Can you help me get Steff Padilla off my case?
I can’t help too much, as I am not an attorney.
If she made no substantive ruling, think about CCP 170.6 (you get one get out of jail free card) or CCP 170.1, disqualification for cause. (CCP = Civil Code of Procedure. Google it.)
Someone should start a campaign to CCP 170.6 Steff Padilla and Alan Friedenthal every time they are appointed on a case. Unfortunately, people usually go into court with no experience and we are all taught to believe our judges are fair and decent people.
CCP 170.1 motions are routinely denied, but, if you get a lucky break and find enough evidence to support your claim down the road, and the judge is found to be biased on your case, you are supposed to get a motion to vacate all orders sustained. Unfortunately again, what is supposed to happen and what actually happens are two different things in LASC.
Also, an avalanche of letters to the CJP might help return justice to our courts. Download their complaint form at http://www.cjp.ca.gov.