Judge Ludvigsen represents all that is wrong with the San Bernardino Court system: open corruption, cronyism, and a total disregard for due process and procedure. Once she forms a prejudice against a party, she will ignore that party's evidence and argument, no matter how reasonable, correct, complete, or truthful. There is no possibility of a fair trial with this woman. If you are one of her "favored" laywers (typically female), who are literally guaranteed a favorable outcome. She will ignore the presentations of the disfavored party and do everything possible to damage them.
Judge Ludvigsen should not be on the bench. She is prejudiced, uninformed, and and possibly corrupt. She is willing to alter testimony, not allow testimony, and use testimony not given in the courtroom to alter a settlor's intent that is clear in a trust document to creaate a result she favors. Her ruling in the trial I witnessed gave away a surviving settlor's property, that had been hers for over thirty years, to her deceased husband's family. Judge Ludvigsen was unwilling to even read the evidence presented that clearly showed the surviving settlor was opposed to claims being made by other beneficiaries, she just parroted what the opposition lawyer said. In fact Judge Ludvigsen's intended decision in this case could not have been more one sided against the surviving settlor even if the attorney for the opposing side wrote it himself. Judge Ludvigsen's ruling rewrote the settlor's intent, by eliminating an entire section of the trust, to create a document that supported the beneficiaries intent over the settlors. This should be a warning for anyone living in San Bernadino County if you do not act like the agrieved party before her be prepared to lose everything.
I knew that I could not be the only one. Judge Ludvigsen has tampered with evidence, had ex parte meetings with our opponents who said she told them what to do, and showed extreme bias, forming opinions before any evidence was ever presented. She has kept a lawsuit going when the Plaintiff did not show up 10 times in a row - how do you defend yourself against a Judge who is acting as the Plaintiff, when the Plaintiff is not there. I have filed complaints with the Judicial Counsel and they do not care. If you have been affected, I plead with you to at least file a complaint with the Judicial Counsel - they may do something just due to the sheer number of them. Like they said, they cannot fix something if someone does not complain. Several times she has cleared the courtroom first, keeping us there all day, so she could manipulate the proceedings. She has told the Probate Administrator to do something totally out of line with due process, even winking at him in the course of doing so. She has no respect for the law or due process.
This is the worst judge from among over two hundred before whom I have appeared. She cannot even handle traffic court. On a traffic court case the woman ticketed
pleaded guilty with an explanation. After the explanation, "Judge" Ludvigsen announced the fine. The woman told her that he ticket showed the fine to be a lesser
amount. "Judge" Lugvigsen told her, and also the entire audience that this should be a lesson, that if the fine increases after the ticket you pay the higher amount.
The woman fell back on her 8th grade civics constitution lesson on ex post facto laws: can't increase punishment after the fact. The "judge" reluctantly reduced the
fine to that as of the date of the offense. The appalling lack of legal knowledge of this judge extends to almost everything she does (or doesn't do). She should be removed from the bench and have to forfeit her pension since she dose not properly earn her salary.
I would prefer to give her zero stars. I have rarely seen such a disrespectful, unprepared, rude and spiteful person on the bench. She seems completely overwhelmed by her job, but instead of moving quickly, rambles about how awful everyone is that appears in front of her. She yells at pro per individuals, practically reducing them to tears, and often when they are there under terrible circumstances because someone in their family has died. She is generally wrong on the law and the facts, but does not seem to care. It is truly unfortunate that she presents the face of our judicial system to so many people who come to the court for assistance and justice.
Jude Ludvigsen is a complete disgrace to the Bench. She blatantly announces to the Court that she does not read the issues before her because it is too big! She mimicks defendants by talking in a sarcastic child-like voice pointing out that they should do a Declaration. After pointing out that 3 Declarations were done, she still forges ahead with her b.s. I became so frustrated that I yelled at her and told her it was her job to read the petitions in front of her, was told to leave, but I kept on telling her that she was incompetent the whole way out. I did not care if I was even arrested because I could not believe she was able to totally disregard the reason all parties were there in the first place. She also seemed to be "friends" with the opposing counsel, which made it that much harder for our side. Ridiculous! I just hope that the Conservatee in this case survives the issues before a real decision could be made on her behalf. If she passes, I will go after this Judge with everything I have!
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I am an investigator. Time after time, my clients report back to me that "judge" Ludvigsen is rude, disrespectful, biased, pompous, and unprofessional at the bench and instills fear in those that come before her by yelling, screaming, mocking, and telling people to "SHUT UP!" She should be removed. I truly do not understand why she is still there.
Judge Ludvigsen is awesome. The executor of my Dad's Trust stole most of the money. Unfortunely while Judge Ludvigsen was giving the thief the benefit of the doubt (as a Judge should) and asking for records that were never provided, the executor stole another $20K. Dad died in 2006, money's all gone, ex-executor has gone missing, but at least we should be getting a judgement against the thief soon.