Hon. David L. Belz See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.4 - 10 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. David L. Belz


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12261
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Has a poor understanding of the law and refuses to research when informed. Refuses to abide by the law and appears to favor male attorneys without consideration of party position or strengths of the case. Persistently states that he does not have time to hear matters and appears not to read filed documents. Permitted and based ruling on ex parte communication. #metoo

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12086
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Out of all areas of law, this man should NOT be overseeing family law AT ALL. What kind of judge orders a 5 year old to be taken out of kindergarten COMPLETELY because two parents cant agree what school the child in question should attend??

Other

Comment #: CA11696
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is a narcissist, supposed to be the best interest of my child but continued hearings even though death threats against my daughter have been made by mother, continued to disregard investigators recommendation. I have no priors, mental health issues, or drug abuse all of which mother has. I am very confused about him being a ruler over infants and hard working citizens lifes. Very distraught through all of this, very sad

Other

Comment #: CA11446
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Lawyers are frustrated in Belz court because the statutes and past court decisions don't matter. So, the deceased is never allowed to decide which kids get which property because Belz decides that everyone gets an even split (selling all houses and land at rock bottom prices, kicking out kids from houses). Example: It didn't matter that the trust contest was too late to be filed (Straley V Gamble and Bridgeman V Allen). Belz almost never posts pre-hearing notes. Belz is extremely biased. For example, during settlement, Belz said that mandatory settlement is before evidence is presented so distribution will be an even split (putting a bias on settlement negotiations). When an attorney took the case (huge case, years old, last minute), Belz did everything to discourage him, but the attorney said that he was prepared. Though involved in settlement discussions, he only provides bias.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10414
Rating:7.4
Comments:
He likes to hear himself talk. He's preachy. He will get it right though usually in the end.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10333
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible!!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10168
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Failure as a Judge... :-(

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9737
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Denies most minor's comps petitions at the first and second hearings due to knit-picky requirements that sometimes result in the minor receiving less money. Does not have a grasp of either the law or the reasonableness standard when awarding fees.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8999
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Belz in unknowledgeable of the law. I agree with many of the comments from other litigants about how he runs his courtroom. I am a DV victim confirmed by CPS. I had 14 TROs and never a permanent restraining order issued. Instead, Belz lectured me repeatedly about how "this is the consequence of a high conflict divorce." He gave my address to my abuser in court proceedings as a begged him not to. I now have a dead child based in part because of his rulings, placing my child with confirmed abuser. I wonder if he would say the same things to me now....

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8916
Rating:4.7
Comments:
likes to hear himself talk, doesn't like to hear cases, makes alright decisions if he lets attorneys/litigants talk & present case, a little over dramatic, but overall makes decent orders. Sad to say that this may be as good as it gets in fam law at OC Court.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8391
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Completely disrupted the status quo with my daughter very first hearing by giving full custody to mom. Poor time management skill and favors and defaults to mom being the primary parent and dad being visitor/check writer.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7285
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The Worst of the Worst.

Totally Incompetent, Pissy attitude,
does not follow California law or constitution, not knowledgeable of California law. Reputation of being extremely unfair to women. A 1,000% total nightmare.

Other

Comment #: CA5788
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge is nice but SO unknowledgable of the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4959
Rating:2.3
Comments:
(1) I have seen him raise his voice at three different female attorneys (and disrespect them), but never at any male attorneys.
(2) He is very wishy-washy, and will flip-flop with his rulings.
(3) Your case in his family law courtroom will take an eternity to be finalized -- plan on being in his courtroom day-in and day-out.
(4) He loves to lecture people.
(5) He also loves continuances, as his calendar is always full.

If I were to describe him in one word, it would be "narcissist."