Hon. Donald F. Gaffney See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.1 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Donald F. Gaffney



Comment #: CA11246
Judge seems to be fair. He listens to both sides. However he has no tolerance for lies, bs made up accusations, and especially no tolerance for ppl who completely disregard his rulings and any motions he sets in place. Of he makes an order he expects you to comply. Sounds resonable to me. Apparently these ppl complaining are not following orders, laws, judgements and so forth. Pretty sure that's how their kids are removed. Not to mention their posts are at 2am and such. Hmm, under the influence of something???? Another reason a child would be removed. For their own well-being. These mom compliant parents should seek drug counseling. Or maybe that was the order they ignored. Overall he's a fair judge. Maybe not polite, but fair. Stop blaming the judge and take responsibility for your own actions. Be a role model to these kids


Comment #: CA11005
Terrible. Has the attitude of someone who was bullied his whole life. Now he bullies women and makes illegal orders to take their kids away and hand them to the real abusers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10551
Very very rude judge. If you are assigned this just please request to change it or he will make your life hell. Especially when it comes to women he will humiliate you and laugh over you and very disrespectful and he will not let you present any kind of evidence or he will not let you speak. I'm glad that he is finally under Federal radar. I wish I would have read the comments and reviews before I presenting my case to him.


Comment #: CA9724
Judge Gaffney is a no nonsense and very fair judge who sees through the games and lies and puts the children first.


Comment #: CA9544
Tyrannical and abusive towards innocent parents and their children. Also loves to address constitutuonal rights as he walks all over yours. Would highly recommend transfering to this judge for anyone who abuses women and children and wants them to suffer more abuse while you sit back and smile.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5806
Three Words: File 170.6 papers.