Hon. Mary Lou Villar de Longoria See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.1 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Mary Lou Villar de Longoria


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA14831
America is blemished by having Judge Villar on the bench. She is the worst judge that I have ever appeared in front of. Comments from others regarding her inability to be impartial, and her mean-spirited personality are right on. This is probably why she is forever in prelims and never seems to move up into a trial court position. If she was in a trial court everyone would 170 her. Over the years she does not appear to have grown or developed professionally. It reflects poorly on Judge Gordon as well when a judge is so far off the rails, but at least he keeps her in prelims instead of trials.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA14748
I have no idea how she is still on the bench. She is not only pro prosecution, but she is rude, belittling, arrogant and possesses the worst temperament I have ever seen in a judge. If you have complex legal issues to litigate in the Prelim., I beg of you to paper her. Yes - I wish Scott Gordon would spend at least 1 hour in her courtroom and observe her. He would be disgusted by her. She is an embarrassment to the system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA13711
100% Biased On The Prosecutor's side from the very start. Do not let your case be heard in this Highly Biased Judges Courtroom. She should not be allowed to remain on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12126
Rating:Not Rated
RUN - RUN - RUN from this insane woman.
I should have filed a 170 on her but it was only a Preliminary Hearing I thought, how bad could she be? YES she was THAT BAD. She has has to be mentally unstable and yet there she is, on the bench ruining lives just for the thrill of it all.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12035
In my 35 years of criminal defense it was my WORST courtroom experience. No need to know the law in her court - she will give the prosecution whatever they want no matter how outlandish and contrary to the law. Totally unqualified to sit as a judge at a county fair baking contest let alone on the bench.


Comment #: CA8375
It was very devastating experience to see my family members lose all hope in our judicial system. She has a blatant anti-defendant bias. This judge is not here to protect and hear the people, she is there to defend and agree with the D.A. that appears before her. Where is the fair trial that everyone deserves?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4552
It was a very tragic experience to see my family members lose all hope in our judicial system, based on the blatant anti-defendant bias that this judge demonstrated in her courtroom. This judge has made a mockery of our justice system in her efforts to tip the scales in favor of the prosecution.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4547
I have appeared before this judge, and after twenty years of practice, I was extremely unimpressed. She is condescending, closes the courtroom so that the public does not see what she is doing, and threatens witnesses. She does not seem to have a grasp of criminal legal proceedings, and her temperament is geared towards protecting the D.A. that appears before her. I would never go back to appear before her. I was disgusted by her lack of knowledge of the law and her refusal to adhere to fairness, as well as her unwillingness to learn these principles.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1176
Terrible judge. In the pocket of the prosecution. She either doesn't know the law or is openly flouting it. Shameful.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA568
Judge Villar is so awful, you feel you must apologize to your client for being randomly assigned to her courtroom. And, that's arraignment court! Should there be an occassion we have a pre-trial matter before her -- its a pre-emptory challenge.