Hon. Amy M. Pellman See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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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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Litigant

Comment #: CA32864
Rating:1.0
Comments:
After reading some of the comments by other posters here, I must concur. I was treated in a similar fashion. This judge had decided who I was and what she would rule before hearing anything I had to say. It appeared she hadn't even bothered to read my written responses. She verbally attacked me and my character for no reason at all, before I even spoke really. She went on to dismiss missed support payments to me during a period when I was sick as if they didn't matter, but forced me to pay more support on a rental property I always lose money on.

She had not been the judge that heard the initial pleadings and was clueless about the course of events that lead up to that court date. She was rude, abrasive and dismissive once I did attempt to defend my position. From the moment I spoke she interrupted and chastised me. I felt like she entered biased and nothing could dissuade her. Men don't stand a chance before this judge.

Other

Comment #: CA32746
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The judge was bias and would not review documents that were evidence to oppose the false claims from the opposing counsel. Would not allow me to speak and she formed an opnion and told me that is how it was and repeatedly denied me the ability to submit evidence to contrary. Her demeanor was forceful and she words hostile and unkind. It was a very bizarre court hearing. I have never been in front of a judge that had formed an opinion and assertted it without any willingness to review the evidence or case and was bias before the case began. What type of judge does not allow you to submit evidence that proved your case. I am not a lawyer but that has to be in violation of a person's rights.

Litigant

Comment #: CA32506
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is a joke. She is sexist and won’t listen too you if you are a man. She is conceded and should be removed from the bench. She refused to let me testify and frequently insulted me without even letting me speak or knowing me. She is a joke to the judicial system.

Litigant

Comment #: CA32148
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Absolutely the worst! Would not let me testify, would not enforce subpoenas, would not enforce the law, she just talks over me and got the facts and law completely wrong. Would not let me clarify. She favors women and let's them get away with murder. Completely enjoy destroying men to favor women regardless of the facts.

Litigant

Comment #: CA31946
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Words cannot express the amount of difficulty dealing with Pellman. I've had many family law judges in the past and she is by far the worst judge that I have ever had. I considered papering her at the beginning. I didn't and I deeply regret it. She is exactly what everyone has expressed negatively. She is biased against men. As a male, she denied my child support request erroneously, insulting me by tauntingly asking why I"m out of work and why I can't find work and the fact that I should easily be able to find work while she sits at her cushy chair out of touch with the working people, complaining about her workload as a overpaid public servant during Covid-19. I was informed by multiple attorneys that she has a close working relationship with opposing counsel. I already see the favoritism that someone else mentioned in these reviews. She has picked her side (not mine) and is a staunch advocate for that side. Her erroneous decision created a domino effect which propagated problems for multiple hearings that I have. I am still picking up the pieces from the disaster that she has created. Someone mentioned in the review empathy and careful listener? Really? because her courtroom manner is horrible. She appears irritable, short tempered, unfriendly, unsympathetic. When opposing counsel attacks me personally, Pellman seems to chime man hating emasculation as an insult to injury. I say send her back to the Kiddies where she will likely do less damage to children and families. To the person that comeented about the class action suit. I'm all for it but Judges have immunity to this type of recourse. It would likely go nowhere. I was doing research and I did see that you can file a confidential complaint at the Commission on Judicial Performance website. I suggest that everyone that feels they have been mistreated or failed by her, file a complaint against her. Provide as much detail and evidence if possible. Good luck to all who have the disadvantage of having to be heard in her courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA30276
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree with all the comments here and just had the same experience. Is there a way to get everyone together here to file a class action complaint / civil action. She should definitely be removed since she clearly uses her discretion unjustly and against men and really causes a lot of harm to people.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA29457
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Very biased against men and sons (and vocal about it). Spends a considerable amount of energy finding ways to avoid doing work. Should not be on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA27680
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Favors women. If you are a man, ding her and get another judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA25575
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
If you come before Amy Pellman as a woman / wife / mother then you are safe and there is a good chance she will rule in your favor. If you are a man / husband / father or a child who prefers not to live with the mother, then you are in trouble in front of this judge, and should strike her or settle out if at all possible. She is prejudiced and does not have the temperament befitting a judicial officer. She lacks an interested in evidence if it does not fit her preconceived views. She gratuitously insults both parties and their counsel who dare to bring a good faith dispute before her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23731
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Judge Pellman is a rare jurist. She reads everything, is extremely knowledgeable and knows the codes. She is vary fair and based on my observation favors neither side to the detriment of the other. Wish we had more like her!

Other

Comment #: CA21788
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Pellman is lauded as being a "fair and intelligent" judge. A quick google search will point out how she has violated how she has violated First Amendment Rights of Attorney/Litigant.

She is not a fair judge. She is clearly biased towards women, even if unrightly so or without cause or reason.

Having witnessed her proceeding today in court, it's clear she handles many cases a day and does not try to actually help the individuals/families involved, but rather chooses one side - and makes judgements based on her opinions formed within a 15-20 minute period.

Truly sad, as she'll never know how much the weight of her ill-informed and quick judgements cost other individuals and their families.

Terrible.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA16622
Rating:10.0
Comments:
She is the best. She listens, has empathy and is fair. Judge Amy Pellman really cares.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA16552
Rating:7.8
Comments:
Judge Pellman is a careful listener, well prepared and has extremely good people reading skills. She tries to balance her rulings and ensure that all interests are served but especially those of the child.

Other

Comment #: CA16012
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A family law judge who doesn’t know the codes and rules of the court and who
Is EXTREMELY BIAS AND PREJUDICE!
Stay far away.

Litigant

Comment #: CA15116
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Pellman read and beautifully recapped the major points of our RFO. She immediately grasped the weak case of the opposition and was wary of their attempt at sleight of hand. Ruled in a balanced and fair way. One of the best family judges!

Other

Comment #: CA15067
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The Judge does not seem to follow the rule of law. She arbitrarily makes decisions and is clearly very biased toward the male party. She does not read what has been provided the court nor consider case law. She is a detriment to the bench and the court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13262
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Most disrespectful lazy judge ever.
Does not read documents, does not follow the law. Clearly biased. Horrible Judicial Temperament. Cause unnecessary delays. Appears to be a man hatter. Rules against men at every opportunity.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA13115
Rating:6.6
Comments:
This judge is really leanient when it comes to people that have alcohol or drug addiction. She still insists that the kids have to spend time with those parents even if they don't want to when most other judges will not. Even if the kids have had a bad experience with the parents its ok, they will still have access which is nice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11612
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Best judge on family bench.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11052
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The best judge ever. Judge Amy Pellman allowed accuser to speak as much he or she wanted but on the end by their words Judge Pellman proofed them wrong. Judge Pellman wouldn't tolerate litigants laying in the court. Also, Judge Pellman had lots of understanding to both parties situation. She always protected children during the process of their parents divorce. Judge Pellman was transferred to different court during the process of my divorce. Next judge was Judge Byrd. I came down from heaven to hell.

Other

Comment #: CA9629
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The best.

Other

Comment #: CA9627
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
An inspirational judge that words fail to describe.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8714
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The best! remains contected, attentive, and personable.

Other

Comment #: CA2226
Rating:8.0
Comments:
She seems fair & has been patient explaining in detail as to the facts and she did grant continuances. She seems to know the laws, She is simply doing her job and I feel she's trying to do her best.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1406
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In my opinion, this judicial officer should not be on the bench. In one case, she completely ignored prevailing case law and the facts of the case that do not fit into her rulings even though those facts are material. She renders decisions which are needlessly very costly to litigants appearing before her. She cites cases to support her rulings which actually hold just the opposite to what she claims. She appears very biased, such that once she makes up her mind as to who she wants to prevail, there is no swaying her. She forces litigants to jointly hire experts and then refuses to accept the experts analysis. She does not have the proper judicial temperament and should be avoided at all costs.