Hon. Matthew J. Gary See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Sacramento County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.1 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 12 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. Matthew J. Gary


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5871
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A friend of mine tried a case in front of a Judge who might be this one. He had a stroke and was required to continue.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4835
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I have been told that Judge Matthew Gary will be moved to probate court.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4819
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Despite my reading of the previous judge's order to him, and reciting the law regarding how title to real property is held, Judge Gary denied my motion -- with, of course, no explanation. On another case, he was researching case law while sitting on the bench! He doesn't know the law, and has no idea what it is that he is doing.

Other

Comment #: CA4753
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I rate Judge Matthew Gary as being horrible. He is biased, egotistical, and very discriminatory against women. His powers of judgment are very poor.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4285
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Awful judge. Way too conceited. Short man's complex in every sense of the word.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4116
Rating:8.1
Comments:
He is a straightforward judge. I am a family law attorney, and had a case with him. The other party was unrepresented, and he leaned more towards her testimony. I wouldn't say he is a bad judge. It is just that you don't know what to expect with him. I like that he doesn't let litigants ramble over and over about the same issues. He gets to the point.

Litigant

Comment #: CA3885
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Gary didn't even remember my divorce by default hearing, and rather than take the time to look back at the records (which were right in front of him) he set aside the whole case (which in the end had the exact same outcome) and cost me $12,000 in attorney fees and countless more hours of paperwork and turmoil to re-divorce my ex-husband. He also disregarded another judge's restraining order against my ex-husband, protecting me and our young son, and allowed my ex-husband unsupervised visitation with my son, even though he has a proven record of drug abuse and physical violence.

Other

Comment #: CA3661
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge does not fully read what is submitted and before him; imposes ridiculous wage orders that put father in poor house while granting mother income well above her standard of living during marriage. If it's nearing noon, he rushes to judgment so he can go to lunch. Very biased and has horrible temper.

Litigant

Comment #: CA3436
Rating:Not Rated
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I have observed Judge Gary in court a number of times while acting as a court watcher. As other posts here have noted, it is clear that the judge has a bias against unrepresented litigants. I once watched him give step-by-step ex parte instructions to a new attorney and have his clerk print out the correct forms to give to the attorney. That would never happen with a pro per litigant, who Gary's treats as second class citizens. A good online source of information and documents about Judge Gary's conduct is Sacramento Family Court News. Some of the records posted there may be useful to those seeking to disqualify the judge. All SFCN Gary posts are at this link:
http://sacramentocountyfamilycourtnews.blogspot.com/search/label/MATTHEW%20J.%20GARY

Litigant

Comment #: CA3411
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This guy is horrible and should be stripped of his Judaical responsibilities. He is unfair to litigants acting in Pro Per.. He is a mockery to the Judaical system of Ca.

Litigant

Comment #: CA3243
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The less then honorable Judge Gary is more interested in lecturing his opinions than ruling by law and trying to maintain the farce he rules by law. For the sake of any fathers out there who are assigned to his court room, be aware you will NOT receive a fair trial. He is anti-father and rules for the mother despite the evidence presented even when the facts show clear harm to the child. On both occasions when I was in his court room he seemed more interested in getting to his lunch break then performing the job duties he has been entrusted with by the law. Any father who is unlucky enough to be assigned to his court room should immediately request Judge Gary recuse himself from the case based on being denied their due process of law based on his lack of ability to even consider the parental rights of the a father

Litigant

Comment #: CA2816
Rating:1.0
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He's not Honorable at all and doesn't deserve the title. Totally BIAS towards women and doesn't care for the fathers who fight to be in their children’s lives.

Litigant

Comment #: CA2808
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Facts don't matter, waste of time submitting paperwork he does not review it and wings it at time of hearing. VERY prejidicial towards men. Complex case and you get 15 minutes to present your position with no review! Avoid this judge if possible. Condesending, disrespectful if you are Pro-Per. If you have paste agreements, he totally disegards. Not once asked what best interest of child was.

Prosecutor

Comment #: CA2717
Rating:2.1
Comments:
A real weirdo. Stringy piece of shoe leather and not a nice person. Hooking up with his clerk on the daily.

Other

Comment #: CA2714
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is very dangerous. He placed children with an abusive father and placed mom in contempt because she asked..."how could you?"

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2584
Rating:4.4
Comments:
Generally wants to criticize and lecture from the bench rather than making decisions on the issues placed before him and the facts present.

Last time I was there, he lectured two attorneys, saying he was only allowed to give them 15 minutes of time. Thing is, he lectured them for over half an hour! This was not the first time I have seen him sit on his high horse and lecture people who, for one reason or another, have a genuine dispute over a family law issue.

Every lawyer in the room knew that the two lawyers at counsel table were working up their cases, and that the issues to be decided by the judge would help the attorneys negotiate with their clients the opposing parties. The judge seemed to take pains to undermine the attorneys' relationships with their clients rather than resolving the very simple issue before him.

Whenever possible, disqualify this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2510
Rating:3.5
Comments:
gives legal advise to attorney when he believes they are wrong. no consideration to tactics. egocentric

Litigant

Comment #: CA2401
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I have disqualified this monster twice but needed transcripts to prove the obviouse BIAS OF THIS MONSTER! He deserves to be prosecuted for TREASON and placed behind bars the good old boys will see to his needs.......
This is a CRIME of the COURTS.....and a violation of 18 U.S.C.§§1961-68.....the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act!

Other

Comment #: CA1954
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Judge Gary is not an honorable man. I am an attorney that has to go into his courtroom on a monthly basis. His staff is very rude, I agree with the attorney below. I don't care what you do outside the courtroom. It's none of my business. But don't take the bench acting ultra righteous. It's off-putting. The local California Bar do know you having 'something" going on with your female staff. All we ask is that you be impartial with your rulings and consider your own humanity. You're like the current clerics that preach righteousness but have horrible things going on behind the curtains.

Other

Comment #: CA1821
Rating:1.0
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I'm a family law attorney that has been practicing in Sacramento for years. How Mr. Gary was hired as a commissioner initially is an enigma, but how he was elevated to a judge is really bewildering. As stated below, he is very arrogant and his staff is very unfriendly. He gives this air that he's beyond reproach but most of the bar knows he has something going on with his female staff. If at all possible, stay out of his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1807
Rating:1.3
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I have practiced law for a long time and have a good reputation. My experience with this judge was one of the worst in my career. Extremely arrogant guy. Don't expect justice - expect to get a "I'm way too cool for you" lecture. His staff is equally unfriendly. Sadly, we will be dealing with this egomaniac for a long time.

Litigant

Comment #: CA1754
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is not very bright. Although he ruled in my favor, I was not impressed.

Other

Comment #: CA1408
Rating:1.0
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He's an arrogant, petty, short tempered, controlling, insensitive asshole. He is very dangerous because he is young, overly ambitious and hobnobs with the more seasoned and experienced judges. His father is a partner in a local major law firm.