Hon. James Petrucelli See Rating Details
Superior Court
Fresno County
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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 Petrucelli


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA15993
Him and his Mack Truck should retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11472
Stay away, far away.


Comment #: CA7662
I am the victim of Judge James Petrucelli arrogance and pompous attitude. While driving home I had two neighbors each pull out of their holsters large frame revolvers and point them at me. Both were taken into custody and charged with "Brandishing a replica Firearm" as both revolvers turned out to be pellet guns. This is a misdemeanor charge. Judge Petrucelli reduced the charge to "Disturbing the Peace" with a $100 fine. This is an infraction. The Judge was concerned that the jury would be to harsh on the defendant. The defendant agreed to the deal in part, he would only accept the deal if the fine was one dollar. We returned back to court to tell the Judge that the deal was accepted and to make it official. Judge Petrucelli then stepped to the bench and proceeded to pontificate on how the defendant and myself need to be better citizens and to accept the miss deeds of the other. This defendant has been a royal pain to the entire neighborhood and there is currently a civil matter between the defendant of this case and 13 members of the of the neighborhood as plaintiffs . For this Judge to shoot from the hip and to spout off as he did from the bench is the epitome of arrogance and miss use of the of law. The fact is that all he has done with this ruling is to reinforce in the defendant's mind that he is right. Judge Petrucelli never once asked my feelings as the victim in this matter. It was obvious to me that Judge Petrucelli cared nothing for justice, victim's rights, or for protecting the public.


Comment #: CA7397
I had submitted a letter to have Mr. Petrucelli to recuse himself from the case in 2000, because he had been employed with Ms Solely, he bluntly refused because of his aregence and continued to favor in Ms. Solely's side of the case. Worst judge on this side of the Mississipi.


Comment #: CA5602
Rushed through proceedings without really knowing facts of the case. Condescending, biased and should not be a judge. The court system in Fresno is terrible in general, but Petrucelli is the worst of the bunch.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3381
Rating:Not Rated
In the past as a deputy Sheriff he liked women alot. So probably not the law or anything, but if one did a study,
I bet women 70% men 30%.


Comment #: CA1325
Petrucelli heard my case in family court. He went off of only what my ex-wife said, and DID NOT follow the law. I looked into him, and he was already in trouble for not following the law. He was in trouble for "JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT." I wish i could do more to spread the word that he is a terrible judge. It made me feel horrible that someone like him determines the fate of so many people, and breaks up families like mine.


Comment #: CA1319
Terrible judge, should have lost election. I have known him for many years. Hes the ultimate crook!