Hon. Steven P. Sanora See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.8 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Steven P. Sanora


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7760
Rating:Not Rated
I have to say this is one of the most thoughtful judges I have been in front of. I did not do a trial, but I had a tough case for a wonderful man, who had twice been caught growing and selling marijuana - in college, then when his kids were about to go to college.
This judge worked with me, roundtabled one of our issues with other judges to try to do something to help my client. I am forever impressed and happy to walk in his courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6978
It is such a pleasure to have a judge whose courtroom is opened at 8:30 AM,who takes the bench without delay... but most impressive to me, is that Judge Sanora actually READS what I file, researches, questions, even lets me know he discussed interesting issues I have raised with other judges. Although this may sound like the norm -- I have learned the sad way, it is NOT. Countless times I appear on a motion to watch a judge read my papers for the first time, while I am standing before him.
I am impressed in everyway an attorney can be impressed with a judicial officer by Judge Sanora. Not just my case, but the cases I have observed in his courtroom. More like this man would be a fine improvement.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5945
Judge Sanora was standing in for the usual Judge in Dept 3. My client had been told if they enrolled in Domestic Violence classes (even though we were just at pre-trial) the Protective Order would be modified (at the victim's request) from a complete stay away to a peaceful conduct only order. Sanora would not even let me state the reasons and would not even let the victim who was in court, address the issue. He just kept repeating "not while the case is pending" even though the law is clear that these orders are to be issued where there is a likelihood of future violence, not because of past incidents.
He totally lacks judicial temperament and i am thankful that he is not the Judge for the remainder of my case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA150
A former (private) defense attorney. Been around a while. Capable of granting a 1538.5 motion - a rarity, these days. Bad on bail. Good on sentencing. Good sense of humor most of the time - sometimes moody. A good judge.