We realize our success in removing these judges will be historic. We also realize the legal system must change. The CJP will not stop these judges as they close 90% of complaints after "initial review." Therefore, we will police these judges and send them a strong message - when you treat a self-represented litigant (or any litigant) as subhuman, ignore Rules of Court and decades of precedent, you will be removed from the bench.
This isn’t a race issue or a sex issue, this is about justice, which we all deserve and demand from our judges when we walk into their courtrooms.
While the facts may differ from case-to-case, it’s all the same story. These judges lack compassion, decency and understanding that they are on the bench to enforce the rule of law. For judges to allow opposing counsel to beat up on self-represented litigants, to threaten them, bully them and mock them out of pure entertainment purposes, is just wrong and will no longer be accepted. We will no longer permit courtrooms to play favorites and change the rules to suit opposing counsel. To twist the rules of court to suit a judge’s bias will also no longer be accepted.
Apply the law and only the law or we will seek to recall you.
It is widely accepted that judges don’t read pleadings and on most days allow their bias clerks, or assistants, to prepare notes and or a tentative. This is unacceptable as it limits their ability to even understand oral arguments. Judge LaForteza is a perfect example of a judge who does not appear to ever read the tentatives - as he does not engage in oral arguments. As soon as the litigant stops talking he asks OPC if they even need to be heard (letting them know that the argument fell on deaf ears) and makes it an Order.
These judges must be stopped once and for all. If you fail at your job - you get fired. These judges are not simply entitled to sit on the bench for life - they must earn such a privilege.
We, the voters, are finally taking back our courts as well as the justice we each seek and are entitled to when we walk into any LA Superior Courthouse.