Hon. Robert James Moss See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.2 - 8 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. Robert James Moss


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6515
Judge Moss is a brilliant and dedicated judge. He thoroughly considers every motion, no matter the case subject matter or complexity of the issues. He represents all that a judge should be.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5633
Judge Moss is certainly not the sharpest tool in the drawer and he is plagued by an awful research attorney who is even worse. A nice enough guy but you'd fire him if he worked for you as a law clerk.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4159
This judge is neither brilliant nor brave, but his judicial demeanor is peerless.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2967
He feels he need not bother complying with established law and procedure because he knows best what the outcome should be -- so he just jumps to it without the delay of due process. He is biased against certain categories of litigants and sometimes does not seem to have read the briefs submitted to him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2184
Judge Moss appears to be even-handed until you are before him with a sympathetic plaintiff's case. Then he seems to rule almost exclusively for the plaintiff over the objections of the defense. It may be that he sees a lot of defense PI defense verdicts and is trying to level the field himself. He has a nice temperament but needs to be a little more unbiased.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2160
Had a 3 day non-jury trial in 2011. The judge was attentive and fair throughout the trial. When annoyed he will let you know; but all in all he was patient. I was very disappointed when I won the case and he refused to apply the Loadstar analysis to attorneys fees. He instead said he "felt the matter was worth about $X" and admitted on the record he did not review the invoices submitted to substantiate fees.


Comment #: CA1897
Rating:Not Rated
I found the judge to be bored with having to deal with an appeal of a small claims matter that I won. He was not really interested enough to ask relevant questions as was the small claims commissioner who was much more thorough.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1119
Very knowledgable and is polite to attorneys.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1110
Has a great demeanor with even the most ignorant attorneys. Seems to lean to the defense (he's a Gray Davis appointee). Calendar is very backed up. Note that his department does not reserve hearing dates - you just pick your Friday at 10:00 a.m. and serve and file the papers. But then you'll get a call from your attorney service as they're standing there in the court room being told that the date you've chosen is no good. Why they couldn't indicate that over the phone before I filed and served is beyond me, so that's a pain. Doesn't hold FSC's, which is a little weird. Willing to hold settlement conferences on furlough days and Friday afternoons off site.