Hon. Joseph R. Distaso See Rating Details
Superior Court
Stanislaus County
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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. Joseph R. Distaso



Comment #: CA13478
Judge Distaso isn't perfect, but he's fairer than many of the alternatives. I got stuck with a bad temporary child custody order due to poor legal representation. After I switched lawyers, Judge Distaso was reluctant to make major changes to the order, despite it being incredibly unfair (stay-at-home parent transformed into every other weekend parent). However, as time went on, Judge Distaso's cautious approach and relative impartiality worked in my favor. He was willing to overrule a very biased in-house court mediator when she made unreasonable recommendations. Over time, therefore, Judge Distaso earned my grudging respect.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5214
Biased Judge against a non-attorney party, and makes comments during proceedings that are favored towards one side or the other. He has his special interest attorney's and repeatedly allows unethical and illegal processing, ex partes and motions to continue in his court room. Court dates are changed and allows motions to be filed in place of the hearing. I'm in agreement with other comments made and feel that this Judge should be removed as soon as possible.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4516
My husband has sat in this judge's court many times for child custody. He is rude and has treated my husband unfairly and poorly. We live in another state now. My husband has been told that if he wants to see his children, he has to travel and come back to court. His ex has broken the order countless times, and the judge has never done anything to punish her. He refuses to look at the evidence, and when my husband brought up the fact that we have evidence, he was told that the judge did not have the time to look at all of the evidence, and then they sent him back to mediation. Now isn't that a judge's job, to look at the evidence and make a ruling, and not just pass the buck? I am angry that this guy is still on the bench; he needs to stop presiding over child custody cases, because he clearly does not have the child's best interests at heart. If anyone out there has had similar issues, and knows who he has to answer to, please contact me, because I am willing to file a formal complaint against him, so that other families won't have to go through the same child custody nightmare that we have been going through since 2009.


Comment #: CA461
I have witnessed this man's behavior in court and it is rude and inconsiderate and totally objectionable. A prior judge had ordered a hearing in a domestic case and cancelled the hearing because the judge called the woman a "scorned woman." What kind of man says that to a woman in court? This individual should be turned over to the commission on judicial performance and his judgeship revoked. He is a terrible excuse for a judge. He should be ashamed of himself and deserves to be removed from the bench for his antics and rude behavior.