Hon. James A. Steele See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.1 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. James A. Steele



Comment #: CA7351
Below average, dishonest. Biased and unfair. He should not be allowed on the bench.


Comment #: CA5386
He seems like a really nice person but in actuality is just another disappointing probate judge: too disinterested to correctly apply the law and too opinionated to admit when he is wrong. A sad reflection of what a judge is supposed to be.

The probate department downtown is a failure - too broken to fix.


Comment #: CA4817
This judge is even-handed, bright, reasonable and efficient.


Comment #: CA4407
He is unethical and a fraud. He does not appear very intelligent. That's probably why he could not succeed in the private sector.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3597
This judge has the unfortunate combination of arrogance and stupidity. He does not understand or apply the law properly. He brings his own personal bias to the case and disregards experts that he himself appointed. He does not know how to manage his calendar. When he is not sure what to do, he simply continues a matter. He flip-flops on his position on issues from hearing to hearing. Based on the books he leaves on the table in his chambers, it appears he idolizes Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia. File a 170.6 as soon as your case is assigned to Steele.


Comment #: CA1547
Rating:Not Rated
Biased. Pro business. Anti-consumer.