Nazi slaughter. I witnessed a young man put in handcuffs for merely attempting to disqualify her for her blatantly obvious prejudice towards him.
She lied in open court numerous times and has an incredible desire to dominate and control. I found her comments to be rude and unnecessary. She advocates for the forced signing of Faretta waivers and believes this is voluntary. This woman ought to be removed from office for the safety of the community. If you doubt any of these words, I challenge you to sit in on her department for a day. She violates judicial canons and has no regard for protecting the individual's rights.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1407
Rating:3.9
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Rating:8.0
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This judge has no knowledge of real estate litigation and relied on a treatise instead of a California Supreme Court decision,

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1157
Rating:8.0
Comments:
While this judge gets an A+ on demeanor and preparation for hearing, she gets a D- on GUTS. Where the statute of limitations defense was stated explicitly in Plaintiff's special interrogatory responses, without qualification, condition, or objection, she still refused to grant summary judgment because she just didn't "feel good about it."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA49
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Excellent judge. Read the papers closely and was very well prepared. Had the courage to ask hard questions and seemed to have good intuition about what was really happening in the case. Courteous to all, but not moved by flattery or BS.