Hon. James L. Waltz See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.9 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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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What others have said about Hon. James L. Waltz


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Other

Comment #: CA5613
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Hates Women. Gave 50% custody to a man with a known record of many arrest records. Made me pay my ex husband 80k even though I could barely make rent..I worked two jobs, he told me to get a third, or work more overtime. Now my daughters want nothing to do with their father and I still have two years to pay on a loan from my retirement...I am not sure how this man sleeps!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5562
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Watched Judge waltz on several occasions demean & humiliate mother's in his courtroom whether they were working full-time & receiving no child support or on welfare. HATES women, hands over rights to "father's" just for emitting sperm.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5084
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I've tried several matter before Judge Waltz and was impressed by his sense of fairness and his willingness to listen. He is one of the better judges I have been in front of in Orange County.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4856
Rating:2.7
Comments:
He is one of the worst judges ever. He is not trustworthy. He is very unpredictable. He seems to pre-judge most cases by the appearance, wealth, or religious preferences of the litigants. He exhibits anger and rage towards litigants. He is pompous and insecure. Avoid him at all cost.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4809
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This judge is definitely among the most corrupt judges in the OC. Everyone knows that he wound up in Criminal Court because he got thrown off the Family Court bench. (He doesn't belong on the Criminal Court bench either.) He's making $185,000 per year to harm the innocent and protect the guilty. It's time for his retirement.

Other

Comment #: CA4751
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is biased. He does not truly seek out the truth, but forms opinions before hearing the evidence. My children have suffered greatly as a result of this man's poor judgement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4446
Rating:8.1
Comments:
I had a few cases with this Judge at Lamoreaux Courthouse. He is extremely flexible and easy to deal with, and will accommodate counsel at every turn if it helps get the case resolved. I have seen him stay in his courtroom for lunch to hash out issues with counsel in order to get problems solved. He is not the judge described below.

Other

Comment #: CA4424
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge held a "mock trial" on October 2, 2013 in courtroom H-6 at approximately 2:00pm. This trial is still in recess, according to Judge James Waltz, yet if you simply pull up the case summary, it tells a very different story. The case number is NBR35828 This judge is in dishonor...big time.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4311
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Threatening, abusive and obnoxious are the best three words to describe this judge. Judge Waltz is just rude and obnoxious to parties in his courtroom. I would not trust this man with my dog. He appears to be very biased against people, and often speaks in a very demeaning and insulting tone to people who are testifying in his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4255
Rating:3.0
Comments:
One of the most crooked judges in Orange County in recent history. He is very biased against women who have been abused and individuals he perceives as being very successful and wealthy. Numerous judicial performance complaints and investigations into this judge. A man of very low integrity and not worthy of being called a judge.