Hon. Richard E. L. Strauss See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.4 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Richard E. L. Strauss


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA26037
Disgusting excuse of a judge .
Retire old man . You’re useless .
You might as well draw a happy face on your pleadings because the lazy idiot doesn’t read anything anyway.
How does such an embarrassment become a judge ?!?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA22617
I don't know what happened to the vast number of negative reviews about Strauss! Does he get them removed??

Strauss is about the worst judge you can imagine. Barely has any brain cells rattling around anymore. He picks a side arbitrarily at the beginning and then just rules that way for the entire time.

Strauss is unable to comprehend basic law anymore (if he ever did) and is LAZY!!! He looks to be in his 90s so I don't know why he's still on the bench.

Paper Strauss immediately! He's an AWFUL AWFUL "judge"!!! With a bad temper!


Comment #: CA17513
We did not receive any papers to go to court missed the day of trial lost over $5,000 on a case. Don't go to this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15309
Judge Strauss handled a trial I was involved in over many months. He was always on time, attentive to the evidence and understood complex legal theory. He was patient with the evidence and did not favor one side or the other. He was an even handed judge. At some times reluctant to rule on summary motions in the end he rules fairly.


Comment #: CA11214
This judge is very prejudicial he will not help anybody would not even bother reading the pleadings.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA10231
Yes, this is an example of someone who is long in the tooth and needs to be set to pasture. Seems like he's daydreaming throughout the process and thinks the rules of evidence don't apply in his courtroom. Let's in everything like its a group therapy session. Shakes his magic eightball and makes the ruling. Doesn't have the mental ability to comprehend complicated issues and analyze.


Comment #: CA9802
This judge was going through reading his computer screen and you could see the reaction to whatever his was reading during the questioning of a witness,

He ignored facts and seemed to have been predisposed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3173
Avoid him. His rulings sometimes make no sense. And if you disagree with him (in order to somehow make a record for the appeal) he gets a bit nasty. He needs to retire.