Hon. Alice Vilardi

Judge Vilardi's Average Overall Review:

2 Stars

Based on 42 reviews

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2983. party to case (with attorney)

My poor daughter has suffered horrible consequences due to Vilardi's inabiliity to perform her job at the most basic level. She does not read the documents, make decisions based on bias, and in the end the child suffers. She handed my 18 months old child over to a sperm donor for 8 overnights a month simply because he sued me for parentage. The trial was not held for another 2 years due to delay after delay. She continued every hearing over months and months. Meanwhile, my screaming daughter was pried from my arms weekly and handed to this man who was a stranger to her. 3 years later we are still stuck in her courtroom. The sperm donor has one hundred percent custody. I have two visits for two hours twice a week. Had she read any of the mediatior's recommendations, custody evaluation report, or cared about the child, all of this would have been avoided. She should step down asap!


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3216. attorney (private practice)

This judge does not review the court file and forgets her own rulings in the case, then makes conflicting rulings. It is clear based on her rulings that she is prejudicial and biased. Her rulings encourage further conflict and are not "in the best interest" of the child. Judge Vilardi shows a blatant disregard for the law, code of civil procedures, Judicial Ethics or Bench Guidelines.


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2449. party to case (with attorney)

Her bias was so apparent from the beginning of my case that myself and my family wanted another judge, it was very obvious she was close friends with the other attorney. She is the worst judge, did not pay attention, forgot really important details, changed directions constantly and did not stick with the rules of the court. She refused to make rulings on very important aspects of the case. She needs to be removed quickly. I have heard this sentiment from many attorneys.


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3081. party to case (with attorney)

My case was muffed so badly by this judge that the appeals court overturned her verdict. She doesn't understand the general rules of family law or just doesn't follow them. She did not use the facts in determining a ruling in our case, we knew it and the appeals court knew it and said so in their ruling. She did not write a 'Statement of Decision', she did not rule on important aspects of the case or even mention them in her ruling but most importantly she just got it all wrong. It cost me a lot of time and money, Another judge took 2 hours to figure it out based on the facts and made a ruling opposite of Judge Vilardi's ruling. She should not be allowed to ruin families and lives. She can not make mistakes like this and stay on the bench, it is not fair to litigants in her courtroom.


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2543. other

I just experience first hand what what #7 is referring too. My own children were put into the hands of their father who has a criminal charge for domestic violence. I, the victim and mother, was given 10% custody. How does someone almost kill their spouse and then get 90% custody of the children? I will tell you how, pray you get Judge Vilardi on your case if you have a criminal charge. You will make out like a king and be able to keep your house, your children and all your money! You will love her if you have any type of criminal record. Karma is all I have to say.


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2614. party to case (pro se)

This poor judge is evidence that the family code needs to be rewritten so that judges like this can't wreak havoc on families and children. I agree with others here, she shows bias in a sometimes overt way, she has the attorneys generally afraid to really stand up to her because they know she's likely to hold a grudge against them, and you may go into her court for a small dispute and her threshold for ordering a custody evaluation (a very lengthly and expensive and conflict-laden process) is so low, she turns small disputes into large ones unnecessarily (which of course benefits psychologists and attorneys considerably). I generally had a favorable view of the US court system until I stepped into Judge Villardi's courtroom, reminiscent of what I've heard of courts in some third world countries -- albeit some of it is because the state goveement has written the family code so poorly that judges have much too much lattitude and poor judges like her can inflict lot of damage and cost.


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3319. party to case (with attorney)

I feel sorry for children who are being abused or trying to take their own lives because this judge will put you right back in danger. No matter how much proof you have she doesn't care. She needs to be kicked off the bench.


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960. attorney (non-profit practice)

I have never met a Judge who demonstrates the poorest demeanor. She is so driven wanting to embarass the very qualified lawyers who appear before her that it simply does not make sense. She is dismissive, rude, attacking and petty in her complaints. She comes across as somebody with a big personality and does a disservice to the community at large. She forgets she gets paid by the tax payers and she owes them a duty, respect, civility and patience. She seems to get enjoyment on putting people down including the family law bar who appears before her and doing this in front of other litigants, members of the bar and her courtroom staff (who are the best). Efforts are made to try and settle everything outside her courtroom because she is a dodging bullet. She does not appear to read the file as I have had a recent trial with her where it was clear that she forgot that she had already had a trial and it appears that because I reminded her of the prior proceedings, she was embarrassed and decided to become quite unprofessional. Family law litigants need to be treated like disciplining children. A judicial officer should be gracefully direct, firm but compassionate in their message to the litigants and their attorneys so as to gain their cooperation in following her orders and leave the proceeding feeling that the process is fair. Family Court is often an arena where members of society have their first introduction to the legal system and to treat the litigants and their counsel as second class citizens is simply not right. She is doing a disservice to the community at large and maybe it is time for her to retire.


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1056. attorney (private practice)

In 18 years of practice, she is the rudest and worst judge I have ever met. I guess because of her advanced age, she forgets things and is really, really, cranky. She forgets her own rulings in case and makes conflicting rulings/statements. She ordered that we have a informal settlement conference on a certain day and I prepared the FOAH that reflected this and she signed it. Then, she forgot there was supposed to be one, did not remember even after looking at the FOAH that she signed and it did not show up on calendar. I don't do a lot of work in that County. But I appears that most of the attorneys that appear in front of her are terrorized by her bully tactics. I wish she would retire.


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2475. other

I am not involved in this case. However, I am horrified to have witnessed her throw out 2 warnings by 2 different mediators and warnings by the court appointed therapist not to return children to their abusive father. She just handed a wealthy, violent, drug addicted pedophile with multiple CPS reports from more than one county custody. He coaches girls soccer. He grooms people. A judge is supposed to help protect our community from men like this. It's revolting. Why? What's her motive? Her motives are highly suspect. The Commission of Judicial Performance needs to hear about this. The public needs to know about her. She is more dangerous to our community than this man. How many kids has she put in harms way? May God have mercy on her soul for the hell she just sent those children into. I hold her responsible for the damage that comes to these children. If she sees this, I hope she will consider Matthew 21:12. There are courts higher than this one.


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2615. party to case (with attorney)

It's amazing, there is such concensus that this is a bad judge and yet no one has the guts to run against her in the current election (2014) and her term will be automatically extended to 2021! I'm not an attorney so I can't run, but I would have if I could. I know if someone had run against her they would have likely gotten significant support by many of those who passed through her courtroom (like myself). No telling how many more families she'll damage in the coming 8 years, so unfortunate.


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2815. party to case (with attorney)

This judge overlooked all the major issues in this case and ruled in a way that proves she held a bias. She seems confused and slow and should be removed.


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4633. other

I have personally witnessed 2 cases where Vilardi made the wrong judgement - visited her sessions at 2 court hearings. One I sat in the middle of and a woman was acting like crazy on the stand - she made the ludest comments, pretended to cry, to act, and her whole act was scripted and staged - very obvious to not a law student, but, everyone in the court room. As for Vilardi, Not only did she completely completely go wrong, she drew conclusions in her closing which showed complete bias. She needs to be taken off the bench. She is a crook, and supports liars, and knows it. I witnessed over 2 weeks of trial where the defendant and her witnesses lied non-stop. Acted, and then even high-fived each other in the hallway, and gestured to each other in court. This judge actually slept through all of it. It was so obvious they knew she was lying. She favors manipulative liars. Even a non-educated person can see what's going on, and it's sad Vilardi can't. She's too too old, doesn't know what she's doing. Why don't people get her off? The bottle of anger I have for her judgements, is just never ending. Like people say, SHE IS THE WORST. Whosoever praises her, guaranteed 100% is the liar, and must just thank their stars they got Vilardi. She should be in prison, along with all of the liars she's helped escape from the law. In the other case, Vilardi completely gave doubt to a woman again - even though the woman had witnesses who 100% rehearsed their whole script again and again - of course they fumbled majorly. Vilardi ignored crucial evidence, does not understand technology as it is today, is not in a position to make fair judgements, because she blindly ignored stuff. She just likes to keep trials hanging, makes money for herself, lawyers, and the poor innocent suffer at her hands -- PURE EVIL- if there is to be any justice in this world, Vilardi needs to be OFF the bench. What does it require for change! Gosh!


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596. party to case (pro se)

She is a lousy Judge. She cares very little about the best interst of children and instead gives high priority on her status. She needs to step down from the bench NOW!!


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4592. party to case (with attorney)

I cannot believe what is written about this Judge. She is a Angel in my books. My ex brought a baseless case against me and almost took everything away from me. Fortunately, even though it took some time, this Judge presided over this matter and CAREFULLY OBSERVED everything. Not only is she INCREDIBLY intelligent but she is a FAIR PERSON. She gave both sides the opportunity to be heard. Her knowledge of the law is UNPRECEDENTED! She is truly one of the BEST JUDGES in this COUNTRY! I am NOT BIAS! At the start, I had NOTHING. The judiciary system took my child from me based on false accusations - however, this JUDGE saw the UNJUSTICE. She saw what my ex was attempting to do and she gave a VERDICT that was fair and just. Thank you Ms Valardi! Hope more Judges are as dedicated and just like you!


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5672. party to case (pro se)

Found the judge to be decidedly fair. Her manner isn't anything like what is mentioned in other reviews. I didn't see her talk down to any of the lawyers, or to me or the other party in my case. She has a bit of a quirky sense of humor but she was very efficient and explained things thoroughly. Because of a computer follow up, I sat in the court room watching for nearly 3 hours and saw her with several different kinds of people and cases. I'm confident that my case will be seen fairly and found the others to be done so as well. I admit to reading the other reviews right before I went in the court room and expected the worst. Turned out it was all pretty easy.


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2814. party to case (with attorney)

I have had multiple judges over the years in family law cases, this judge is the worst. Alice Vilardi is an absolute tyrant with no regard for the law. She is forgetful, inconsistent, and abusive. It is clear based on her rulings that she is prejudicial and biased. They need to reform family law and have accountability for these judges. Alice Vilardi is vindictive and has no regard for her oath of office. The children subject to her rulings are the real victims of her abuse. This judge is the problem not part of the solution. Her rulings encourage further conflict and she has no regard for facts if they do not line up with her agenda. She has demonstrated her utter disregard for the law and the best interest of children. Alice Vilardi, there is a force in this universe that balances everything out, someday you will be judged and will pay dearly for your actions.


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3813. party to case (pro se)

It is an insult to tax payers, that judge Alice Vilardi who is not capable and competent to be a judge, was appointed to be a supervised judge of Family Court.


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5653. witness

you can't get a more biased judge than this one. feel sorry for people who suffer injustice in this country - judges like Vilardi act like god, without even thinking an iota of how their decision affects innocent lives. she ignores the facts, the evidence, doesn't understand credibility one bit, becomes biased, and takes wrong decisions. embarrassement to Berkeley school of law.


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6404. party to case (with attorney)

Well I am amazed, more speechless. My name is Heather. Today I am a court approved supervisor for visitation in san diego. 8 years ago, I was a victim in ms. Vilardis circus. Yesterday my client expressed anxiety about what her judge might do in her upcoming court case. To show her what a really bad judge looks like I of course Google JUDGE ALICE VILARDI. Hence I am speechess. How is it possible that she is still practicing? 8 years ago I escaped her horrendous court room, went to Oakland Court, and had her order overturned. You will note in this review I refuse to call her "Judge". She is not worthy of this title. What I would like to call her is not allowed on this site. However, I have decided to start a website where I can, and you can, say anything you want about Vilardi. I will give everyone that info soon. 8 years ago, after 2 years and $250,000, after cps reports of Acute Child Abuse from children's hospitals, after 8 domestic violence charges on the father, cps reports on father on other children, vilardi gave my sons biological father custody. Sole custody. Of my 4 year old child. Don't worry. I took my kid and ran. I had a warrant for my arrest. I didn't care. Police could find me a kill me. They would never find my child. Long story short. Appeals overturned her decision. My son is a thriving 11 year old. He has had no contact with his biological father since that fateful date. He has an amazing step father who loves my child as his own. I became a supervisor so I could be a voice for these precious children. Now I want Vilardi out. Not only out of office. Out of the court system. I want Alameda county to be held responsible for putting mine, yours, all children that pass thru her courtroom in danger. However young your child is, they have a civil right to be safe. Vilardi not only takes away their voice, but all of our rights. How about a new movement; Children's lives matter. You can email me about your problems with Vilardi at: hfusting@gmail.com.


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6492. party to case (with attorney)

Need information on websites where to complain about Vilardi. Someone please let me know where is the place where we can go and make sure Vilardi's actions can be complained about. She's ruining far too many lives, including ours, and it's ridiculous how nothing is being done to her position if she is that bad (which in my opinion she definitely IS the worst you can get!)


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6831. party to case (with attorney)

All of the comments are true, I had Judge Vilardi and she is extremely biased and makes up her mind early on. She makes changes on the fly without any real thought and later cannot seem to recall why she did it. Obvious she doesn't read the court file. She is a danger to families and to anyone in her courtroom.


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6863. party to case (pro se)

THANK YOU JUDGE VILARDI AND STAFF!!! YOU ALL ARE AWESOME!!! he Judge and the court office staff were awesome to me when I was getting my divorce. I couldn't afford a lawyer and went back and forth completing forms, etc. Hey, there are always two sides to a story; I don't know your side nor your opponents side of the story, but I think some of the remarks here are pretty distasteful, uncalled for and even threatening. If they can trace an IP address and find out where threats were made from, you could be in for alot of trouble. When you wish bad on someone just because you feel they did you wrong, it will come back on you; because goes around comes around and then goes around again!


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916. party to case (pro se)

She's the worst


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1427. attorney (private practice)

She is very bad judge, who should be removed from the bench ASAP, to stop her from damaging innocent people and little children lives. She made numerous rulings and orders against the CA laws and US Constitution. Before she was transferred to the Family Law, she was judge in Criminal Law, where she "stank" and it's reason why she was transferred to the Family Law. Question: why judge who "stank" in Criminal Law can be easily transferred to the Family Law and "stink" there, instead of being removed from the bench? Why tax payers' money is spent to pay high salary to the lousy judge Villardi, who does not know the CA laws and US Constitution, and not capable to do her job?


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2721. party to case (pro se)

Horrible judge with no sense of justice.


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4593. party to case (with attorney)

I cannot believe what is written about this Judge. She is a Angel in my books. My ex brought a baseless case against me and almost took everything away from me. Fortunately, even though it took some time, this Judge presided over this matter and CAREFULLY OBSERVED everything. Not only is she INCREDIBLY intelligent but she is a FAIR PERSON. She gave both sides the opportunity to be heard. Her knowledge of the law is UNPRECEDENTED! She is truly one of the BEST JUDGES in this COUNTRY! I am NOT BIAS! At the start, I had NOTHING. The judiciary system took my child from me based on false accusations - however, this JUDGE saw the UNJUSTICE. She saw what my ex was attempting to do and she gave a VERDICT that was fair and just. Thank you Ms Valardi! Hope more Judges are as dedicated and just like you!


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4607. party to case (pro se)

This judge is horrible. Worst I've ever seen.


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5619. other

Worst judge I have ever come across. Makes me lose faith in the US Judicial System. Judge Vilardi is not only plain dumb, she IGNORES evidence that's thrown right at her face because she is so biased. She prolongs cases so attorneys benefit, and she can have an easy job, while all the while she has her mind made up. I have heard cases in her court room run longer than murder trials due to her evil and cunning tactics. She is not fit to be a judge. KARMA hopefully gets her for all the lives she ruins and is continuing to ruin. Should be a way to get her out of the court!


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6360. other

Judge Vilardi needs to be careful about conclusions she draws because she clearly misses out on the facts - it is surprising she has not been evaluated by higher officials. She appears to be listening to things very very carefully, yet, when her judgement was given, it was shocking, to say the least! Not to mention DISGUSTING! I have yet to see a judge who could get it as WRONG as she could. Hope sense prevails over her, and she is able to pay back god knows the innumerable lives she must have ruined due to her failure to be unbiased and see the facts, rather than make judgements based on fabricated stories WITHOUT evidence.


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6390. other

I agree all the comments in here. She is the worst judge ever. She doesn't even review the case before the hearing. She is not good and needs to go. We need to file a complaint about her to State Commission of Judicial Performance. Please anyone got hurt by her ruling go and file a complaint so she cant do this to anyone anymore.


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6927. party to case (with attorney)

Contrary to the reviews, I saw that Judge Vilardi is very sharp and she is very learned. She was spot on with court orders she made on the cases that she dealt with before my turn came. I think she is Reasonable and looks cases from common sense perspective. If you were wrong and you got the orders against you then no point in cribbing. Everyone is right in their own mind.


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7270. party to case (with attorney)

I have no words to describe this Evil Judge. She is simply incompetent, brutal and horrific. Alice Vilardi will do anything unethical or immoral that satisfies her ego. All the people who suffered by her. should join forces to remove her from her position before she destroys more lives.


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4623. witness

Anyone claiming she's an ANGEL, must be the DEVIL for sure. No sense of justice. All I can say is karma will get you - watch out, it's comin baby. You may get away with Vilardi if you're guilty, pray you get her, but, there's no escapin' the cameras up on top. No escapin' those ever, so lie all you want in front of Vilardi, but, watch out for the REAL JUDGE up on top. Darn, no 0 star rating, we're REQUIRED to give even a 1 to this judge - bummer!


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5324. witness

She's an insult to the US justice system!!!! Most careless judge I have ever seen, and dumbest one on this planet. The facts faced her right in the face, time and again, she never understood anything. Most biased creature on the face of the earth. Let's hope God has good plans to make her pay for her careless mistakes, and all the innocent lives she's ruined. Hope she's on trial with HIM, and he sends her to the place she most deserves - GUILTY!


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5326. other

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7641. party to case (pro se)

She is a horrible person she breaks the law every day putting innocent babies in danger with no care what's so ever she will have to face god one day she is ruining lives and doesn't even care about the welfare of the child I'm currently in her court room and man is it a disaster lord please get me out of her court room


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8184. witness

Judge Alice Vilardi is a shining star in the family court system! If you gave her anything but 5 *'s then you must be a bad parent, abusive, or got railroaded by a represented ex who manufactured evidence, which you did not refute. Vilardi is sharp as a tack, quick as a whip, and will put you in your place quicker than you can figure out what's going on if you're screwing up. Don't walk into her courtroom thinking you know more than she does, because you will get schooled. Alice Vilardi is the best Family Court judge in the CA Fam Court system... She knows how to read between the lines, and also knows that: 'the truth is the truth no matter how much time passes'. Thanks to Judge Vilardi, my best friend's children were rescued from their abusive mother, who retained Jerome Blaha's firm- the father was In Pro Per. Because of the mother's plethora of lies, unwillingness to cooperate w/the court orders, psych eval's, counseling, her fabrication of evidence, etc, etc, etc... The pendulum got swung. My best friend kept every piece of paper he ever got, including receipts from gas stations in another State, where they lived together before moving back to Ca. This is what saved his kids. He had 'Material Evidence' to refute Everything that the 'mother' made up/fabricated. W/O going into detail I will say this: Judge Vilardi helped literally save at least one of the children's lives. The mother was hell bent on creating a fake mental illness in him, and removing him from society. After all was said and done HONORABLE Judge Vilardi made a statement at the final hearing in Pleasanton. She, in part, stated that, "What the mother has allowed to occur, and perpetrated herself is bizarre and disturbing"... She then had the case moved to the county my bff lives in, after she ordered sole legal custody to him, since neither parent, nor child lived in Alameda Co any longer. She knew what she was doing when she did that, and that was one of the best things she could have done. She also ordered that the mother is a Vexatious Litigant- barring her from filing any more motions- after over 200 appearances. I really hope my friend writes a book about his and his son's experiences, so that other men and boys know that they are not alone in this crap that sick mothers do. Alice Vilardi- a bright shining star*****. We need way more judges like her!!


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8663. party to case (with attorney)

It is disconcerting to see so many folks here express the same thing I have experienced with Judge Alice Vilardi. It seems the general consensus is this judge is biased toward men; favors them against all facts. Vilardi even stated in her final document the facts were practically beside the point while ignoring all school documentation and evidence presented that our daughter was thriving in her new school with me regarding this School Choice decision we were in court for. She clearly does not care about the child. The father can just waltz in, say whatever he wants; show no proof, present no facts, and provide documentation to back up anything he "claims" and just walk away with everything! Meanwhile, I present ALL facts - years worth of his documented psychopathic behavior (that 3 psychologist were able to figure out, each in only two sessions!) only to have her complain about "all these facts being presented" - as if they're annoying her to boredom. She even admitted to ignoring them! It is helpful to know Alice said she'll be retiring "soon" - but clearly, this is not soon enough. I am hoping to file a complaint against her while requesting a new judge. As if dealing with bias by men for women isn't hard enough. Having a female judge show CLEAR BIAS against other women - just cuz, regardless of all evidence, is just disgusting and totally unacceptable behavior in a family court room. All decisions should be based on FACTS; not person bias or opinion of ANY KIND. She wouldn't even listen to my attorney. Each time Alice just walked off the bench without having finished our discussions or answered any of my questions.


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8679. party to case (with attorney)

She was a judge ruling my case many years ago. My daughter now almost 14 and out of the court system for a couple years is still suffering for all the emotional abuse she was put through and this judge knew what she was doing. It made my daughter question her self worth her entire childhood. Why would an adult do the things to her that she did. She gets no stars.


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8688. party to case (with attorney)

This horrible biased Vilardi has finally retired! Could not be happier... she has extreme bias toward men and against women. She not only ignores facts but makes excuses for why the man behaved badly.. my take is that she feels sorry for the abusive man that you got away from, and feels that after 25 years of staying home to raise kids, you should be self supporting in a year. She punishes the woman who has gotten up the nerve to get away from the horrible husband, after all, she must be crazy to walk away from any man who supports his family - if he does that, he must be a good man and the woman is punished for what she did to him. I know a lot of women will now get a fair hearing from the new judge. Previous to Vilardi I had great experiences with fair judges. Thank goodness she is out.


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