Hon. James E. McFetridge See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sacramento County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.6 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. James E. McFetridge



Comment #: CA45579
Rating:Not Rated
This guy is dumb. As a result, he is incredibly inflexible due to fear of being wrong or being challenged. Consequently, in his court what he says goes because he is unable to think outside the box. How he got on the bench (and has stayed there for so long) is a mystery to me. Someone should oppose him the next time he is up for reelection.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4977
Judge McFetridge is mentally dull and emotionally thuggish. He does not belong on the bench.


Comment #: CA4707
Judge James McFetridge should not only be thrown off the bench -- he should be disbarred. He is destructive to families, and, in particular, children. His arrogance gets in the way of both his objectivity and his intelligence. He has destroyed several children's lives by leaving them in abusive situations because of his narrow-mindedness, inability to listen or think, and overall basic ignorance. Judge McFetridge has been demoted several times already. It's time to fire him before he destroys more children's lives.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4525
He is erratic, unfocused, dull, and uses aggression to cover his weaknesses. He is a terrible judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2710
This guy is another rubber stamp. Thinks that it's his job to help the prosecutor. Does not know criminal law, but that does not stop him from wading in as if he did. Very bad judge.


Comment #: CA1624
Very Honest, Compassionate, Knowledgeable who is willing to reach a compromise thats equitable for both parties and will not allow any party to be taken advantage of whether in pro per or with legal representation. Great Judge!