Hon. Julia Craig Kelety See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.4 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 4 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. Julia Craig Kelety


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7755
Great Probate Judge. We're lucking to have her. I have appeared in front of Judge Kelety many, many times since she has been on the Probate bench found that she tries to find solutions and makes decisions in the most expedient, fair manner.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6493
This judge is a paradox . She comes on like your best friends mother but be warned she is more like a bad soccer mom willing to see the game from only one side of the field , at times seemingly willing to ignore the rules ,facts and peoples feelings all in the effort to support the side she favors. It has been over four years since I came to her court asking the court to protect my mother and her estate from my sister who had wiesled her way into being trustee. I was baffled by her comments and cold hearted action towards me when I was the one trying to protect my mother. My advice go to another judge this lady should not be allowed to wear the courts robe.


Comment #: CA5845
This judge lacks the command of the law and the maturity needed to be competent on the bench. If challenged in any way, she becomes aggressive toward that party and will not think twice about punitive actions against them, regardless of how unwarranted they may be. Once she favors one side she will be their biggest champion. Is this really what a judge should be doing?


Comment #: CA5490
I think she was very fair and nice, listen and she could see right through what was going on... EXCELLENT

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4582
I've appeared before Judge Kelety numerous times during my career in probate. I've disagreed with only two of her rulings, and both times I understood why she reached the decision that she did. Judge Kelety is one of the most even-tempered, fair-minded judges on the bench. She works incredibly hard at a job made more difficult by significant budget cuts. She is prompt, prepared and has an excellent understanding of probate law, as well as the realities of disputed matters where families are involved. I've practiced before six different probate judges, including Judge Kelety, and she is one of the very best. I hope that she elects to stay on the bench for many years to come.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4272
I think Judge Kelety has the intellectual acumen to be a fine judge, and would like to do a good job. But she perceives herself to be overworked and therefore gave me the impression that she never read anything but the Probate Notes, and sometimes a little bit of the Probate Court Investigator's reports. I agree with another commenter that when she is frustrated, she displays her impatience and favoritism. I have the distinct feeling that she had ex parte communications in my case with a court appointed attorney. She has not, in my experience, expressed a real willingness to change her mind when she is wrong. When frustrated, she was willfully (and I believe intentionally) unreasonable to punish us for not doing what she wanted, willfully and consciously ignoring the jeopardy to an elderly man suffering from dementia and predators. This was disappointing, since I think that, in the absence of petulance, she wants to do the right thing and is perspicacious, if not necessarily knowledgeable. I think she can learn from the lawyers before her, and she can handle complex material, but has not done so in my experience, probably because she thinks she does not have the time. It's regrettable. When not petulant or vindictive, she is pleasant, seemingly intelligent, efficient, industrious and downright charming.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4139
Probate is one of the hardest departments for a judge.

I have had the pleasure of appearing before Judge Kelety for a few years, and am always content. Although I do not always get what I ask for, I have never once thought she made a substantive error. Definitely one of the best educated judges on probate law, which tends to be a bit of a mystery for civil litigators and judges.

My only critique is that she is sometimes too lenient with attorneys. I wouldn't mind a slightly stricter courtroom sometimes, but that isn't her style.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2957
Judge Kelety is personable and approachable, but terribly, intellectually underqualified. She simply does not possess the intellect necessary to perform the job as an adjudicator. When frustrated, she displays her true colors of impatience and favortism. Another appointment to the bench based on sex, not merit. True to most San Diego Superior Court Judges, she possesses no humility or ability to admit fault.


Comment #: CA2913
Refused time after time to make any kind of a stand for us on our probate case. Our lawyer asked several times to have the person stealing my father in laws property thru a bugus trust add on Removed as trustee and from property Kelety would not rule. Kelety at one point insulted my wife in open court. Long story short: we won the trial in Judge Meyers court. Because of Keletys non action my father in laws house became a mecca for homeless and druggies. We now have the house back (everything he ever owned is gone). The house is a mess and she took alot of money. All could have been prevented if Judge Kelety would have taken allittle of her time to make a judgement on just one of the many petitions our incredible attorney filed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2145
She is the best judge we've had sitting in San Diego Probate Court for a long time. She always reads pleadings, and is fully aware of the arguments. She is fair and flexible, and a pleasure to appear before. She tries to fix problems.