Hon. Elia Ortiz See Rating Details
Superior Court
Napa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.8 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   - 0 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. Elia Ortiz


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8382
Judge Ortiz is a terrible judge. She is biased, uneducated, and makes it clear that she doesn't care what the law is - if she decides she doesn't like you, then she will make decisions devastating to families and children. She is the worst judge I have ever seen in over 20 years of practice. She should not be on the bench. She does not have the temperament or the intelligence to handle the position.
her petty vindictiveness is legendary in the Napa Courts in just the two years she has been inflicted on the local legal community.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8363
Creative. Likes to make her own decisions rather than follow application of law. Does not like legal arguments or points and authorities challenging any statement she may have made. Prefers to be quick and expeditious. Doesn't want to be briefed on the law and facts in a case. Wants to dispose of quickly. Has absolutely no tolerance or respect for self-represented party.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8362
Elia Ortiz handles the master calendar and family law matters in Napa County. She handles the calendar by postponing matters to another appearance or hearing. Even uncontested, simple issues - she will dismiss a self-represented party and give them some insignificant task to complete and then returning to court. In hearing cases - she favors a party with atty. over one without and where both are represented -she telegraphs threats to counsel to dissuade legitimate legal points if it will cause delay in her court. She regularly denies 170.6 challenges and decides them herself making it clear that there will be a price to pay for the challenge and the delay in the proceedings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7621
I gave her 1s only because I couldn't give her zeros. She had no idea how to handle a civil lit matter, but that didn't keep her from acting like she did. it was a travesty.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4716
This judge was appointed into the realm of handling complex, contentious family law cases, even though her entire background is in criminal defense. She is also the most junior judge, having served less than a year as of January 2014. If you're assigned this judicial officer, make sure that you have an attorney representing you, as clearly she has no understanding of family law and lacks the ability to properly control her courtroom.