Hon. Henry J. Walsh See Rating Details
Superior Court
Ventura County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.3 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Henry J. Walsh


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA22768
Proof there is a village missing it’s idiot.
Anything complex, as in first year law school is beyond him.

He reads nothing but moving papers and scans response.

Stay away at all costs


Comment #: CA20722
What a terrible judge! He accepted contributions from lawyers who appear in his court. Conflict of interest, do you think? Now he overrules the prior decisions to disclose misconduct cases in Ventura County. His election was probably rigged. He is biased and unfit. Hope he is voted out!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19793
Harry has become a complete nut case.

CCP? Out the window. Dont even think he will apply it if he does not want to.

Law? He makes it up?

Facts? Can't remember them and no longer reads the pleadings with purpose.

Total twighight zone in 42.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15462
Harry is losing it. Nonsensical and illogical decisions. Doesn’t read carefully and decides motions on a “what he thinks is fair” mentality

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13573
He has a very large calendar so bring something to read while you wait. I thought Judge Walsh was very knowledgeable about the issues identified in the motion and he took the time to articulate his ruling. While I did not win on all the issues I felt that he listened and explained his reasoning which is helpful in drafting some special interrogatories and request for production. He has a very good temperament and allows all sides to voice their opinion in a professional manner. He steps in when counsel attempts to avoid answering his question and calls them on it. Very good judge!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11680
Judge Walsh does not seem to grasp basic legal concepts, which is disappointing considering his background and education. He also apparently was admonished by the state judicial commission for failing to disclose campaign contributions from attorneys who appear in his courtroom, so perhaps that explains it. His temperament is mediocre, and he is certainly predisposed to certain parties (usually plaintiffs) in his rulings. I had one case before him where he literally ignored all relevant authorities, and adopted a completely unsupported position in his ruling. Needless to say, we ended up settling to get out of his courtroom, but I am fairly sure he would have been overturned on appeal.

While he isn't the worst judge I have appeared in front of, I tend to either seek removal or 170.6 when I get cases assigned to him.


Comment #: CA10807
In the interest of the public, Judge Walsh must be recalled most expeditiously.


Comment #: CA8190
Judge Walsh is bias, discriminates, plays favorites, makes inapporpreiate comments, and overall you feel like justice is only justice according to the Judge. The Judge makes his own rules according to what he wants to do. He does not do his homework, he does not read his notes and he changes his mind from day to day.
Judge Walsh crosses over the line of Church and State.


Comment #: CA6725
Subjugates law for religious belief holding that teachers at a religious backed secular pre-school are the same as clergy, and that teachers at such a place can be fired for not holding the same religious belief as the institution. Should not be on the bench, regardless of past accomplishment or education.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3225
Judge Walsh was generally down-to-earth, fair and hard-working. He found the plaintiff in my case to be a vexatious litigant and had the courage to grant me attorney fees on the defense. Plaintiff appealed and the Court of Appeals upheld Walsh, issuing a stinging rebuke to plaintiff. He can be gruff and impatient. He groused at me as much as at opposing counsel. But I found him to be willing to make the hard calls and do the right thing when it counted. For that reason, I wouldn't hesitate to appear before him again on any matter.