Hon. Steve Malone See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Bernardino County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.7 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Steve Malone



Comment #: CA9795
We first appeared on 4/27/2016 in front of Judge Malone and found him not only fair, but honest. However someone deep in his staff is NOT so honest and changed the words in the courtroom transcript. His words were deleted from the transcripts 7/29/2016. We asked why he put a search warrant out on 4/28/2016 and the judge stated "He did not sign that warrant on 4/28/2016, the sheriffs must of done that." Looking at clerk to confirm his signature on said warrant. Clerk confirmed his name, and again he stated "I did not sign that warrant" All of this is missing from the courtroom transcript from 7/29/2016. Not sure if the judge is even aware of this.
Bailiff Nancy Rios and three other individuals were witness to the proceedings.


Comment #: CA8158
He deserves his title.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7758
I conducted a serious trial before Judge Malone over the course of a month. I cannot dispute any ruling he made. I found him to be patient and thoughtful to a degree I am not sure I could have reached myself in his position. He is NOT a pushover, he is strong and works at being fair and following procedure. Not all rulings were in my favor, but even the ones that were not were well reasoned before they were made. I cannot ask for more than that as a defense attorney.
Judge Malone is not a time-Nazi, such that the attorneys ever feel pressured, and he not only asks for attorney input -- he listens to what that input is -- he will then consider changes based on the input of counsel. I have been doing trials for more than 15 years and I am very impressed. (Stellar courtroom staff as well).
I read the negative comments below and I have to believe these must be attorneys with their own problems. I recall Judge Malone as a prosecutor and have never seen a biased, or unfair man, not even in opposing him in litigation. Appallingly pro-prosecution just is not accurate, and never has been. If you want to know who in that building IS... you can find them, they are there.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4488
This is an appallingly pro-prosecution judge who cares not a bit about defendants, their anxieties, or their liberties. I saw him scold an incarcerated defendant who had been scheduled for heart surgery in the jail for taking up bed space that others could use, and noting that his medical matter could be taken care of in prison! He was nasty to a defense attorney who was upset that the prosecution withdrew a promised misdemeanor complaint filing, the promise about which was the only reason that the matter had been taken off of the prelim calendar. The judge then forced an illegal continuance, unconcerned about that prosecutorial flimflammery. He does not belong on the bench -- he belongs in a police department!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2169
I am from another county and appeared on an uncontested motion for change of venue before this judge. The other side, who was known to the judge, was allowed to argue and "testify" by providing evidence for the court to consider even though he had not submitted any papers. Ultimately, the judge denied the uncontested motion without any basis other than the other attorney wanted it to stay there because it was more convenient for his client. The facts and the law were otherwise, but that didn't stop the judge from making his ruling.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA278
This Judge sat down at the defense table
after a simple infraction plea was entered and my client was totally impressed. A real human being.