Hon. Peter L. Gallagher See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.8 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Peter L. Gallagher


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4232
Rating:5.7
Comments:
Judge Gallagher is a good Irish democrat, but he came out of Bunny Dumbanus's law cave, and he isn't afraid to show his old prosecutor buddies that he is still one of the guys. He needs to learn how to relax.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4119
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Another obviously biased and uniformed judge when it comes to medical marijuana cases. He needs to be relieved from further cases involving medical marijuana or risk having them all overturned on appeal.

Other

Comment #: CA4103
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It was unbelievable to see and hear this judge's biased rant about his disdain for California's medical marijuana laws. It became abundantly clear that this judge will not uphold laws he does not personally agree with. Hard to believe this judge ever hears a case impartially.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3862
Rating:8.3
Comments:
I've appeared before Judge Gallagher in both civil and criminal matters. He is very result-oriented. He keeps his eye on the ball and doesn't lose sight of the big picture. This may be why he's had challenges from the prosecution bar. He isn't the second prosecutor in the room, which is what many of the judges are. Great overbearing East coast personality. A caring, warm and considerate human being!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA521
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Oh, boo hoo, little prosecutor below. This is one judge that isn't scared of applying the law of the State of California, instead the law of ignorance of most of the little mini misdemeanor prosecutors who are used to getting their way from scaredy car judges. Heis decent, fair and intelligent. He was a felony DA for many years, and had the support of the prosecution and defense alike, which means he was MEANT for the bench. That the itsy bitsy little misdemeanor prosecutor below whines of unfairness only serves to support that he is in fact - fair.

Prosecutor

Comment #: CA306
Rating:2.6
Comments:
Speaking only to DUIs - if you're a defense attorney, then this is your guy. His open hostility and disrespect for prosecutors in DUI cases is legendary. His muzzling of prosecution experts is well known. He refusal to acknowledge the body of medical and scientific evidence re: impairment is astounding. But worst - his visual display of little more than contempt, ridicule and dismissal of prosecutors and the People's witnesses is well documented. This guy should be sent to family law, and then I would pity the attorneys there.