Hon. Robert E. Willett

Judge Willett's Average Overall Review:

1 Stars

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4233. party to case (pro se)

This Judge can't stay awake long enough to consider your case. He literally sits with his head in his palm eyes drooping. It sometimes makes decisions on a case that are not even before the court. I was sanctioned $5,000 for a lack of filing that was later proved to be right in front of him the entire time. (you don't get your sanctions back) He fails to hear a full argument. He clings to an aspect of the case and makes all ruling based on partial information. He is often intimidated by attorneys with strong personalities and he is afraid of appeal threats. You do NOT want to be Pro Per in front of him. You have to beat him about the head and shoulders as to what the LAW is and a Pro Per can't muster that. The attorneys joke about him. I feel for anyone that tries to present a case Pro Per. He definitely shows signs of losing it. I hope he retires soon.


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3517. party to case (with attorney)

Let me tell you my honest story. Some years ago I went in front of this judge and it haunts me till this day. I've been hiding my depression and living as a shell of myself since then. I will never be able to put the pieces of my life back together again. I took my ex to court to gain visitation of my child. What does she do? It's the oldest trick in the book that every judge and every attorney knows about, she files for a restraining order. My attorney and I scoff at the idea, I've known her workplace, known her home, she's been calling me and I haven't been making any contact with her or my child prior to this hearing. It's a complicated situation but she was doing something quite illegal and I knew that I had to talk to my attorney prior to making any contact. Under the advice of my attorney, I sent an e-mail to ask to see my child prior to going to court to have proof that I tried to establish contact. In the courtroom, she was caught lying red handed on several occasions. She had some kind of telephone recording of a conversation we had which the judge was going to admit until her attorney realized how illegal it was and he withdrew it. But when I was asked about the conversation, I didn't remember what it was about and speculated what it could have been about. Because of that, he said he found I was "not credible" and said he found that there was a threat in this illegally recorded phone call that he was not able to listen to. This is even though my ex did not even make the claim that there was a threat in this phone call and God as my witness I never threatened her. He made a broad assumption out of thin air. Before closing he made the finding that I had not contacted her in over a year, which gave us a lot of confidence. He said I had her number, I knew where to find her, but I didn't, so why should he issue a restraining order. My attorney and I were pleased until he came back with the verdict. He granted a maximum restraining order again me for my ex and the kicker was he also issued a restraining order on me for my own child. The situation was complicated and there was no other solution but to get the decision out of his hands. It's been a few years since the unbelievable judgment that he delivered. I've been devastated, unable to see my child, paying off my attorney fees and other associated costs. Now my only hope is that some day my child will know of me and try to find me. Dad's here, you can find me... I love you and I don't live a moment of my life without missing you.


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785. attorney (private practice)

Doesn't pay attention, loses focus quickly and is confused about the issues at hand. Very old school, has a hard time understanding the current issues.


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787. attorney (non-profit practice)

Just an old guy, very confused. Has old fashioned values and might try to act like he's being fair but he's made up his mind very early on in any case. Avoid at all costs.


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898. witness

I concur: His attempt of appearing fair is almost believable, but he's made up his mind very early on in any case. Avoid at all costs. Indeed.


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1125. attorney (private practice)

I'm in a position that allows me to converse freely with the other judges at Mosk. Let's just say we have a nickname for this guy, Willett the Skillet because of his hot temper. You know you're going to get it when he starts getting red then he pauses, tilts his head, closes his eyes and says "OK." With no respect from his peers, who consider him an inside joke, one thing is certain when you go before him... someone is going to get screwed. I've won and lost in front of him, but whenever possible I avoid him. Like a box of stupid chocolates, you just don't know what you're gonna get...


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2197. party to case (with attorney)

This guy is the worst! Can't make decisions, punts every time he can. Won't read anything before hand, doesn't listen, makes his decision to not make a decision within seconds. Witnessed an attorney begging him to read the Ex Parte motion that they were there for, after Willitt admitted he hadn't read it, but was planning on it? Worst judge I've ever run across. Avoid at all cost


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2493. party to case (with attorney)

He is inept, and lacks command of family law.


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2625. party to case (with attorney)

I couldn't agree more with every comment above. This is the worst "judge" I have ever seen. I don't know about anyone else but I am filing a complaint COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14400 San Francisco, California 94102 Here is the link. http://cjp.ca.gov/file_a_complaint.htm We all need to band together and get this guy thrown out. He is hurting children every day he sits in that courtroom.


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3666. party to case (with attorney)

We all need to get together and have a class action law suit he is a worthless ,clueless and heartless excuse of a law representative! He has destroyed my little girl's life. We all need justice please let's all get together so he doesn't continue destroying homes and children's life!


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4100. party to case (with attorney)

We filed an RFO to enforce the Judgement signed by Judge Willett because my ex misinterpreted the Judgment. I stead of ruling on the requests made in my RFO, this jerk of a Judge entertained and ruled favorably on all of my ex's requests which was not part of the RFO or the purpose of the hearing. I see a common thread in most of the comments above. Once this old fart forms an opinion on your credibility and God forbid that it is not good, you are screwed every time you enter his court for any relief. The Presiding Judge of the LA Superior Court who oversees Judge Willet will summarily dismiss any complaint by a form letter. The Commission on Judicial Performance is a state agency to whom you can also complain, but they close most casesd without taking any action. So parents, families and children who have been screwed by this Jackass of a Judge should all write to the Commission on Judicial Performance and the more they hear the better our chances are to get this clown off the bench. Contact the commission by copying and pasting the link below. Let's get some Justice from those who wear the black robe and take an oath to render justice. http://cjp.ca.gov/Contact.htm


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4218. party to case (with attorney)

Running a kangaroo court. Absolute joke of a judge. Avoid at all cost.


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1409. party to case (with attorney)

Avoid at all costs. I think this judge never had a father or was rejected by his father, and can not stand seeing children having great dads. Please. Retire. Soon.


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3598. party to case (with attorney)

This is the judge presiding over my divorce. I will say that it is so insane, I decided to just be amicable with my estranged spouse. I have just accepted that I will be screwed. he had full of monkey business and he just said oh it didn't matter my jaw dropped. he also made up thing that weren't even part of the case. It was as if he did not read anything. my estranged hid thousands and thousands of dollars. set me up to look like I was the bad one and it was dropped by a prior judge and did lots of monkey business. he stopped working so he wouldn't have an income. Our mutual business earned $15,000 to $ 30,000 per month. My estranged just stopped working. Started getting accounts paid into his girlfriend's account. I had a copy of canceled checks. He started the same type of business in a different name. We presented proof. The judge says "oh it wasn't that much". Then he said that he is only going to go back 3 months and therefore I am not entitled to any support because my estranged had financial and business problems. I have terminal cancer or they call it a chronic cancer and get a guaranteed income from my pension and Social Security and therefore make more money than him and possibly will have to pay his health insurance. That was two months ago. In that time he has made about $16,000. But it has already been set. He made about $10,000 in one week. The judge made up things that were not even presented. It was as if he just made up anything he wanted to say and he assumed. Even with all the proof. There was so much monkey business that my estrang's lawyer ask to be released from the case at the end of the time in front of this judge. The judge did release the lawyer from the case stating that there was a mis -communication between the client and attorney. And that he would report the attorney to the State Bar if it were him. I have shown all the above complaints to my attorney and he said every judge gets these types of complaints. I have just written it off in my mind to just let it all go because I'm already the person the judge does not care for. He just acted like i was after money and my estranged was a little down on his luck. There is more. My estranged put a false restraining order on me and it was dropped by another judge and I had been getting cancer treatment in the hospital and the judge didn't even recognize it and just said he had no authority to give me exclusivity to the family home and that I was doing good so far without being there. I was in the hospital and couch surfing. My estranged was so shocked at how he got off even. He is now so confident in himself that he is not even going to hire a new attorney. He will just play the broke card and getting abused by his attorney. The judge is a ready on his side. My estranged is a person who always wins and writes his own rules. He has gone through 3 lawyers and claims he is broke and can't afford one now. Yet he took all our money and left me while I was fighting for my life in the hospital. He is dragging this out in hopes I die first. There is no justice. He squandered $100,000. The judge likes him. They could be drinking buddy's together. He really makes up stuff as he goes along!!!!!!! Not very professional at all !!!!! Scary!!!!!! Seemed as if we didn't matter because there is now only a house to split. Unless you're a high end person with kids and don't have cancer, you might just matter. He seemed to just see 2 people getting a divorce and woman makes $2,000 and man makes nothing. They have a house that needs to be sold and that is that.


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4294. attorney (private practice)

Regrettably this man has stayed beyond his useful function. He is easily confused and I have watched some attorney take advantage of this by pushing the pace and purposely leading him astray. He attempts to recover but is unable often making poor rulings. Family Law needs a new appointment downtown.


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932. party to case (with attorney)

Talk about clueless, this old man is new to being a gavel banger. I would be shocked if he can last another year with his current performance. I sat through several cases as I waited for mine. I don't know how a mental case like this gets appointed. Oh wait, he got appointed by the governator. I feel for anyone that deal with this pompous old geezer.


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941. party to case (with attorney)

You guys are being too nice, this guy's an idiot! He nearly fell asleep during my hearing and didn't pay attention. He kept bringing up the wrong points and totally f'd up my visitation. Thanks for ruining my relationship with my children.


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985. party to case (with attorney)

I thought there was nobody stupid enough to believe my ex's lies. I was wrong. He got hooked with plastic bait, ate the sinker, and even bit part of the dock. I hope the judicial system figures out he's senile and puts him in a home where his great, great grandchildren can visit him to keep him occupied. Seriously, it came as a complete shock to everyone his decision in my case. The people in the courtroom offered me their condolences as I left, from lawyers to audience members, it was all so surreal. I'll never forget the day I ran into this old bat...


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986. party to case (with attorney)

I thought there was nobody stupid enough to believe my ex's lies. I was wrong. He got hooked with plastic bait, ate the sinker, and even bit part of the dock. I hope the judicial system figures out he's senile and puts him in a home where his great, great grandchildren can visit him to keep him occupied. Seriously, it came as a complete shock to everyone his decision in my case. The people in the courtroom offered me their condolences as I left, from lawyers to audience members, it was all so surreal. I'll never forget the day I ran into this old bat...


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1467. party to case (with attorney)

This guy is not senile. He's just padding his wallet for his retirement. A good nickname for him would be "Captain Kangeroo". I firmly believe the "Captain" takes bribes. This is another way to account for the Kangeroo Court nature of proceedings before him and the ludicrous decisions he makes.


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1468. other

I am the respondent and my husband filed for divorce, left me here with 6 kids and went back to Canada. Judge Willett granted my husband tons of rights and control over my properties, even-though I brought evidence the my husband was involved in fraud and conspiracy to defraud me of one of my buildings. I since filed for recusal which he obviously rejected and filed a motion to strike... and when he saw that I am not giving up by filing a Writ of mandate, he did not show up on my hearing date. That conclude with great results because I was sent to department 2 in front of honorable Gordon, who is a fair and good Judge!!! I had a feeling that Judge Willett might be taking bribes, my husband is a criminal lawyer and all his income in Canada was cash, and I did see them coming out of the bathroom together, however, I am attending second year of law school, I have no proof, and frankly, I don't want to believe that anyone would "sell" 6 children's welfare for money, especially a Judge!!! Judge Willett needs to retire! Let's live it at that.


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1487. other

When is Horrible (instead of honorable) Willett is going to retire or die? Can anyone answer?


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2745. party to case (with attorney)

Fossil fart dusts court room is a bought and paid for tragedy of errors, that he is not even really awake for. But watch how fast he can get back and forth from the snake bar. I feel for anyone who got sold out, and thrown down the river, in what this town calls justice. Make sure you have operating capitol and lots of it, confused old guy my butt


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2977. party to case (with attorney)

Everyone file a complaint against this pathetic excuse. He is horrible and hurting children every day. We need to come together to get rid of him!


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3288. party to case (with attorney)

There's something rotten in the state of Denmark and his name is Willett the Skillet. I couldn't figure out whether he was dumb or corrupt after his initial findings. After reading the above comments -- I'd say corrupt. He dragged my case out for an entire year, crucified my kids, found me "not credible" when it was the other side that was OBVIOUSLY not credible. I hope he chokes to death on all his bribes and soon before he ruins more kids lives!!!


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3363. party to case (with attorney)

I have lost every custody hearing with this Judge. I lost my older son when I tried to enforce the court order. Judge Willet who issued the order said that I could not give my son ultimatums and did not hold the child or the Mother accountable. Next of the 15 family law judges at Stanley Mosk, I got sent to this freakin Judge for my Trial. He found me "not credible" and had made up his mind on how he was going to rule at the very beginning. He has a poker face so that he leads you into thinking that he is being fair. Far from it. This moron did not even apply the law correctly. His bias was so blatant that he awarded 100% of the assets that I had withdrawn (of my own money that I unfortunately comingled) without the finding of fraud under 1101 (g). What a travesty. Now I have to spend more money appealing his decision. Why does someone higher up not see how this clown is ruining families and polarizing children? My lawyer told me that there was no way to get rid of this Judge after he was assigned to rule over my case. Now I see that we had 10 days to ask for a recusal. System right down to my own lawyer is all screwed up. Jeremiah


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3599. party to case (with attorney)

This is the judge presiding over my divorce. I will say that it is so insane, I decided to just be amicable with my estranged spouse. I have just accepted that I will be screwed. he had full of monkey business and he just said oh it didn't matter my jaw dropped. he also made up thing that weren't even part of the case. It was as if he did not read anything. my estranged hid thousands and thousands of dollars. set me up to look like I was the bad one and it was dropped by a prior judge and did lots of monkey business. he stopped working so he wouldn't have an income. Our mutual business earned $15,000 to $ 30,000 per month. My estranged just stopped working. Started getting accounts paid into his girlfriend's account. I had a copy of canceled checks. He started the same type of business in a different name. We presented proof. The judge says "oh it wasn't that much". Then he said that he is only going to go back 3 months and therefore I am not entitled to any support because my estranged had financial and business problems. I have terminal cancer or they call it a chronic cancer and get a guaranteed income from my pension and Social Security and therefore make more money than him and possibly will have to pay his health insurance. That was two months ago. In that time he has made about $16,000. But it has already been set. He made about $10,000 in one week. The judge made up things that were not even presented. It was as if he just made up anything he wanted to say and he assumed. Even with all the proof. There was so much monkey business that my estrang's lawyer ask to be released from the case at the end of the time in front of this judge. The judge did release the lawyer from the case stating that there was a mis -communication between the client and attorney. And that he would report the attorney to the State Bar if it were him. I have shown all the above complaints to my attorney and he said every judge gets these types of complaints. I have just written it off in my mind to just let it all go because I'm already the person the judge does not care for. He just acted like i was after money and my estranged was a little down on his luck. There is more. My estranged put a false restraining order on me and it was dropped by another judge and I had been getting cancer treatment in the hospital and the judge didn't even recognize it and just said he had no authority to give me exclusivity to the family home and that I was doing good so far without being there. I was in the hospital and couch surfing. My estranged was so shocked at how he got off even. He is now so confident in himself that he is not even going to hire a new attorney. He will just play the broke card and getting abused by his attorney. The judge is a ready on his side. My estranged is a person who always wins and writes his own rules. He has gone through 3 lawyers and claims he is broke and can't afford one now. Yet he took all our money and left me while I was fighting for my life in the hospital. He is dragging this out in hopes I die first. There is no justice. He squandered $100,000. The judge likes him. They could be drinking buddy's together. He really makes up stuff as he goes along!!!!!!! Not very professional at all !!!!! Scary!!!!!! Seemed as if we didn't matter because there is now only a house to split. Unless you're a high end person with kids and don't have cancer, you might just matter. He seemed to just see 2 people getting a divorce and woman makes $2,000 and man makes nothing. They have a house that needs to be sold and that is that.


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3653. witness

This judge seems to be the worst judge ever. Why is it that our system that we have in place to actually protects us all and make us civil, scew us!!! we need to change things everyday so that we are represented fairly in any which way. If you are wrong, you are wrong if you are right you are right. So i feel that this judge needs to be sued for his mistakes and kicked out of the bench simply because he was appointed by a governor. We need to hold everyone accountable!!! everyone!!! We need to honestly earn our positions! and be examine on a yearly basis before we can honestly give anyone a permanent spot. System get rid of this judge!!!


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4721. party to case (with attorney)

Robert Willett is terrible. Has no right being a judge. Willett has sanctioned me several times along with awarding attorney costs to the other party. I am trying to get him investigated as he is on the take, CLEARLY. Not to mention he has absolutely no knowledge of family law. Good news is he is retiring soon. I feel sorry for him as karma will haunt him and he will have a horrific afterlife.


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4517. party to case (pro se)

Do not represent yourself in front of this judge. He makes way too many errors and bad decisions for a Pro Per to be effective. Only a good attorney could hold him in line. I know Family Law is liars court but I didn't expect the judge to bold face lie. He made a decision based on the belief the issue had already been decided. I showed him the minute order that made no mention of it. He then insisted the court clerk "just missed it". I then produced the transcript and pointed out it was NOT motioned, NOT in the transcript and NOT ruled on and he was mistaken. He BLEW a gasket! He started raising his voice and telling me he KNEW what he did and IT IS IN HIS NOTES. Notes covering something that was never even discussed at hearing? Wow......


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5049. party to case (pro se)

I thought he was fairly reasonable up until this last year (2015). I don't think he liked being on the bench the last time I saw him and although he hadn't read my document that particluar day, he did after I asked him if he had read it and he made the right call on things too. I really don't like seeing what others have written on here about Judge Willett. The prior judge on that bench was the worst I've ever seen.


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