Hon. Thomas M. Goethals See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.1 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Thomas M. Goethals



Comment #: CA2606
This is NOT a judge! No brains, no common sense or even pretense of one. He hates anyone accused of anything and will convict before he even hears the evidence. Self conceited beyond belief and condescending and disrespectful. Won't give anyone the time of day!! CU-CKOO!!
How do these people become judges?? What's wrong with our system? why don't we have decent people running out there? They get elected and re-elected because no one runs against them!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1704
He is a very biased judge who court room behavior borderlines Mis conduct.


Comment #: CA1333
This Judge must have rated himself. I find him to be very sarcastic and unfair to African Americans. He demonstrats an extreme conservative and tea party attitude. No justice will be done according to the actual law in this court room.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA132
You can't B.S. him - he will read right through you and your witness and your client. But he will hear you out and if your argument has merit then you have his ear. I find him to be fair.