Hon. Joe "Pep" Guzman See Rating Details
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Justice of the Peace Court
Maricopa County
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Agua Fria

Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 rating(s)
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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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Litigant

Comment #: AZ1614
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
As others have stated it is very unfortunate there is no value lower than 1.0 that can be awarded in these reviews. Pep Guzman is a joke. He is abusive, impatient, short-tempered, and seems to make up rules on the fly on why certain evidence cannot be presented. It is insulting that the pubic should be "judged" by an individual who himself has been convicted of a crime. The charge was Criminal Damage to a vehicle and he was reportedly forced to attend anger management therapy (see Arizona Republic article, page 66, dated July 1, 1998). Oh, let me be clear, Pep did not have the "stones" to actually admit his crime, he used an old lawyers' trick and pleaded "no contest" (nolo contendere), "where a defendant in a criminal prosecution accepts conviction as though a guilty plea had been entered but does not admit guilt." That's right "does not admit guilt." THIS is the "man" who hides behind his black robe, apparent pillar of his community. Worst legal experience of my life. He also completely favors litigants who are reprented by counsel. There were numerous times I found out later I could have and should have objected to items presented as evidence, and hearsay testimony, but he just sits there, quiet as a little mouse. Good luck when you enter his zoo. There is a Superior Court Review board and I am submitting the recording from my case for their review. His conduct is an embarrassment to the law profession. he should resign.

Other

Comment #: AZ1399
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge uses his authority and position to intimidate you instead of being nonjudgmental and fair in accordance with the law. He is very manipulative and lies.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1376
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I've seen three judges for my own infractions he was one I've seen other judges take time and be more understanding but with this judge it doesn't matter what you do or say he does not care, he is that person that is always right even if he's wrong one of the worst experiences I've even part of

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ984
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very bias Justice. Pro HOA.

Other

Comment #: AZ723
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Guzman is rude and makes you feel like you are beneath his status. He isn't fair (in my experience), he wouldn't let me plead my case and yelled at me when I (the defendant) tried to explain some of what the plaintiff was unsuccessfully trying to tell him. The plaintiff was ccompletely confused and I actually felt sorry for her for a split second. My children, who we're harassed by plaintiff, could not believe someone in his position could act and treat people the way he did. I know I sound bias and in my defense I am planning to visit other judge's court proceedings to find out if this is the normal behavior for judges. I keep hearing people say he treats me badly because of my last name and an old feud he has with a family member of his generation.