Hon. David C. Mathias See Rating Details
Superior Court
Tulare County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.8 - 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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What others have said about Hon. David C. Mathias


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA47464
Judge Matthias is a very good judge, he is very patient and makes you feel welcomed in his court. He seeks justice and peace between the parties. He is very intelligent and knows how to read people. This judge is a good and fair judge. My only complaint is that he would grant TRO with no evidence whatsoever and then the hearings would always be continued. But he's always able to listen both sides.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA14963
Absolutely terrible. Literally mocking witnesses and the parties. Made it clear before hearing any evidence he has made up his mind.

Also, be sure to mediate because if you decline, he will make a fool of you in court for enforcing your rights because it infringes on his time.

Seems like he doesn’t care for safety of parties either. If you ever have a case in front of him, consider a .6. Terrible.


Comment #: CA4314
Replaced Judge Shirk after two years of testimony, then handed down a decision that was full of errors, both in law and in basic math. Also neglected to read the complete file and missed volumes of info. When I filed a motion for reconsideration, he assigned me a court date that was past the 30 days, then stated, correctly, that he had no jurisdiction. Then he told me he would give me an additional 30 days to prove that he should hear my motion before making a judgement. In doing so, because of my ignorance, he caused me to miss the additional 30-day deadline to file an appeal. He handed down a decision full of errors, then manipulated the system so that I couldn't appeal.