Hon. Jamoa Athena Moberly See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.9 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Jamoa Athena Moberly


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10804
Absolutely terrible. Unpredictable. Inability to understand complex issues.


Comment #: CA10566
This judge has complete disdain for unrepresented parties. Moberly simply ignores the obvious, the law, criminal acts/conduct, and doesn't even take the time to review evidence. This stain upon the judiciary makes biased and completely irrational decisions based upon the backroom connection she has with representation legal counsel, including giving special preference to former Pro Tem Judges who served in this same Orange county probate court. If we had anything even resembling oversight and actual investigations being conducted from the California commission on judicial performance; Moberly would have been removed from the bench long ago. [redacted by Ed.]

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9616
Never reads the file before taking the bench, lazy and not prepared. Always 30 minutes later. Is not qualified to be sitting as a probate judge.


Comment #: CA6896
I agree wholeheartedly with the critical comment below after experiencing this judges court room first hand.

"completely illogical, and she doesn't bother letting the facts or the law get in the way of her decisions. Avoid her at all costs"

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4973
Overall, she is above average. She is not the best judge on the bench, but she is far from the worst. You could end up with far worse.

I have had many civil cases before her, and three motions for summary judgment -- no trials, however. I do not 170.6 her when I draw her on a new case.

She has handled some very complex legal issues, and I generally feel that her rulings were fair. On one MSJ, her tentative was against me, but she listened to my argument and changed the tentative. It was a complex and novel issue. I was impressed (and thankful) that she was open to reconsidering her initial decision.

Her temperament is pretty good compared to other judges, but most judges are terrible. I have seen her be pretty harsh, but that has been pretty rare.


Comment #: CA4813
She is completely illogical, and she doesn't bother letting the facts or the law get in the way of her decision. Avoid her at all costs. It's hard to believe that, with her record of reversals, no one else has weighed in on rating her before this.