Hon. Michael L. Stern See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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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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Comment #: CA5760
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Subtracting completely the ex election fraud presdient of 2000 2004 USA from Judge Michael Stern in department 62 Los Angeles, Ca. closing.doc by 88 Ronald L. Vaught, Superior court September 2014.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5518
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Substantial comments are consistent in revealing that this judge "Fails to Follow" the "Courtroom Rules." Such "Consistent Statements" being made significantly raise a question to the violation of "Due Process" from the other side i.e., "Plaintiff." This judge "Fails to Consider the Evidence; Abuses His Power and Authority" and should be "Removed From the Bench." "He is a Defense Lawyer" and rules based on his own personal "Biases and Opinions" rather than the law. His actions are re portable to the State Bar of California.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5517
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Substantial comments are consistent in revealing that this judge "Fails to Follow" the "Courtroom Rules." Such "Consistent Statements" being made significantly raise a question to the violation of "Due Process" from the other side i.e., "Plaintiff." This judge "Fails to Consider the Evidence; Abuses His Power and Authority" and should be "Removed From the Bench." "He is a Defense Lawyer" and rules based on his own personal "Biases and Opinions" rather than the law. His actions are re portable to the State Bar of California.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5514
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Substantial comments are consistent in revealing that this judge "Fails to Follow" the "Courtroom Rules." Such "Consistent Statements" being made significantly raise a question to the violation of "Due Process" from the other side i.e., "Plaintiff." This judge "Fails to Consider the Evidence; Abuses His Power and Authority" and should be "Removed From the Bench." "He is a Defense Lawyer" and rules based on his own personal "Biases and Opinions" rather than the law. His actions are re portable to the State Bar of California.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA5512
Rating:1.0
Comments:
"Extremely easy to falsify evidence and fabricate statements" while the plaintiffs may present extraordinary evidence. The commissioner will NOT consider the evidence, let alone glance at it, while the respondents will have "No Evidence" whatsoever to present. He does NOT know or consider the law and simply should be "Disbarred."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4847
Rating:9.9
Comments:
He is an excellent judge. In all his years on the bench, he has been known as the judge who never enforces the rules if he likes you. Judge Stern is the best -- all bark, and a toothless bite!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3691
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Stern has a great sense of humor, but requires counsel to follow the rules.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3271
Rating:4.7
Comments:
Really one of the rudest judgest I've come across. Loves talking down to attorney's.

I tried a civil case in his courtroom and he loves making attorneys feel stupid, which to his credit he does evenly to both parties. but i got the vibe that he more defense oriented.

More importantly, he is ALWAYS right. even when hes wrong hes right! And dont bother challenging him or he will flip out. the only thing to do is go with it...which can be a hard pill to swallow.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2999
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Can't stand judges like this. Pompous and won't admit to being wrong. I was working on a case that was removed to federal court from Judge Stern's docket, and he set an OSC re sanctions for failure to show up to a "post removal status hearing," whatever that is. When the case is removed, you lose jurisdiction. It's not that hard to understand.

What bothered me most about the whole situation was not that he set the OSC, but that he failed to set an OSC for all the other parties that failed to not only show up at his "post removal status hearing," (again, whatever that is), but also failed to show up to the OSC itself. We had to get lectured about our failure to show up to a hearing he didn't have the authority/jurisdiction to schedule, and Judge Stern failed to even acknowledge that the other parties didn't even bother to show up to the OSC.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2873
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Judge Stern is the worst. I tried a bench case to him. Plaintiff attorney didn't answer discovery, he refused to award sanctions, saying it was a cost of doing business. Plaintiff attorney missed the FSC, he continued the trial. Once trial happened, he issued an award that had nothing to do with what we discussed. He made huge legal errors and did not even bother to read the evidence he received or the case law he cited for his insane decision. He tried to exclude evidence that the parties had stipulated to admit. He was rude and condescending. never again.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2440
Rating:3.2
Comments:
Avoid this judge at all costs, if you represent the defense. He provides very vague and ambiguous basis for his rulings. Even if you point out the opposition has NO EVIDENCE to support a proposition, he refuses to change his ruling. RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN FROM THIS "Judge."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2342
Rating:2.0
Comments:
While he is a smart judge he is pedantic to the point that he is totally infelixable. He will not rule on motions in limine if the declaration does not comply in every respect with the rule. He is unfriendly, terse, and unapproachable. If he likes your case he will give you the edge on close calls, and leans towards the plaintiff. However, he ruined my evenings with a daily complaint about the contents of the verdict form, yet used the very first one with the jury. He's hard to figure.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2299
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Absolutely awful; rude; dismissive; erroneous rulings; misses the point; started to think he was being paid off by the other side.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2182
Rating:4.5
Comments:
I tried a civil personal injury case before Judge Stern. He is difficult, at best. He is a smart guy but made an obviously wrong ruling in my favor which I advised him was wrong. He said that the plaintiff could appeal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1652
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I had a suit against the city. I don't know what happened, but Stern did not want to touch this case. My thoughts are that politics were more important to him than the actual law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1055
Rating:4.1
Comments:
I tried a bench trial before this judge. He sat expressionless throughout the trial, stared blankly into space, and did not take a single note. Then, when the decided the case, it was like he was deciding a different case than was tried before him. His decision was without comment on the claims and defenses, just a result.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1050
Rating:9.8
Comments:
One of the best, if not the best, trial judges I have been in front of. While many Judges like to pretend they know the rules of evidence and your case then you do, Judge Stern actually does. In my experience, he is not biased and is quite respectful to all sides.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA449
Rating:8.5
Comments:
He tried many cases as a lawyer and conducts a lot of trials in his department too. He's fair and knows the law better than most judges and attorneys out there. He's not afraid to let you know it too.