Hon. Yvette M. Palazuelos See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.6 - 14 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Yvette M. Palazuelos


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Litigant

Comment #: CA6190
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has allowed a pro se litigant AND another Vexatious litigant (who loves playing lawyer, who is not one and obviously one whom has was already sanctioned) to use her courtroom as a kangeroo court to sue anyone these two jerks deem appropriate. The remedy to when a vexatious litigant abuses court personnel and adverse parties is a heavy financial sanction or worse, jail time as previous judges against this litigant has threatened. She let's them fester and bends over backwards for them. So abhorrent - she should be disbarred.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5190
Rating:2.8
Comments:
I felt that she showed favoritism from the beginning to the end. It was like litigating against opposing counsel and the court in tandem. Hearings were like a poker game where she would not show her hand until after the hearing. Little thought or consideration was given to dispositive rulings, and no discussion of case law. She changed the basis of a large sanctions ruling after the hearing when the original rationale was based on incorrect facts in the record. I never got to address the basis for the sanctions because they were inconsistent with the tentative ruling. She made a few disrespectful comments from the bench that made my jaw drop.

She should hear ex parte applications. Other judges have time to do it.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA5100
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Treats court reporters horribly. If you speak up in her courtroom, she'll yell at you that you're not doing your job.
If she was doing her job, court reporters wouldn't have to speak up.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5053
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is aggressively stupid. She reads little, understands little and never changes her mind, no matter how strong the proof. She jumps to conclusions and cannot understand why she is wrong, even when amply demostated, even on the smallest items. She is just way over her head. She is the poster girl for affirmative action.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4789
Rating:1.9
Comments:
She is possibly the dumbest judge that I have ever been before. She has no ability to even grasp issues, let alone provide any analysis of them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4614
Rating:2.4
Comments:
Judge Palazuelos allows her ego to rule the courtroom. She has the disrespectful practice of not hearing oral argument on ex parte matters, and she rules without considering all of the submitted papers.

Other

Comment #: CA4180
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The Jacksons have not been having a fair trial. She is so one-sided and seems to favor the AEG defendants since day one. I am very disappointed with this judge and her unfair treatment of the Jacksons.

Other

Comment #: CA4175
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Palazuelos displays clear and blatant bias in her court. She does not hear any wrong from one side, yet gangs up with that side and finds fault where there is none, then attacks and disrespects the opposing side. A complete contradiction of what an ethical California state judge should be. Disgraceful.

Other

Comment #: CA4173
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Extremely biased, although smart enough to know what's going on. Does not control the courtroom. Does not control witnesses when she likes them. Untrustworthy.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4152
Rating:1.3
Comments:
In my personal opinion, Judge Yvette Palazuelos makes decisions that are very one-sided, biased, unfair, and inequitable. She should always remain fair, impartial, and neutral, but I have never seen this from her. Her actions, I feel, reflect very negatively on her as a judge and on the Superior Court of Los Angeles. She is supposed to represent the people of the state of California in good faith as an elected official. Unfortunately, I have not seen this from her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4145
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Judge Palazuelos is not equitable -- what is forbidden to one part is allowed to the other one. She demonstrates biased behavior.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3975
Rating:2.6
Comments:
She is stubborn and she is not too smart; certainly not as smart as she thinks she is. When you point out instances where she is wrong, she ignores you, instead of trying to make things work. She especially does not understand her powers as a judge. If you get her and care about your case or client, opt out of her courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3949
Rating:9.6
Comments:
I can tell that she's read my papers before making a decision, and that she remembers what took place at the last conferences. A great judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3913
Rating:7.3
Comments:
Judge Palazuelos is smart and patient, so already she's in the top five per cent of L.A. judges. The biggest problem I have with her is scheduling motions. Her obnoxious clerk will only give you a date almost a year out (usually after your trial date) and you'll have to try to move the date ex parte, which is dicey at best. Judge Palazuelos seems to decide ex partes by flipping a coin. I've lost the ones I should have won, and won those I should have lost. Still, when this judge focuses on you and your motion, she's one of the best.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1530
Rating:4.7
Comments:
Although I like appearing before her when I need a continuance, she's constantly late and sometimes looks disheveled, as though she just woke up.

In addition, she's a monster at handing out sanctions.