Hon. Sheila B. Fell See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.7 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 2 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. Sheila B. Fell



Comment #: CA4506
Rating:Not Rated
She is very dependent on her law clerk, and very inconsistent with her rulings. She makes many mistakes.


Comment #: CA4411
After sitting and watching proceedings in Judge Fell's courtroom, I had to ask someone who knows her: "Does she have possible dementia?" Her continued forgetfulness regarding her previous statements and the changing of her minutes from previous court dates was perplexing, to say the least. Then, there is her clerk, Rick. He actually opines and rules with her. This is all very suspect and concerning. Her bias permeated the room: she allows the banks to default over and over again, and continues to rule against the homeowner who brings motions to dismiss on a continual basis, but the banks continue to be given more time. I am seriously not attacking her -- my intent here is to question her health, as when a judge continues to err on the side of the bank, and they clearly are in default of not filing on time and fraud has been noted, it is curious how the case continues? I worry about her health and the safety of homeowners in her courtroom. Especially because of Rick, her clerk, as he is acting as a judge throughout the entire proceeding. When a judge asks her clerk "what did I mean by that statement I made," one has to question if she forgets or whether she even made the statement in her findings? Thank you for the time taken here to comment, as it really is a concern. She is seemingly a very sweet woman, but the way I've seen her react to this plaintiff is remarkably unprofessional in nature. Something is just not right -- her appearance on the bench and her smile just do not match the results, and her appearing to be disoriented with regard to the case is of grave consequence to the truth.


Comment #: CA3275
Very positive experience. Supported settlement, and we did. Has a head and a heart. Good disposition, calm, patient and listens well. Restored my faith in the justice system.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1342
Great civil judge, both in trying to get people to settle--as echoed in another review--and an excellent trial judge who is not afraid to pull the trigger in bench trials. Friendly demeanor, too.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA130
Had trials before her when she sat as a judge in family law and now as a civil judge I have had many more cases before her and I find her very fair - in fact, she forces civil attorneys to be civil to each other, something most civil attorneys can't do. So, yes, she is a very good, fair judge and she wants the cases to settle if they can and will give you the time you need to reach a settlement.