Hon. John L. Flynn III See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 6 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. John L. Flynn III



Comment #: CA12265
Have never seen a Judge like this, COMPLETE abuse of power, degrading, saw him give rights to a PEDOPHILE, and have seen him take rights away from a mother and give them to the lying drug addicted father. Disgusting. IDGAF if he went through a nasty divorce. There is NO EXCUSE for him ABUSING his position as a judge to badger, intimidate, yell at, and take rights away from anyone because he 'wants to leave' or is in a bad mood that day. GFY!!!!!! WORST JUDGE EVER!!! Listen up people, TRY AND GET YOUR CASE HEARD BY A DIFFERENT JUDGE!!!!! I can't believe this guy is allowed to run a court room the way he does. It's despicable and so is he!!!!


Comment #: CA11415
Very poor judge of character. Easily persuaded by the party who puts a better performance. It seems like he makes up your mind about you from the first few minutes which gives the plaintiff the advantage since they get to go first. Let's lawyers run over him. Speaks very quietly and shy. You can barely hear him. The worst !

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11244
He was completely biased towards my husband in our divorce. He even told me that I was a bad mother. He heard very little testimony from me.


Comment #: CA10709
A typical intellectually inferior government worker. This man could never make it in a private practice.


Comment #: CA10604
I had heard that Judge Flynn III had gone through a terrible divorce and was tough on women. This seems to be general information that everyone accepts that knows the way he runs his court. As a layperson I was told this by numerous people when I had told them he was the judge in my case. I don't know if he is aware of his behavior. Of course he might not really care. He takes cases out of order, takes ridiculously long 15 minute breaks (like an hour) and it was apparent to me sitting in his court that he is clearly nicer to men than to women. I'm just amazed he's allowed to run a court room like he does. When my turn came he was demeaning and downright punitive to me without any cause other than what he read had been alleged against me. Neither my lawyer nor I had a chance to talk. I had gone into his court with an open mind and came out feeling like I had been hit by a train and unfortunately survived.


Comment #: CA9560
He is definitely pro prosecution... .very biased.....makes his own rules of law allows anything in court even if the opposing party has not had due process to review the evidence....allows everything he appears to like messy litigation rather than simplifying the court process....can't say he's racist but you can tell he has very little experience getting to know other minority issues....


Comment #: CA8737
Rating:Not Rated
The one court date he was actually present he didn't want to hear the trial and had us reschedule for 2 months later. He has since cancelled on us twice. So a case that has been ready since November is now not being heard until July....if he keeps the date. His delays are costing us a ton of money and headaches. We just want to be heard and move on with our lives. Seems crazy HE keeps cancelling on us and pushing us back 3 months each time. Not loving him at this point. If we ever get heard it will interesting to see how he rules. Family court is horrible!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3890
Strong minded. Makes laws by himself.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3888
Bad judge. Makes laws on the bench. Looks polite and nice, but is actually much nastier than he looks.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA503
Hard to sway him at all. Set on his ideas. Pro-prosecution.


Comment #: CA401
Sat in the courtroom today for most of the day in room C-48. Heard about 10 cases. I admire his patience when hearing what the defendant (or plantiff) has to say. In some cases I felt he was almost too nice. One lady had a 90-day suspension on her CA state bar license and he was making sure she wasn't violating this and acting as a defendant and not an attorney while she was defending a small claims suit against herself. Then she broke down and needed two more weeks to prepare because of stress and "mental illness." He granted it! I feel sorry for any plantiff that has to come back again just to have their case heard.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA123
Had a civil trial with him within the last month. The judge handled the case superbly, even though it was complicated. Very fair and even-handed.