Hon. Jose R. Benavides See Rating Details
Superior Court
Kern County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.9 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 3 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. Jose R. Benavides



Comment #: CA30451
He is bias he is incompetent of his position. Benavides is dishonest and likes to play God. Benavides needs to be evaluated for mental issues and he needs anger mangement. The court needs to go over his case load and see how many people he has done wrong . He is a trader of the law and so the state causing harm to the people he is a servant to. Benavides does not belong on a bench of any court room.


Comment #: CA24505
He was very fair in my case, applied the law evenly, saw what the other party was trying to put over on him, stood for the law and judged correctly, was not intimidated by blowhard attorneys. One of the better judges I have seen.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12404
Disgusting man. Thinks he’s funny. I take custody of my daughter very serious and this man made it a joke. He does not believe in the child’s best interest. Now my daughter suffers from it. He sucks


Comment #: CA8970
Judge Benavidas is a pompous windbag. He literally makes litigation against in pro per litigants while he sits on the bench. Apparently he has forgotten which side of the bench he sits on. Coming from a judge that is a Democrat, you would expect more compassion (and fairness) for the under-represented.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8333
He has a bad temper and attitude. He as at best an average attorney. It appears that once he was appointed as a judge, the black robe got to him and now he thinks he is better than everyone. He is rude and quick-tempers towards lawyers and non-lawyers. He is also incapable of understanding complex legal issues.