Hon. Kim Garlin Dunning See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.5 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Kim Garlin Dunning



Comment #: CA7512
Rating:Not Rated
She lies among the judicial cancer, pro per antagonist, that has become so common in the court system today. In her courtroom, only those represented by lawyers can expect the courtesy of procedural due process. For everyone else, go ahead and appeal, she doesn't care. She knows few will actually follow through, and she can't be fired, even for making a deliberate "error".

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7321
Singularly one of the worst trial judges I have appeared before in over 30 years of practice, in multiple states and including federal court in several states. Refuses to discuss evidentiary rulings in a bench trial, despite the fact that she seems to be unfamiliar with the Evidence Code. Completely lacking in judicial temperament and was verbally abusive and openly hostile to me. Clearly plays favorites to the point of refusing to follow the law and puts her refusal on the record and tells you how it will be done in her courtroom notwithstanding things like the Code of Civil Procedure. She refuses to check citations. Unless you are a local lawyer, do not even think twice, never take her. In a nutshell, she is no more qualified to be on the bench than I am to perform a heart transplant

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6619
Rating:Not Rated
Really good judge. Listens to all facts, for as long as necessary, and then rules. Very fair-minded. Reads all papers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4816
She is brilliant.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA129
I had her as a DDA on at least one case and I find her to be much more evenhanded as a judge, as she should be.