Hon. David L. Belz See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.7 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 2 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)

What others have said about Hon. David L. Belz


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10414
He likes to hear himself talk. He's preachy. He will get it right though usually in the end.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10333

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10168
Failure as a Judge... :-(

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9737
Denies most minor's comps petitions at the first and second hearings due to knit-picky requirements that sometimes result in the minor receiving less money. Does not have a grasp of either the law or the reasonableness standard when awarding fees.


Comment #: CA8999
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Belz in unknowledgeable of the law. I agree with many of the comments from other litigants about how he runs his courtroom. I am a DV victim confirmed by CPS. I had 14 TROs and never a permanent restraining order issued. Instead, Belz lectured me repeatedly about how "this is the consequence of a high conflict divorce." He gave my address to my abuser in court proceedings as a begged him not to. I now have a dead child based in part because of his rulings, placing my child with confirmed abuser. I wonder if he would say the same things to me now....

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8916
likes to hear himself talk, doesn't like to hear cases, makes alright decisions if he lets attorneys/litigants talk & present case, a little over dramatic, but overall makes decent orders. Sad to say that this may be as good as it gets in fam law at OC Court.


Comment #: CA8391
Completely disrupted the status quo with my daughter very first hearing by giving full custody to mom. Poor time management skill and favors and defaults to mom being the primary parent and dad being visitor/check writer.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7285
The Worst of the Worst.

Totally Incompetent, Pissy attitude,
does not follow California law or constitution, not knowledgeable of California law. Reputation of being extremely unfair to women. A 1,000% total nightmare.


Comment #: CA5788
This judge is nice but SO unknowledgable of the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4959
(1) I have seen him raise his voice at three different female attorneys (and disrespect them), but never at any male attorneys.
(2) He is very wishy-washy, and will flip-flop with his rulings.
(3) Your case in his family law courtroom will take an eternity to be finalized -- plan on being in his courtroom day-in and day-out.
(4) He loves to lecture people.
(5) He also loves continuances, as his calendar is always full.

If I were to describe him in one word, it would be "narcissist."