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To access your Judge in a Flash, you have to login. Your username is either your State Bar number, or your LACBA Customer ID number.
You will also have to enter a password. JIF requires Adobe Flash Player 10.1.18 or above.


JUDGE in a FLASH - FAQs

What does Judge in a Flash do?

Why should I use Judge in a Flash?

What judges are included?

How does JIF differ from SCR?

What information is available about judicial officers?

What judges are not included?

What courts does it cover?

What time period does it cover?

What is on the flash drive?

Can I get copies of identified pleadings online?

Is telephone support available?

Does JIF run on a Macintosh computer?

What is the hardware/software requirement to use the Judge in a Flash (JIF)?

I plugged the JIF flash drive into the USB port on my computer and it comes up with these options. What should I do to open JIF?

Judge in a Flash program started but I am getting this error: Judge in a Flash requires a connection to the internet ...


I clicked on the LASC Case Summary link and my browser took me to the LA Superior court Case Summary search page.


What does Judge in a Flash do?
Simply insert your Judge in a Flash (JIF) flash drive into a computer with a USB port and an Internet connection. Within seconds, you can access four unique features to analyze a judge:

  1. Enter a single judge name and get a statistical chart on selected case activity since 1997.
  2. Enter up to three judge names, and get that statistical chart comparing all three judges.
  3. Click on any of the 21 searches in a judge's chart, and instantly the most recent five cases for that category display - including the attorneys and parties that recently appeared in front of that judge for that category.
  4. Click on any of those five most recent cases, and immediately jump to the LA Superior Court's Web site display of that particular Case Summary, showing all attorneys and parties involved, documents filed, and proceedings held in that case according to Court records.


Why should I use Judge in a Flash?
The practical use case scenarios for Searchable Civil Register reveal the explicit, analytical capability that SCR delivers to you for more insightful case management.

This is exactly where Judge in a Flash (JIF) focuses its distinctive search and analyze strength.

JIF displays the analytic functions of SCR in a fast and palatable presentation. By rendering the statistical analyses in graphic charts, JIF complements and extends your use of SCR with a more precise tool. By delivering a judge's propensities quickly, JIF empowers you to develop strategies for the best ways to handle a case as well as how to make sound business decisions, even in terms of a cost-benefit analysis.

You can now obtain incisive views from behind the bench that enable you to evaluate the courtroom situation as a means to make critical decisions about your clients' cases. With this informed insight you gain more business acumen. You can determine the wise investment of your client's money for a maximized gain or minimized loss.

While planning the cleverest use of your time early on in the discovery process, you can consider the critical points and the best options to take depending on the various courtroom situations as they unfold from one step to the next.

The insight needed for pre-planning your next courtroom move depends on your knowing certain tendencies judges exercise in different scenarios, such as how many:

  • Peremptory challenges (Section 170.6—Affidavit of Prejudice) were filed against a judge in any given year (identify possible "difficult" judges to avoid or investigate).
  • Demurrers were granted or denied (and with or without leave to amend).
  • Motions for summary judgment granted versus denied (does this judge tend to grant them?).
  • Days spent in trial (does the judge try cases or dispose of them by other means?).
  • SLAPP motions granted or denied.
  • Motions to compel granted or denied (should you invest the time for a motion?).
  • Continuances granted or denied.
  • Attorney fees awarded or sanctioned.
  • Injunctions granted or denied.
  • Motions for new trials granted or denied.
  • Class actions certified or denied.
  • Arbitration awards vacated.
  • New trials granted.
  • Judgment notwithstanding the verdict.
  • Motion for Contempt granted or denied.
  • And more.

Look inside JIF—The easy-to-navigate, graphical screens.

What judges are included?
The JIF database includes information on general and limited jurisdiction civil case judges. Judges, who have left the bench for whatever reason, remain in the database as a reference for the convenience of users who seek information on an individual case or want to compare judges.

How does JIF differ from SCR?
JIF is a narrow, fixed slice of the much larger database that creates the SCR. The SCR is searchable by detailed custom searches, while JIF is not.

Unlike the Searchable Civil Register, JIF's searches focus on presenting statistical information on how judges manage cases. JIF presents this number crunching information in clear graphical charts that you can grasp immediately. JIF uses the enormous data in SCR to handle one specific job: delivery of clear statistics on how judges handle cases in the courtroom.

On the other hand, SCR enables you to search for cases by any reference point, by any criteria. It enables you to search for cases, parties, motions, rulings, or causes of actions, etc. The search results in SCR also provide you with customized statistical information on judges. More than this, it delivers numbers as well as textual information on many other aspects of cases, but it does not present this information in graphical charts of the calculated statistics. SCR takes you all the way to view case summaries with links to the actual cases on the LA Superior Court's Web site.

Both products, JIF and SCR, complement each other to provide you with a wealth of information, both broad and deep. JIF provides fast, portable, graphic snapshots of judicial activity, while the SCR provides refined, detailed search results tailored to your exact interest and time frame. It fills out the JIF judicial searches tremendously, while allowing you to search other targets unavailable in JIF

Using both products in combination sets you on a fast track to gain sharp insight to plan winning courtroom strategies. It is the competitive edge you need at court.

What information is available about judicial officers?
The JIF database will collect data on 21 searches for each of the judges listed. That entire database is updated at least weekly throughout the year.

The 21 searches compile statistics for each judge on the number of:
Affidavits of Prejudice filed;
Demurrers sustained with or without leave to amend;
Motions for summary judgment granted or denied;
Days spent in trial;
Attorneys' fees awarded;
Injunctions granted or denied;
Motions for new trials granted or denied;
Class actions certified;
Arbitration awards vacated;
Continuances granted or denied;
And many other criteria.

The results for each of the searches will include a list of the most recent 5 cases where the searches occurred.

What judges are not included?
Judges for these types of cases are not included: criminal, probate, and family law.

What courts does it cover?
The Register includes information from all Superior Court districts in Los Angeles County.

What time period does it cover?
It covers the period from January 1, 1997 to the present.

What is on the flash drive?
Additional storage for you. JIF is loaded onto a 512Mb flash drive, while the program is about 30Mb. This leaves you with a remaining 480Mb on the flash drive for whatever you would like to store.
It is a quality Lexar USB flash drive that can be used for any data storage.

Can I get copies of identified pleadings online?
Copies of pleadings can usually be purchased directly from the Superior Court. Contact them at OnlineServices@lasuperiorcourt.org to set up your account.

Is telephone support available?
Telephone Support is available during business hours (8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday) at 213-896-6560.

Does JIF run on a Macintosh computer?
Yes. When you plug in the Flash drive, it will display a white USB drive icon entitled, JIF2012.

To start the application:


  1. Double click on the JIF2012 USB drive icon.
  2. Double click on JudgeInAFlashMac2012.
  3. You will see JIF open in your browser and run.

What is the hardware/software requirement to use the Judge in a Flash (JIF)?

  • Internet Connection
  • Adobe Flash Player version 9 or higher
  • Windows XP or Macintosh OSX with working USB port/driver
  • Internet Explorer or Firefox browser

I plugged the JIF flash drive into the USB port on my computer and it comes up with these options. What should I do to open JIF?


Due to some security settings on your computer, JIF mostly likely will not open automatically. Click once on "Start Judge in a Flash 2012" to have it selected. Click OK and the program will start.

Judge in a Flash program started but I am getting this error:


Judge in a Flash requires a connection to the Internet. Please establish a connection to the Internet and restart the prog.

I clicked on the LASC Case Summary link and my browser took me to the LA Superior court Case Summary search page.

If you are getting the search page, that means you need to configure your Web browser to access information from the LA Superior court Web site.

For Microsoft Internet Explorer Setting.

  • Double click on the Privacy Report icon at the bottom of the page.
  • Right click on one of the link: http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org
  • Click on Always Accept cookies from this site.
  • Click Close. Done.

For Firefox

a. Click on the main Firefox menu heading in bold (far left)
b. Click on Preferences
c. Click on Privacy
d. If "Accept Cookies from Sites" is checked, there should be no problem. If "Accept Cookies from Sites" is not checked, Click on "Exceptions"
e. Type in http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org
f. Click on Allow and close dialogue box
g. Done.

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