Hon. Butch Gunnels See Rating Details
Justice of the Peace Court
Apache County
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St. Johns

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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Butch Gunnels



Comment #: AZ2437
~If I could rate him with a zero I would. Gunnels allows Brady violations in his courtroom by Prosecutor Beus. Refuses to allow witnesses to speak their statements by cutting them off and humiliating them in the courtroom if he doesn't like what they have to say about the courts mishandling of cases. He snaps at people for no reason, telling them "it's not my fault" or "there's nothing I can do" and refuses to look at physical evidence that can prove the innocence of defendants. His attitude is unacceptable. He's a bully, and downright unprofessional. Why is he still allowed to be in his position when he continues to do illegal things in the courtroom, take advantage of low income individuals and abuse witnesses???

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ2385
In a restraining order case where gunnels said the plaintiff lied, yet he still issued the restraining order against defendant Billy jack wittern. Plaintiff also said that Billy's wife jumped on the hood of plaintiffs moving car with a shot gun threatening the plaintiff. I bet Michael Jordan could not preform that stunt. The case was already decided before the defendants stepped one foot into the courtroom. Seemed very much like judge gunnels issued plaintiffs restraining orders to harass the defendants because plaintiffs knew exactly how many steps to defendants property, defendants had no clue to how many steps to plaintiffs properties. Funny how 2different neighbors issue restraining orders on one couple. This is a class case of gang stalking,with judge gunnels and the Apache sheriff department at fault.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1978
Unethical conduct, lacks integrity, biased, prejudiced, fails to recuse himself, vacate cases he is conflicted with, lies a lot, uses foul language, dirty underhanded tricks, tactics, strategies to intimmidate plaintiffs, has his clerks and staff do likewise to get the outcome in court he wants, not fair, sanctions by Judicial Commission need to send a stronger message to Judge Gunnels and the Public he is suppose to serve; not be self serving with Coverup Of contacts outside the court room with defendants and relatives. Shame on Judge Gunnels. Needs to retire! No faith in Judge Gunnels questionable misconduct! Veritas!


Comment #: AZ1909
Judge Tunnels refused to even let my son in law talk, in the hearing to regain his custody rights, after his ex wife accused him of threatening her and their son. She provided no evidence. Tunnels immediately ordered everyone out and said my son in law was lying, even though he had evidence to defend himself. Gunnels refused to review evidence from psychologists and written records. Just said he would only rule in favor of the woman, no matter what or he would push it to superior court. They chose the latter.