Hon. Jan A. Pluim See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.1 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 2 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. Jan A. Pluim



Comment #: CA6751
Judge Pluim is ill-tempered, curt and officious. On three different occasions I have seen Judge Pluim make rulings with no basis in law or fact. He is easier dealt with in the afternoons, as he is empurpled upon taking the bench for morning calendar call.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5295
One of the worst judges I've dealt with. Favoritism, prejudice against women, unprofessional behavior, inability to understand complex legal issues and unwillingness to listen to counsel, he is prejudiced against. Agree with the first comment: he likes local firms and really jumps on out-ot-town counsel. Beware!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4021
This judge showed extreme favoritism to a local firm in a civil case, and was very biased in favor of the local firm when instructing the jury, including removal of some language in some instructions while adding language that was not there in others. By far the worst trial judge I have dealt with. Openly hostile towards out-of-town counsel in front of jury. Very rude and demeaning outside the presence of the jury as well, including questioning of counsel about licensing and making comments about counsel's appearance on one occasion.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA3228
Worst temperaments ignors counsel and talks over them, seems to be in another world, and I feel that he is being paid by some insurance Companies to rule in their favor. He ignors motions files which cost counsel a great deal of money, and their clients. He's clerks cover for him and even hold court for him at times. i have watched as Cindy has given legal advice on telephonic hearings. ThePluim refuses to do Telephonic hearings no matter if you are sick or on your death bed. He is a discrase to the word Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3180
One of the worst temperaments I have ever encountered on the bench. He seems annoyed at anything and everything - even those items necessary to the matter pending before him. Utterly inflexible - refused to provide a stipulated Trial continuance when lead counsel had to have an emergency surgery. His clerk, however, is a delight and helps to make up for some of his bad behavior.


Comment #: CA2442
Judge Pluim has a very good strategy and methodology to draw out the facts in a case. He focuses on the items that are key to the merits of the case. Contrary to Comment #: CA19 I believe that Judge Pluim strives to thoroughly understand the facts of a case. While I am not qualified to determine whether or not he is prone to a "misreading" of the case law, I can say that in my case he was very astute and made a proper determination.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19
Seems baffled by anything but the simplest concepts. Although he has detailed tentatives, they are often based on erroneous misunderstandings of the facts and a misreading of the case law. Results almost seem random. Very rigid on calendar scheduling.