Hon. Linda S. Marks See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange 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)

What others have said about Hon. Linda S. Marks


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8435
This judge must be in competition for worst superior court judge. The anger and condescension aimed at the attorneys is second to none. What makes matters worse is she will not take the time to learn. Further, her knowledge of the law is poor and she seems not to have a clue what the ramifications of some of her rulings. Lastly, she shows no inclination of improving in any way. Definitely stay away if you can.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6661
Worst judge in California. She has a close relationship with Farmers insurance lawyers. She never rules against them on anything. She hates people who are not insurance defense lawyers. Very hateful and condescending.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5147
Nasty temperament and slow on the uptake. Conceited, wants counsel to be extremely deferential to her at all times. A complete boor. Has ugly nasty clerk and courtroom assistant as well.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4972
I have had many cases with Judge Marks. She can be brutal to attorneys if you do anything, however slight, to get on her bad side.

She has a clerk who does all of the reading and research on law and motion matters. He sits pro tem for her when she is out. He has a high opinion of himself.

I do not agree with all of the rulings that I get from this judge, but the majority of the time her rulings at least make some sense (which is more than can be said for many of her colleagues). Sometimes she gets it right. I don't think that I've ever gotten something out of left field from her. I've definitely had some issues go against me that I think I should have won.

Overall, she is middle-of-the-road. She has a poor judicial temperament, but is adequately intelligent, with no overt bias. You can do better, but you can also do much worse. I would not paper her, because you will probably end up with someone worse.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1840
I generally like Orange County Central Justice Center but this judge is an exception. She and her clerk are ignorant nasty time wasters. You can find yourself going around and around and around with them; nothing gets done but you get a lot of attitude.