Mary Arand was an outstanding attorney. Everyone had high hopes for her performance on the bench. Those very same supporters have been bitterly disappointed in her performance as a judge. She is openly partial on a personal level. Many of her rulings include legal research in favor of the party she finds sympathetic. Make your briefs emotionally sympathetic, or you will be surprised to find your opposing party has a second attorney in Judge Mary Arand.
If you get a case assigned to Arand, immediately read CCP 170.6. Arand is a bias advocate from the bench. She will go to great efforts to legitimize an incorrect legal position on behalf of the legal counsel she prefers. She launches crusades on behalf of the parties she prefers expending unnecessary time and expense doing so. She is the type of judge that makes you question the entire legal system. Be warned and be afraid.
Absolutely worst judge I have had the misfortune to appear in front of in 25 years of practice. Misunderstands basic civil procedure law and practice and refuses to make any hard decisions on pre-trial motions, in essence forcing a trial because your opposing counsel has been given an inflated view of success on the case. Wish I could give her negative stars.
Mary Arand approved a TRO from the mother accusing me of rape, murdering an unborn baby, breaking spouses bones and a list of criminal behavior that contradicts itself in the TRO request submitted buy the mother with no evidence. Only married for two months and had to pay thousands of dollars in spousal support for 6 months. As soon as I obtained an attorney mother dropped the charges. Mary Arand continued to be biased against me after this because of the accusations and only eventually gave me 3% visitation. Because of Mary Arand's approval of the TRO, I've been treated like a criminal every time I'm in front of another Judge for the same case.