Hon. Lisa Schall See Rating Details
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Superior Court
San Diego County
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* 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)
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* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


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* 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)


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* 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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Litigant

Comment #: CA5412
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Mar of Mullins D523959/DS33307
Judge Schall appeared to be having emotional issues during short period she was assigned to my case. The Supervising Judge reassigned her from the case, but Judge Schall crossed out the Judge's decision and remained on the case. She appointed a special, but never extended his authority to investigate the legality and need for spousal support. As she is a three striker, we the people missed an opportunity to begin the cleansing process of Family Court in San Diego by returning her to the bench.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5360
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Mar of Mullins D523959/DS33307
Judge Schall reassigned herself to case after Supervising Judge Alksne removed her. She appointed a special master to investigate current spousal support for separated wife, but would not expand to whether she was ever entitled to spousal support. Special master never interviewed the two of us together and never testified in open court. Hon. Schall accepted the report as written. There is still $200 per month being garnished from my US Navy retirement with an "indefinite" stop date.

Other

Comment #: CA5272
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Comment CA5264, you are guilty of electioneering, yourself. In fact, are you the NOT honorable Lisa Schall,?

What is wrong with Lisa Schall is that she is not even-handed, even-tempered or fair. No judge in California has received more admonishments by the Council on Judicial Performance. She is not, in fact, well qualified, and her "people" have solicited campaign contributions from the very people, attorneys, that have had or could have cases before her.

We sincerely hope that people will vote her out of office by voting for Carla Keehn, who is truly qualified, and has never been arrested for drunk driving, after going the wrong way down a one-way street in Escondido, endangering lives, as the Dishonorable Judge Lisa Schall was. She should have been removed from office by the CJP and disciplined, as an attorney, by the California Bar.

Other

Comment #: CA5264
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have known the Honorable Judge Schall since she did the trial of the 16 year old who brutally murdered my husband in 1993. There is not a thing wrong with Judge Schall...No one can hold a candle to her. I hate the mud sling that goes on when election time rolls around. I am sure we have all made mistakes at one time or another. Her mistakes are not enough to remove her from her office. Just because someone else wants to becomes a judge when there are no seats open. I do not vote for those who sling mud at a candidate. I can bet my remarks will not be mentioned. She is a fair judge, I have never heard of any bad comments or remarks she has ever made, she is a down to earth person, who loves her family and lives a very loving, truthful, Christian life.

Other

Comment #: CA5243
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She abuses power, lies in the courtroom, berates people without cause, and is a terrible role model for our children. She treats people accused of reckless, drunk driving abominably while she, herself, drives drunk.

Other

Comment #: CA5197
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Thanks for sharing all the reversals, and Judge Schall's abuses of discretion, errors and misunderstandings and misapplications of the law.

We cannot understand why she was not removed from the bench by the California Council on Judicial Performance who gave her three admonishments, and received many more complaints against Judge Schall. We strongly feel she should have been disciplined and sanctioned by the California Bar, as well.

I will be voting for Carla Keehn to replace Judge Schall. How can CalBar rate her as well qualified when no other judge in California has more admonishments, and only one, in the Superior Court of Contra Costa County, has as many? Why did Clear Channel approve Carla Keehn's three billboards in San Diego, and then suddenly, remove her political ads? City Beat recommended voting against both Judge Lisa Schall and Judge Jacqueline Stern. San Diego UT Watchdog also reported about the billboards being removed and Judge Schall's three admonishments.

Please, let's vote both these terrible judges out of office. There were many earlier bad reviews of Judge Lisa Schall, when she formerly went by the name of Lisa Guy-Schall, which bad ratings were found under "G" instead of "S." Those should have transferred over. I'm grateful we get a choice this time, that someone has the courage and wisdom to oppose this woman who lacks decorum, even-handedness, calm temperament, and the ability to follow the law, herself. She should have been convicted of drunk driving, because she was over the limit, and driving the wrong way on a one way street, in Escondido. But her influence enabled her to cop a plea for wet reckless. That was one of her published admonishments, so it's a matter of public record.

Other

Comment #: CA5173
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
hi guys, in case you have this judge, or are considering whether to vote her out of office in june, take a look at this great body of jurisprudence judge schall has left our county:

Marriage of Freitas 12/3/12 209 Cal.App.4th 1059 reversed error
Mark T. v. Jamie Z. 4/28/11 194 Cal.App.4th 1115 reversed and remanded. schall misunderstood the pertinent law, abused her discretion by failing to apply the proper legal standard, and her order was based on the application of improper criteria or incorrect legal assumptions.
F.T. v. L.J. (3/8/11) 194 Cal.App.4th 1 reversed and remanded with directions. schall "apparently misunderstood the proper legal standards to apply" in determining child move away, abused her discretion, was "influenced by an erroneous understanding of the applicable law or reflects an unawareness of the full scope of [her] discretion"
Marriage of Fernandez-Abin and Sanchez (1/11/11) order reversed with instructions. schall did not base her decision on the appropriate statute, did not follow the requirements of the statute, and disregarded the exclusive continuing jurisdiction of a foreign court over the child custody matter she proceeded to adjudicate.
Jet Source Charter, Inc. v. Doherty 1/30/07 148 Cal.App.4th 1 error jury instruction reversed punitives so large violated due process
Red Mountain, LLC v. Fallbrook Public Utility Dist. 9/25/06 143 Cal.App.4th 333 multiple reversible errors remanded for retrial
Jeld-Wen, Inc. v. Superior Court 2005 131 Cal.App.4th 853 3/21/05 writ issued errors of law
H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation v. City of Escondido 1/26/05 127 Cal.App.4th 1 reversed
Anthony v. Snyder 3/23/04 116 Cal.App.4th 643 reversed, shall entered judgment for the wrong parties
Virtualmagic Asia, Inc. v. Fil-Cartoons, Inc. 5/13/02 99 Cal.App.4th 228 reversed with directions to deny quash motion instead of grant
Bame v. City of Del Mar 2/8/01 86 Cal.App.4th 1346 reversed, erroneous ruling
Hunt v. Superior Court 5/31/00 81 Cal.App.4th 901 writ granted, quash motion
People v. Stewart (1/19/00) 77 Cal.App.4th 785 schall reversed child murder case
Breneric Associates v. City of Del Mar 12/15/98 69 Cal.App.4th 166 reversed order to deny writ
Reyes v. Kosha (7/7/98) 65 Cal.App.4th 451 reversed in part
Taggares v. Superior Court 3/13/98 62 Cal.App.4th 94 judge schall violated statute, writ issued
Monreal v. Tobin 3/5/98 61 Cal.App.4th 1337 judge schall reversed with instructions
Pala Band of Mission Indians v. Board of Supervisors 4/23/97 54 Cal.App.4th 565 reversed in part
City of Vista v. Sutro & Co. 1/10/97 52 Cal.App.4th 401 reversed
Adoption of Michael H. 7/31/95 10 Cal.4th 1043 reversed
Stabio v. Superior Court 1/19/94 21 Cal.App.4th 1448 writ issued to overturn judge schall

Other

Comment #: CA5136
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Pro plaintiff if plaintiff is government agency. I hope people will know to VOTE HER OUT OF OFFICE. Please write letters to the editor to your local papers. It's so hard to get a corrupt judge out of office, even when her power has totally corrupted her. Lisa Schall likes to play God, and is NOT honorable.

She is one of the most offensive and unjust individuals I have ever had the displeasure to come in contact with in the so-called justice system. She gives all judges in San Diego County a bad name.

Her name used to be Lisa Guy-Schall, and she had MANY more bad reviews under "G." Apparently, those were wiped out after her divorce.

All the smart lawyers immediately ask for another judge. She is KNOWN to be a truly terrible judge, and should have been removed from the bench by the Council on Judicial Performance, which has officially condemned her performance as a Jurist three times.

Many more complaints were received against her, before the Judicial Council finally took action. She should have received a misdemeanor for drunk driving on a one way road. Because of her "pull" she only got a "wet reckless," and another sanction by the Judicial Council.

Please, please, voter her out of office!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5128
Rating:1.0
Comments:
VOTE HER OUT SHE IS A DISGRACEE TO THE BENCH . SHOW THE JUDGES OF SDSC THAT IF THEY ACT LIKE SHE DOES THEY WILL BE REMOVED. SHE IS A DRUNK AND an idiot also.
she was disciplined three times by the counsel of judicial performance and if they had any balls they would have disciplined her permanently but you can do that . get rid of corruption. start with schall and go forward

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5127
Rating:1.3
Comments:
PLEASE VOTE HER OUT OF OFFICE. SHE HAS THREE JUDICIAL REPRIMANDS AND DESERVES ALOT MORE BUT THEY ARE INEPT ALSO. SHE IS MEAN SPITEFUL UNDERHANDED AND VINDICTIVE AND HAD A DRINKING PROBLEM IN WHICH SHE RECIEVED SPECIAL TREATMENT FOR HER DUI. HAVE THE ETHICS TO VOTE HER OUT . SHE NEVER DESERVED THE HONOR OF THIS POSITION IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5114
Rating:8.8
Comments:
I had a civil trial that lasted over three weeks in Judge Schall's department. Extensive motion in limine work required many rulings. She was always informed and on top of the issues. In trial, Judge Schall was attentive and precise in her rulings. Judge Schall is a great asset to the SD Superior Court.

Other

Comment #: CA5023
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Schall is one of the worst judges ever to sit in Southern California... *THE* WORST! Nobody has mentioned here how many times she has been reversed. I think she was reversed recently some three times in just a few months.

And totally echo what somebody said upthread about Schall lying in her orders. She will do or say anything to look as smug and haughty as is possible. Lisa C. Schall, thy name is Peremptory Challenge. If you try to do a 170.3, she can and often will make a factual finding in her order that you never served her and strike your statement of disqualification, so make sure you bounce her good and quick.

And, please oh please, may she lose this election in June so that so many wrongs might be righted. This woman should not be left in power to ruin the lives of any more people or children.

Love,
Anonymous

Other

Comment #: CA4998
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Yes, I hope that we can vote her out. To me, it's unfortunate that so many judges come to the bench with a prosecutor's bias. But anyone would be better than Judge Lisa Schall, formerly Lisa Guy-Schall.

(There were many more negative comments about her, but apparently, after her divorce, she went back to using Lisa Schall, instead of Lisa Guy-Schall?)

Thanks for your comments! I hope to write a letter to the editor of our local weekly, as well, next month. In my opinion, Judge Lisa Schall should be kicked out of office, and yes, she has many more complaints to the Judicial Council than the three admonishments that they have published, including one moving violation. (She was driving the wrong way on a one way street in Escondido!)

Judge Lisa Schall is pro-plaintiff when the plaintiff is part of any governmental hierarchy/public agency. She is terribly prejudiced against in pro per (pro se) defendants. If you are assigned to her, ask for a different judge at your very first opportunity.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4943
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This is a problem judge -- one of several that I've appeared before. Not the worst judge, but very near to it. Three admonishments, dozens of complaints unpublished, and still intemperate. Every judge has good days and bad days, friends and enemies, but Judge Schall has earned far, far more than her share of disdain.

There's a chance to vote her out of office that many are taking note of -- on June 13, 2014, the primary elections are the main event for judges. Judge Schall has earned a challenger -- Carla Keehn from the U.S. Attorney's Office. She is a prosecutor, and seems very, very smart. This should be an easy choice, but getting an incumbent out of office is tough. Please, San Diego, vote on June 13 and send Judge Schall, and many other irresponsible judges on the bench, a message: that we care about the fairness and proper functioning of our courts. Vote Judge Schall out!

Other

Comment #: CA4920
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is one of the worst judges in San Diego County.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4302
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is not honorable in our opinion. She is one of the worst judges on the bench. She should have been removed after three well-deserved admonishments. She is no longer in the North County Division of the San Diego Superior Court, thankfully. Many more people have submitted complaints about Judge Lisa Schall. Her order of recusal in our case prejudiced the next judge against us, Judge Jacqueline Stern, who is also dreadful. Judge Schall made false statements in her order. We never got a trial or a fair hearing on our case, or the unilateral statements made in Judge Schall's order of recusal. Judge Schall came to my deposition and was yelling at me in an intimidating manner. I was not notified that she would be present. She refused to allow my husband to be in the room with me when I was deposed, even through I was a party in the case. When I took a single flash photo of her sitting immediately next to where I was to sit, at the conference table, at Encinitas City Hall, Judge Schall had deputy Sheriff Ken Jones place me in a choke hold, taking my camera. When my husband arrived, and was "behind the glass wall" in the adjoining Carnation Room, Judge Schall suddenly ordered him to leave, screaming "You get out." He had said nothing, merely had stood up and shook his head. I didn't know he had come back. He was trying to alert local papers that the judge on our case was to be present for my deposition at City Hall. The City Attorney's partner, Randall Morrison, who was conducting the deposition, stated after the deposition started that any press would be disallowed. Judge Lisa Schall was friends with Christy Guerin, our Encinitas Mayor at the time. She never disclosed that to us, and was terrible at all ex parte hearings, not allowing us to present our evidence.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4236
Rating:9.9
Comments:
This is an excellent trial judge who likes her job and has a terrific staff. She presided over a civil bench trial which we had recently. She took a full day to study the pleadings files and come up to speed on the case. During trial she listened acutely (better than the attorneys sometimes), showed a solid working knowledge of the Evidence Code (better than the attorneys sometimes), and demonstrated fairness at all times. We had a statement of decision the day after the trial ended. I cannot account for some of the negative things said about this judge in the past. We would try a case with her again anytime. She expects strict compliance with courtroom protocol and is sometimes impatient, but these things are far outweighed by the quality of her work and her fairness and intelligence. We need more judges like her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3926
Rating:1.5
Comments:
One of the all-time worst judges on the bench. She takes out her anger on litigants and lawyers. She is unpleasant and punitive in her approach and demeanor, a petty tyrant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1142
Rating:3.6
Comments:
Judge Schall is a horrendously incompetent judge. I've litigated and seen many other matters litigated before her. She is very vindictive, heavy-handed, and pro-Petitioner (she's a divorce court judge in which most Petitioners are women). She's been the subject of three CJP public admonishments, several public controversies, and does not belong on the bench. Bounce her.