Hon. John S. Meyer See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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* 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. John S. Meyer


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA28771
Short-tempered, doesn't listen, and rude. Doesn't know the law and his courtroom attorney will intervene mid-hearings when he is about to do something particularly egregious. Sexist and belittling. Violated civil rights and engaged in discrimination to the point where I had to make a judicial council complaint and seek outside remedies.


Comment #: CA28614
All over the map
Uses own rule of law to lead into bias ruling
Terrible excuse for a judicial officer of the court system
Grade F

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA25079
Congruent with other comments on this page, Meyer is sexist, disrespectful and unfairly prejudicial to younger, female attorneys. In trial, he consistently addressed one attorney (an older male) as Mr. Doe, but never addressed the opposing attorneys (two younger females) by their names. He also made an inappropriate comment about the female attorneys' age. Although he caught himself and apologized for the comment, it was disappointing to see such misogyny alive and well and San Diego.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA19913
Judge Meyer can be belittling at times, however, if you have thick skin and can tolerate an occasional insult, he is fair and will take the time to review all papers.
Tried a complex case brought by a government entity before him in 2017. While I was an out of town attorney, I never felt as if my adversaries, who were well known local attorneys, had an advantage. He stayed out of our way and allowed us to to try our respective cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15206
Worst judge I have had in 30 years worse than the other two bad judges that are on the floor: pollock and trapp who look so dumb and incompetent in comparison w good judges like timothy taylor and rel struass

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14273
I witnessed this judge angrily tell two young female attorneys in the middle of oral argument on a serious pretrial issue, "you're difficult aren't you? She's no peach [gesturing to opposing counsel], but you're a real piece of work, aren't you?"
In the next matter, two male attorneys argued and yelled over the podium at each other while he laughed about it.

The two women later told me they considering making a bar complaint, but didn't want to risk damage to their own reputations.

It's disgusting that someone with such explicit bias against and open disdain for women (or maybe just younger attorneys?) is able to speak to professionals in that manner in open court. I was embarrassed for those attorneys and the bench in general.

Stay away if you're younger attorney, a woman, or have the novel belief that those factors don't justify being treated with disrespect.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13631
My worst experience in 40 years of practicing law was trying a Lemon Law case in front of him. He didn't understand the case and consistently, and incorrectly, ruled in favor of the manufacturer. He was rude, angry and short-tempered the entire 7 day trial. You should definitely paper him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11835
Totally unfamiliar with the facts of the case. Rude, arrogant, narcissistic. I would advise EVERY party unlucky enough to be assigned the star chamber he calls his department to challenge this little Hitler immediately. Grotesque


Comment #: CA11581
He is a nightmare for people who seeks justice and fairness.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10897
I agree with the other posters. He is one-sided, biased, intemperate and a bully. He is a misogynist. Best challenge him if you are so unfortunate to draw him. He reminds me a bit of a judge who had to leave the bench some years back because he got his third DUI. We finally knew why he was so mean all the time - he was an alcoholic. Meyer reminds me of that. He comes right into the court with a chip on his shoulder.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10673
The descriptions of Judge Meyer are spot on. He can be a real bully and unreasonably opinionated but fortunately I haven't been the subject of his wrath. He seems to favor general liability defense. I have been on both plaintiff and defense with him and if you have a serious injury case on the plaintiff side you may want to weigh whether it is wise to keep him. He seemingly disfavors punitive damages. But if you preempt him you might get Judge Trapp which can be a disaster for any litigant.


Comment #: CA10423
Rating:Not Rated

It was exactly as the others commenting mentioned.
In my case, the police requested on my behalf as a Credible Threat, an Emergency Protective Order, after a former Deputy DA arrived at my house with a fully loaded Glock (He wanted to "talk" to me about taking down a post I referenced about his naked sexting from the office).

The police confiscated his Concealed Carry Permit, and a total of eight weapons - seven from his parent's home, one that he brought with him to my home.

The police suggested I ask for a Permanent Restraining order. After researching his family court case, I made copies of his Declaration stating he felt he didn't need to take the three mood stabilizers he'd been prescribed.

Just Meyer denied my request. Judge Meyer said "I don't want to ruin his career." Judge Meyer is the best casual example of Everyday Misogyny San Diego has to offer.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7150
Judge Meyer often speaks too much from the hip and doesn't focus on the details or the letter of the law. If he hates your case from the beginning, it is difficult to flip him. At times, he can be disrespectful.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6720
Judge Meyer picks his winning horse at the outset and sticks with him. He is intolerant, impatient and unwilling to take the time necessary to deal with discovery disputes or other matters that come up during trial. A common refrain is "come on!" which simply means he doesn't want to deal with it. He makes arbitrary rulings and does not take the time to try and understand the law. He needs to retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4727
Judge Meyer makes up his mind in the first few minutes of a case. To his credit, he still has somewhat of an open mind, but the burden is on you to show that he was wrong -- even if the law puts the burden on the other side. He is always concerned about time, and cuts off witnesses and evidence that he doesn't care about, or that don't support his decision.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1188
I have have mixed experiences. One good, one awful. Once he gets an opinion, he pretty much sticks with it and then crafts the facts to fit it. Seems like he tries to make the right call, even if its wrong. Generally made good evidentiary calls at trial. Lacked decisiveness on pretrial matters. Overall, I probably would not want to appear before him again.