St. George is well known for being cautious and biased against fathers. Most of the local lawyers and staff know this, some exploit it. He also dislikes self-represented individuals (the self-help department in Santa Monica is significantly lacking and he's overbooked).
To quote one lawyer, "He'll never take a kid away unless it's deserved but fathers are satellite's to him; they are insignificant. So unless a psych eval shows the mother is crazy, she will always get primary custody and the lion's share of time."
I beg to differ with all of the comments on this page. This man is honorable. My case went through court for about 10 years. It was ridiculous. He got the case assigned to him. He carefully read every pleading. He gave my ex a chance, just long enough to see him act as usual, and ended all the misery. He ended it. Of course my ex split and didn't follow orders, but, when I find him, and get him in for contempt, this judge knows what he's doing, and doesn't take any crap! Honorable Cowen is also a great judge! I can't believe someone commented on St Georges sexual preference. So what? Does that make anyone less of a judge? He's very fair, and VERY smart!! He genuinely cares about women and children. I hope they make this man a judge! He's awesome!!
This is the worst judge I have ever seen. I have been in court as moral support for my brother and it has been awful. He hands out restraining orders like candy....... with ZERO regard to the truth, evidence nor consequences for those that he hands them out against. I have watched it day after day.
He then makes rulings and leans on the falsely derived restraining orders when ruling on custody.
I have totally lost faith in our judicial system because of this man.
I strongly advise anyone who has a case land on this "commissioner's" desk, to do yourself a favor and go to his courtroom and watch how he does things so that you are prepared.
I am not an advocate for lying under oath...... but if the other side does and you don't, you are screwed. He takes the word of the first liar then cares nothing about evidence to back up the story. Then when you are trying to rebut the lies, expects you to provide evidence to the contrary. How do you prove that you did not do something? It is supposed to be that the accuser has the burdon of proof for that reason.
My ex sister in law has lied under oath, lied in declarations and contradicted herself on several occassions, with no penalties for doing so. He gives no consideration to child psychologist's findings on over night visits or parental planning yet orders the parents to go to classes. He recently said he "went to a seminar" so now he does not want to give overnights visits to fathers. I am pretty sure that child psychologist's have far more than a seminar in their backgrounds that make them much better suited to make determinations with regards to children and overnights!
Luckily, he has made reversible errors so we at least have appeals..... money permitting!
I am considering a campaign against this man to have him removed or at least have his superiors look at his cases a little closer. If anyone out there reads this and has had similar experiences, I would love to hear from you. If there are enough of us, maybe we could make a difference. I can be reached by e-mail at MBoyett220@aol.com
The "man" is a pig. He should not be judging other. He has mental problems I think due to his sexual choice. email@example.com
What an ignoramus this commissioner is.
He completely ignored what the court appointed psychiatrist and a private therapist recommended on several occasions during our 730 evaluation. Too bad for me that I did not do my research on this guy. He is an ex-cop. Very conservative and very unpredictable. He took over from another disaster, David Cowan. When deciding the case he did not remember that I had a legal custody to my children. His background is LA City Attorney’s Office, criminal cases and LGBT issues. He is not qualified to handle family law cases. Hates it when people represent themselves and punishes you for that. He gave physical custody to the mother of my kids, assigned a visitations monitor to me even though there was no violence proven and ordered therapy for every one like he was choosing a meal at a restaurant.
He is totally anti-father. Avoid him.
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Amen Todd. You are spot on with your review. This guy is doing the system and kids more harm than good. He needs to be looked at by his superior judges and reprimanded or retired!