Hon. Melissa N. Widdifield See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.8 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 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. Melissa N. Widdifield



Comment #: CA13995
The world needs more judges like the honorable Melissa Widdifield, she reviews data and all the facts of a case and is fair to both sides unequivocally. Generally all the other judegs want to hand you death sentences she looks out for your interests whether its rehab, non-jail time, diversion programs.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA11220
One of the worst and most biased judges I have ever had the misfortune to be in front of. She absolutely loves the prosecutor, however (and he's the one who left the the 10 star review, below).

If you are an attorney and you don't use a peremptory on her, you are committing malpractice.


Comment #: CA7982
Well-versed in the law and facts of each case. Friendly and professional, great with both judges and juries.