Hon. Robin Appel See Rating Details
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Superior Court
San Joaquin County
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* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
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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)


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* 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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Other

Comment #: CA5886
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
impeach.appel.mccann.sjc@gmail.com

Litigant

Comment #: CA5860
Rating:1.0
Comments:
When my son was 5, I filed papers to get scheduled visitation with my son after his mother kept him from me for over 3 months. At that time I was hoping to get 50% custody but 3 days before court, my son was asked to leave his daycare because of behavioral issues and his mother was at her wits end so she agreed (before court) to give me primary physical custody. He was having major behavioral issues at school and his mother is unable to discipline him (she wants to be his best friend). When he was with me he was always such a good boy and was easy to discipline. So, our first court date went well because all the paperwork was filled out and I was given primary physical custody. I enrolled my son in school (and daycare) closer to my home and his behavior was never an issue. A year later, his mother had a new boyfriend and wanted her son back (to be a family with her newest boyfriend). His mother accused me of everything under the sun (with no evidence); was yelling at me and crying in court and I could tell from the very beginning that Judge Robin Appel believed everything she said. Even showing her proof of how my son’s behavior changed for the better when he was with me made no difference to this judge. So, she gave his mother almost 50% visitation and it has gone downhill since then. His behavior at school, when he is with his mother, is terrible and I feel like this judge made a terrible decision. His mother loves him dearly BUT she is a horrible parent. She can’t and won’t discipline him and she blames all his mis-behavior on me. She tried to take him to therapy and made accusations of molestation, etc. (with no proof at all…luckily the therapist was reputable and refused to treat him without my permission or a court order). It has gotten to the point that I am agreeing to therapy; not because I believe that anything is wrong with my son but I am hoping that a therapist will see what the real problem is…his mother.
After dealing with Judge Robin Appel and seeing how the judicial system works, I have absolutely no faith in the legal system. I believe that Judge Robin Appel “takes sides” with one parent and this is NOT what a judge should do. She needs to look at the evidence ONLY. I sincerely feel sorry for anyone who goes before her and blame her for putting my son in a position that he now needs therapy.

Other

Comment #: CA5752
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Each of these court officials are ruthless and vile! I began my crusade to stop these witches in their tracks in 2008. Herb Horstmann, now that was a good commissioner, too bad he retired! Then we got stuck with this bitty! Cheryl McCann, was a good lawyer, but as a Commissioner SHE SUCKS! Her demeanor is AWFUL! She is RUDE, CREWED and worries most about her phone! She doesn't give a darn about these kids, and has no clue what the proper way to handle a case is! She always has your case pre-decided before you enter court so she doesn't even have to listen to it!
Robin Appel, now there is a piece of work! She must be the most rude and worthless one of them all! Her co conspirator Shelly Troop ruin kids lives daily! The demeanor by Robin Appel, plain and simple, it SUCKS TOO!
From both of them rolling eyes, getting up and leaving, yelling at people on their way out! No wonder San Joaquin County is so bad, and getting WORSE! Look who is deciding the fate of our kids! Man, these witches literally came from the EAST SIDE OF OZ, they both need a house to drop on them!!!!!
Then Shelly Troop, and her Husband Probation officer Andrew Troop! BOTH of these two conspire with the others and ruin lives, tear up families all three of them are so bias, and with Troop's husband doing all the investigating, poor kids! ! ! These witches need to be removed, please email me for the protests I have scheduled, every head helps! Catch me at: impeach.appel.mccann.sjc@gmail.com lets get these low life's out of office!!!!

Litigant

Comment #: CA5702
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge and those family court mediators think they can just destroy families for no reason. I'm a loving a father, always have been, always will be. Judge Robin Appel and family court mediator Shelly Troop took my daughter away from me. They walk around thinking they have all this power, they don't even know how many families they have destroyed. The recommendations that mediators give to judges are biased.

Shelly Troop: you think you know everything, you think you know the entire story. You lied to the judge about me.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5701
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The following is what my lawyer Tamran Amaral wrote for me for my family court hearing. She cancelled on me at the last minute. I was given 1.5 days visitation.

YOU BE THE JUDGE:

I was the primary care taker of our daughter since birth. For the first 15 months of our daughter’s life I was unemployed and caring for our daughter and my step-daughter. I continually disagreed with Petitioner’s family watching our daughter once I returned to work. There were supervision issues, neglect issues, and inappropriateness. This was a constant battle with the Petitioner. This and Petitioner’s infidelity is what eventually caused the breakdown of our marriage.

After separation, I had our daughter as much as I could with my work schedule. My mother would watch our daughter while both Petitioner and I worked. Once I stopped giving Petitioner money, she stopped allowing open visitation and also stopped bringing our daughter to my mother’s home. There is a lack of supervision and proper hygiene, as well as an overall refusal to seek proper medical, dental, and vision care for our daughter. In May I had to take our daughter to the emergency room because of a severe rash, which I followed up with her pediatrician. She had labial adhesions and an acute rash and I bought her a $200 vaginal cream. Our daughter is cross-eyed and she was scheduled for an appointment on 6/26 that I made, Petitioner was aware of, and Petitioner chose to not take our daughter.Petitioner has refused to take our daughter to a dentist or help me choose a dentist.

I gave my EX borany thy over $15,000 in child support payments that she gambled away. I been paying $300 a month for my daughters health insurance for over a year. I buy my daughter clothes, shoes & hygiene supplies.

Petitioner continued to refuse most visitation and it had been quite some time since I had seen our daughter. I just wanted to see our daughter and begged her to stop leaving her with strange men.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5700
Rating:1.0
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My 2 year old daughter Kailyse is being neglected by her mother Borany Thy and CPS & the court is ignoring it. I filed 4 police reports of when I was assaulted while picking my daughter up by her caregivers (my EX's family). My EX chose to be with other men instead of care for baby daughter. Then when we go to court, the judge and court mediator take my daughter away from me.

During my hearing the judge gave me no chance to request a continuance because my lawyer cancelled on me at the last minute. During family court mediation; the mediator (Shelly Troop) falsely accused me of raising my voice and being violent. The entire time it was my wife and the mediator yelling at me. My ex kept saying that I was a threat to her.

The Judge Appel gave me 1.5 days visitation. I'm a big part of my daughter's life: look at Kailyse Razo Facebook page; that will show my undeniable devotion, commitment, dedication, respect and love for my daughter. The court took my daughter away from me when I'm clearly the better parent.

The judge accused me of committing domestic violence because I tried to answer to the false allegations being made by my ex (what occurred during mediation and because of the false recommendation by the court mediator).

The judge stated that my parenting plan was a joke and made fun of me. I was humiliated and embarrassed. I felt threatened and intimidated by the judge and the entire court staff present who just stared at me like I was a violent criminal. I felt coerced into not being able to present my evidence that I was the one who was being abused.I was just merely trying to show the mediator pictures of the abuse I suffered from my ex. The mediator violated my personal space by shouting and screaming at me for no reason. The judge said my parenting plan was a joke.

Other

Comment #: CA5459
Rating:4.0
Comments:
She is biased towards mothers in child custody court. I am a mother and am still appalled at how she lets on average the mothers talk 3 times as much as the fathers and also takes their word as gospel. She also goes off a lot of what the mediators say, which is also extremely biased towards women. The mediators I've seen in San Joaquin are to me just underplayed lawyers for the mothers in this court. And the judge goes off what they say without considering anything new brought into the courtroom. Needs improvement.

Other

Comment #: CA5179
Rating:1.0
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I have followed this Judge on a particular case and she is so one sided to the person she believing everything that he has told her which has been lies from day one, she continues to favor this man who do not pay child support and causes a hardship on the child instead of her helping the child she caters to the non-paying parent who has broken all her court orders and punished the parent that has provided and followed all her rules, I have never seen anything like it or her. He has not seen his child in 4 years and when the custodial parent ask for child support which he has not been paying he takes her back to court for punishment because he know that this Judge will do what he wants, because she lives out of state. A judge is suppose to do what is right and be fair, to cater to his lies is ridiculous. I am so disappointed in her as a judge and as a woman. She has been a nightmare since 2004, not considering the feelings and best interest of the child. The child have not spoken to nor have seen her dad in four years because of his choose, he broke the court order. The child is upset because he never called her or sent for her now the the Judge makes the child and mother life miserable because he do not want to pay child support and she put hardship on the mother who have followed her orders. How would she do if this was her grandchild or child. So disappointed in the Family Court Judge Robin Appel in the Stockton Court System. I am so afraid that some of her rulings will cause terrible harm to the child at hand or some of her rulings, she is rude and evil. I agree with all the complaints that are at hand below. She favor deadbeat dads that are liars, she love lies she do not want to hear what the other party has to say so bias. Nothing good is going to happen for her, cause I know deep down in her heart she knows that she is doing is wrong, she cause nightmares to so many families her and Shelly Troop the worst team in Stockton. No wonder Stockton is so corrupt. A fair Judge needs to take all her cases, review them and make a correct ruling because what she has done is wrong. She makes the demands on this mother so hard so that she can lose custody is down right mean. Telling somebody what they can and cannot say to an uninterested party that nobody even cares about that abused this child in particular. How do you force a child to to go to a place where it is harmful I want to put this out here in case something happens to this child for him to tell this child that he can not get her anymore because he have other kids.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4577
Rating:1.9
Comments:
Her behavior is unstable. She seems very biased, and has a very personal relationship with Shelly Troop. She is a horrific mediator. The court has given a wicked snake power over children's lives. You can practically hear her hiss as she slanders parents that she doesn't like. I have seen Judge Appel and Shelly Troop out together. She even went to the hospital when Shelly's husband had a heart attack! This court system is corrupt. As soon as I find a new job I am leaving and never looking back.

Other

Comment #: CA4500
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree with the comment that said: "I have been disappointed with the Hon. Robin Appel for covering up false documentation..." She backdated a substitution of judge for commissioner in my friend's case. It was signed nine months later than the court officials claimed. This can be proven by my friend's attorney, who signed it too. But as for the date on which it was alleged by the judge and commissioner to have been signed, it is not possible that it was done on that day. The attorney for my friend was not yet hired by that date, but she also signed the form.r This proves that the form was not signed by the litigants on the date that the judge and commissioner claimed. It was not signed until six months later than the judge and commissioner claim. The form said it would be "dated in advance in all cases," not backdated, like it was. Additionally, the Family Law Commissioner Cheryl A. McCann failed to file her oath of office for over twenty months following her appointment. When a litigant requests a copy, they are required to furnish it immediately, but in this case, they did not and could not. When one was produced roughly five days later, the clerk was informed that the Secretary of State of California had supplied a letter stating that a diligent search had been performed and that no such oath had been found on file for that commissioner. That letter was supplied roughly nineteen months following her actually sitting on the bench for the first time. That commissioner was holding office illegally, and was trespassing upon the court by holding office as occupied, where she should not have been in office due to the law of the Constitution of the State of California, which says she has (or had) only ten days to file her said oath of office at the time of her acceptance of appointment. Since she did not, she committed a misdemeanor, and failed to abide by all laws. Also, these judges basically perjured themselves by claiming that the form was created and signed on a date when this was not actually done, in an obvious attempt to cover their own butts. They should be removed by the Supreme Court as far as I can see. This is a sick display of judicial impropriety!

Litigant

Comment #: CA3900
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She does not look at the whole picture. She also makes judgments based on her own personal feelings and opinions, not the facts. Her rulings are not fair by any means!

Other

Comment #: CA3671
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is the worst there is and the fact that she favors deadbeat dads sickens me. I have been b4 her about 5 times in 6yrs. My girls dad has never worked he grows marijuana and has even had my girl watering for him, judge just said dont do that! His dog bit my girl in her face 2 times and to this day he doent keep the dog locked up. There's know enforcement for anything or consequences for his actions.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3326
Rating:2.1
Comments:
This Judge is Dirty! She is not even, not fair nor is her demeanor acceptable by any means. She needs to get her nose out of the air, and be the woman she once had been, REAL! I mean come on your highness i mean your honor, you sit on the thrown just the same as everyone else. you are not better than me her or anyone. You are stuck up and over rated by each of these stars you have on this post! Yelling at litigants as you exit the court, rolling eyes, you should be ashamed of your self and you need some continuing education or better to be reprimanded! You don't protect the way you did prior to getting all that flack about siding with the moms, now its all about the dad! Don't go for majority opinion go with the legal and fit rights and do what above all else, is IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THESE KIDS! Because your not doing it these days!

Other

Comment #: CA3316
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I have been disappointed with Hon. Robin to cover false documentation ...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2983
Rating:4.9
Comments:
And this judge DOES NOT FAVOR THE WOMEN ANYMORE. Since her criticism for favoring the mother, she now ALWAYS GOES AND LIENS TOWARDS THE FATHER! She is RUDE when she rolls her eyes and places her tong in her mouth and bites , then says your baby is staying with his abusive father, despite if the doctor said hes abused or not! This broad is the worst EVER! Nor was I awarded the Due Process Right to exasperate further than 11/2 of a thought. that is = to 1.5 sentences in rebut of his attorney as i am pro per! shes a snob! AND BEST FRIENDS WITH MICHELLE (SHELLY TROOP) Allured/Troop, the BIAS MALE FAVORING MEDIATOR who holds a grudge and fails to recuse. This county is has been and always will be about the MEN! ITS DISGUSTING!

Litigant

Comment #: CA2982
Rating:3.0
Comments:
This Judge REFUSED to transfer Custody even though I had a Physician Report detailing CHILD ABUSE for a diagnosis. She just smiled and said "Yes I have Seen it.....Do you have anything else?" Then yelled at me upon exiting the Bench! Shes a witch to me!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA489
Rating:5.1
Comments:
She may have an inclination towards the female party, but she has a judicial demeanor. She gives everyone a fair say. Her rulings aren't too far from center. Perceives procedure and "overly" legal arguments to be obstructive. But, it isn't like you have a lot of choices in SJ County.

Other

Comment #: CA459
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Judge Appel rules heavily in favor of the female if all other factors are equal. Peace Officers in the County are even critical of her performance. There are times when she has been kind, considerate, and even generous -- however, it has also been witnessed that she can be like a bumblebee and sting you but good! Tends to be moody.