Hon. Virginia A. Phillips See Rating Details
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Average Rating:6.7 - 8 rating(s)
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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=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Virginia A. Phillips


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22243
#6788, and the other positive comments, must be a troll or a former clerk. This judge is notorious horrible for defendants and defense attorneys -- although I can see why prosecutors absolutely LOVE her. I have been a defense attorney for a long time and do not know any defense attorneys who enjoy trying cases in her courtroom. She will literally bend over backwards to accommodate the government. Very pro-prosecution. She holds grudges against defense attorneys, and is well known for getting them kicked off the CJA panel.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20939
I get the impression that Judge Phillips thinks that starving plaintiffs of discovery will lighten her docket. The opposite is true. It increases litigation by emboldening defense attorneys to think that they may get away with a case that otherwise would have to be settled. It is because of this that she has one of the most congested calendars in the Central District.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11390
Failing to see the big picture has cost her many points. She can recite law very nice and uses it when she needs and then leaves it when it contradicts her decision.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9741
This Judge is so overwhelmed that she does everything possible to remand or otherwise transfer a case. In fact, she fails to listen to the evidence or follow the law as to cases that should be in front of her. Anything she can do to get rid of a case, she will do.


Comment #: 8100
In my 15 years of legal practice, all of which has been in litigation, she is without a doubt the best judge I have ever appeared before. Totally fair, thoughtful, reviews all written work by the parties, and a genuinely good person. I haven't seen her make a bad decision yet, even when she rules against me. A true role model for women lawyers.


Comment #: 7654
I believe that Judge Phillips was a very honorable judge. She was very patient, professional and courteous with me during my change of plea and sentencing. Glad I got this judge in Riverside.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6788
While she can be a bit cranky at times and be brutal on lawyers and their nonsense, she is as smart as they come and is the person you would want in argument. She is completely engaged and follows the reasoned analysis wherever it goes. Not a government leaning judge, unlike the fellow down the hall from her. Has a deeper understanding of the nature of judging than any of the fifty odd Article III judges I have appeared before in my so-called career.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4640
Fair. Listens and not biased