Hon. James V. Selna See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
C.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:6.5 - 17 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. James V. Selna


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20774
Rating:8.7
Comments:
Judge Selna was very fair with my client. He's certainly not pro-defense, but I didn't find him to be pro-government either. He was... well, judicious. Go figure! He actually read and considered my sentencing memorandum, the sentence was quite fair and well-reasoned. He was professional and his judicial temperament was just fine. No complaints.

Litigant

Comment #: 18083
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
On Ocober 2, 2006 had more than a year's worth of calendar work listed. I believe this was a sanction for dismissing civil complaints.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12863
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I found Judge Selna to be quite pleasant in his demeanor, industrious, timely in the issuance of tentative rulings well in advance of the hearings and always very clear and correct in his rulings. A very fine judge and a pleasure to be in his courtroom!

Other

Comment #: 12611
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Really nice person and an excellent judge. Doesn't seem to have the "God complex."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11657
Rating:8.0
Comments:
A fine judge. Hardly in the pocket of big business. Often gets it right, in terms of appellate review, compared to other judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10168
Rating:1.3
Comments:
James V. Selna should not be a presiding judge in a game of "duck duck goose". That is of course unless one of the players has deep pockets.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10119
Rating:7.3
Comments:
Runs his court and conducts himself in a way that appears fair in decisions leading up to trial. However, flip flops on his own decisions and biased on the side of "Big Business" in decisions where it really counts.

Other

Comment #: 10012
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Small minded judge; hates to make decisions; does not follow the law

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9626
Rating:1.0
Comments:
this kind of person should never even be let near a bench - always sides with whatever side has more money - be it bank or large corporation and he has no compassion whatsoever

Other

Comment #: 8607
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Selna's recent ruling against free speech using the Lemon Test is unbelievably stupid. He claims he cannot find a "secular purpose" in the declaration that creationism is "superstitious nonsense." Then he's a complete nitwit! The state has a more than compelling secular interest in standing against pseudoscience!

Other

Comment #: 6259
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
When he threw out the case that Shell Oil Company dealers had against Shell Oil, he pretty much jumped in bed with Big Oil, and showed he is more focused on his future in a political arena owned by big money interests. Shell dealers have been run out of business, and many ruined financially, by their parent oil company, and he is helping by throwing the case out. He should be ashamed. Just my opinion.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5906
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Judge Selna is hard-working, smart, and seemed very fair in the consumer-related cases I brought before him. He didn't give me everything I wanted, but he diligently strived to reach the legally correct and fair result.

In pre-trial matters, he often appears stern and formal, but he becomes slightly more casual with the parties when they are in trial with him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5013
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Selna is intelligent, industrious, and not, as some believe, pro-government or small-minded. Actually, he is very reserved, polite, and almost always gets it right. He was a real lawyer, and he's a real judge. He is accommodating to lawyers while capable of being firm when that's necessary. His apparently humorless demeanor belies a wry sense of humor. He's quite a nice man.

Other

Comment #: 4554
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Rubber stamp for the government. Has myopic vision of what a federal judge should be and how one should respond to public pressure. Small-minded, to put it nicely.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4335
Rating:4.4
Comments:
Bush appointee. Friendly, not particularly scholarly. Appears not to fully grasp issues and favors government defendants.