Hon. Frank Roesch See Rating Details
Superior Court
Alameda County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.8 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 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. Frank Roesch



Comment #: CA12095
The worst of the worst. I am a retired CPA and have testified in court as an expert witness on many civil and family law case. The Dishonorable Frank Roesch is the worst judge I have ever had the displeasure of testifying before; a real joke of a man.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12082
His temperament is utterly unsuitable for a judge, commissioner or otherwise. Perennially angry, to the point where observers feel concerned for his general well-being.

A petty tyrant who will rule absolutely and at his personal whim. He searches the case desperately for something to be angry about and then proceeds to beat on all sides for causing him such great inconvenience.

Seems to hate attorneys. Although he appeared more well disposed to pro se litigants, the man has so much anger that he cannot be counted on to follow the law.

Avoid this judge at all costs. Since he's a commissioner, he's easy enough to avoid by merely not stipulating to his court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11872
A petty dictator, did not do his homework, ruled "from the hip" and should not be in a position of power. A miserable judge, avoid at all costs!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11850
Didn't do the research necessary to handle a Motion; obviously biased and unpleasant. A judge to avoid.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11623
Roesch (not "Honorable") ruled that a piece of personal property, given by the plaintiff to the defendant to sell to satisfy a loan the plaintiff owed to a third party (all signed and properly executed docs were presented) was stolen. The Fremont Police were involved and agreed that this was a civil matter...not criminal. Frank, take your head out of your tail end and take time understand the transaction and issues. This matter is now being adjudicated in another civil matter; not before Roesch.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11620
One of the Alameda County judges to avoid.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11373
Competent. Can be caustic from the bench. It is perceived this court is over-worked and that is reflected in the time this Judge has to become familiar with issues. There seemed to be little absorption of the law / codes cited in briefs. He seemed non-biased.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10922
I have to agree with the "petty dictator" comment. I worked with him when he was a probate referee, but two months on the bench and all of a sudden he is God and attorneys are mere worms. Eventually, he's going to mouth off once too often and somebody is going to bitch slap him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9823
It's funny how, when some people get appointed to the bench, they suddenly become petty dictators.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8725
Even though with my case, the judgement didn't go in my favor and he didn't take what I had put as an estimate as the specified sum certain (specific dollar amount) as he had the discretion to liberally construe the pleading (as I represented myself and that I am not an attorney), I still believe and feel that he was fair and could smell deceit and when a person displays a more Machiavellian style. That means he is a very good judge since he can read people and can tell when they're being honest or not


Comment #: CA8724
I had to file suit against my ex, who I put through law school. Judge Roesch was professional and fair. I think that of all the judges I have had the displeasure of meeting (total of 5), Judge Roesch is one of the good ones and shouldn't be at such a low rating . If the judgement didn't go the way you had hoped, maybe it isn't the judges fault

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1381
I had to give this Judge a "10" on involvement in settlement discussions, because he actually advised the defendant to reject the settlement worked out with the Plaintiff, and ordered a settlement under much worse terms. Of course, when the defendant breached the settlement, he refused to enforce the settlement. So completely pro-defendant, its a wonder anyone ever pays their bills in Alameda County.