Hon. Melinda J. Lasater See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.7 - 3 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. Melinda J. Lasater


Court Staff

Comment #: CA27880
Simply put:

This judge assumes your guilty first and does everything to throw the book at you.

She always assumes very one is attempting to manipulate her and it causes her to become extremely vicious in her rulings.

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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA27759
seem nice

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA26933
Rating:Not Rated
this is a judge? Shrieks to high heaven. if she knows the law she intentionally does not follow the law.If you subjected to her by some judge ie Smyth challenge for cause . so not waste your ccp170.1 , you have to save it for the surprise.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8868
This judge does her best to appear the objective jurist she is supposed to be but she WILL allow her personal opinion to take precedence over the law. If she doesn't like your client, she will screw him to the point of illegality and justifiable appeal. For example, my client was obviously not a big fan of women in general. You could tell by the foul language he used when addressing his former girlfriend. When he was found guilty, Lasater denied him bail on a misdemeanor first offense and ordered he spend a YEAR in AlAnon meetings even though the case had nothing to do with drugs or alcohol and my client had no drug or alcohol record. Lasater knows the law VERY well...she knows it well enough to come just up to the maximum limit on screwing your client without screwing herself in the process.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6507
Simply awful. Do yourself a favor, if there is any way to avoid this woman pre-trying your matter, grab that opportunity. Have an aunt die, crash your car on the way downtown, develop a deathly rash, anything to avoid the hearing. She is also generally about as unpleasant a human being as you will encounter in either your personal or professional life. It is hard to imagine what childhood trauma served to cast the die for such a personality, but surely there must have been one.