Hon. Pamela Svoboda See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Maricopa County
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Phoenix

Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 10 rating(s)
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* 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. Pamela Svoboda


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Litigant

Comment #: AZ1608
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have had multiple issues brought before Judge Svoboda since she took over Judge Foster's docket. Serious concerns of emotional abuse of my son have been brought to her attention only to be dismissed without so much as a hearing or have gone completely unaddressed. She even miscalculated child support giving the other side credit for costs that I am paying, however due to her lack of attention and failure to follow even the most basic court procedures I will be doing everything I can to stay out of her courtroom until sh rotates off and a new judge is assigned who will actually take my child's best interests into account.

Svoboda does more damage than good.

Other

Comment #: AZ1598
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It is unfortunate the amount of damage, emotionally and physically, Judge Svoboda has rendered to innocent children by her bias, disrespect and disregard for the Rule of Law in family court. Any decisions made by this Judge should be dismissed in their entirety for every family case she has regrettably touched. Bias toward the adversarial side, lack of preparation and ignorance of important issues undermine the purpose of this Court, her station, and the families impacted by her deplorable decisions. She abuses discretion, blatantly ignores factual findings, and if she has any respect for herself, should step down immediately and discontinue abusing this salaried position at the cost of children’s futures.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ1597
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She made a ruling based on no evidence to send mybkid to live w dad in May. My kid is now in the hospital after overdosing because dad took her off her medicine without consulting a dr or me & is lying saying the dr approved it. I have the proof of this. Pamela is garbage.

Other

Comment #: AZ1561
Rating:1.0
Comments:
"Judge" Svoboda is a waste of space in family court. She didn't even look up from her laptop the entire time. My exhusband lied & offered zero evidence of claims he was making & what did she do-split up my kids. We don't even split kids up in foster care.
Now my younger child is sad & crying & having trouble handling the emotions thrust upon by this horrific excuse for a judge. She made this based on zero evidence. I was told I was being confrontational in court. I wasn't. I just couldn't answer a question because i couldn't recall the incident-because it never happened. She is a waste of skin & not helping children w her BS rulings. I could fight this & win-I can't afford it. I loathe her & the sooner she's removed the better off kids will be in family court. She separated siblings who have always been together. That's evil & vile. She is a demon.
"Judge" Pamela needs to be removed immediately.

Other

Comment #: AZ1499
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Svoboda pays no attention to the rule of law. She should be removed from the bench, and the practice of law.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ1496
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Svoboda was inattentive during our trial. She made a court finding as to the city that plaintiff lived in when writing her ruling. Neither party said plaintiff even lived in that city and plaintiff did not in fact live in that city. This judge does not pay attention to details presented and ignores facts. 4 different judges before her heard the plaintiffs same case over many years and made no changes, but Judge Svobodas first time hearing the same case has upended my children's childhood and and educational future for the worse. Almost a decade of status quo out the window because she can't pay attention to the facts presented in the case. The kids have been negatively affected...just ask their counselor.

Other

Comment #: AZ1480
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I first want to start by saying that this is not my first being to court about making a child modification so when Judge Foster left and Judge Pamela was assigned as my new Judge I had a very open mind and disregarded all the negative comments and reviews I had seen. I have now experience first had how unknowledgeable she is a Judge not only does she delays her rulings, she does no previous research on your case she goes by what's in from of her two eyes. Several time it felt like I was the one that had to show her and remind her what is required she has no experience as a judge no common sense looks lost even when she is addressing you, in my case she kept reading what the previously Judge had ruled. I previously had Judge Foster and I cannot tell you how I felt that Judge foster took the time to look at my case and felt his ruling was for the best interest of my kids. Judges like Pamela Svaboda need to seriously be removed or do their job right. My advised to everyone is until Jusge Pamela Svoboda is removed make sure whatever you present to her is all in order because she won't go out of her way to look.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1477
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Pamela Svoboda has no regard for the Arizona Constitution, or it's laws.

Other

Comment #: AZ1440
Rating:3.0
Comments:
As a family clurt judge i have to honestly say she is very vindictive and unfair. Indont say this as a spiteful mean person, she is truly not a fair and unbiased individual. Currently in the process of filing a civil lawsuit against her and maricopa county family court system....and i DO have my children 50/50...so this isnt a vindicitive type of suit...there needs to he a change and it needs to start somewhere.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ1343
Rating:1.0
Comments:
THE ABSOLUTE WORST JUDGE I HAVE EVER COME ACROOSS AND DOES NOT KNOW THE LAW OR HOW TO DO HER JOB

Other

Comment #: AZ1335
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Pamela Svoboda can't seem to put 2 and 2 together when it's presented to her on a platter. She doesn't pay attention to details, ignores facts and makes decisions based on one partys word without investigating whether that person is telling the truth in any way. Thanks to her a child has been left in a neglectful situation even though legitimate concerns were brought to her attention they were laughed off by the other party, their lawyer and then this judge. I hope she's out of family court soon.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ1304
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Judge Svoboda is new to family court. She does not understand family court procedure, nor does it seem like she has taken the time to learn. Her rulings contradict each other and she can't keep the litigants straight in her orders. Orders are incomplete and she has let multiple motions go unaddressed. Our Parenting Coordinator has submitted multiple reports that Judge Svoboda has never signed or reviewed and she has missed many deadlines.

During our hearing Judge Svoboda was not even clear on what the issues were that were being heard and had zero control of the courtroom. Judge Svoboda is doing a disservice to AZ families and children.