Hon. Donald F. Gaffney See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Orange County
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* 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)


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* 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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Litigant

Comment #: CA25739
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The Honorable Judge Gaffney is an awsome judge. I was able to get soal custody of my boy with his help. Having the right attorney who knows who to pay always gets it done right. It takes time. 4 years but still got it done with this judge in our court.

Litigant

Comment #: CA25714
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He knows the law, and quotes it well, then he just throws it all out the window because he does not like the conclusion it take him too and comes up with strange equity interpretations as his ruling. His bias's are vast. This type of a judicial officer is the kind that public looses confidence in our legal system from. He is gruff and generally rude to parties that come before him.

Other

Comment #: CA24733
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is very unfair and believes lies from the father that coaches his 14 year old daughter to lie. Just so his dad could get custody of my baby. His unfair to women and is prejudice. Never put my hands on any kids. All lies were made and he didn't give me a chance to explain myself.

Litigant

Comment #: CA23839
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge has zero tolerance for parents with substance abuse issues. If I was a drug addict/alcoholic, I would paper him, otherwise you're never going to see your kid again.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA23015
Rating:7.8
Comments:
While some may comment that Judge Gaffney has no personality and while agree that he can be overly harsh against minor criminal defendants (several years back)... while on the bench, I admire that he remains very even tempered. One gets the same demeanor every time. Currently, as he is primarily a Family Court Judge I can appreciate that when attempting to resolve party conflicts, this Judge rarely interrupts and is VERY good at giving all parties and their attorneys a fair opportunity to be heard to completion.

Other

Comment #: CA21777
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I pay $100,000 dinero to any jeffe who can get this puto malo off the negro robe.

Other

Comment #: CA21563
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Appointed by the Terminator in 2008, this judge terminates all visitation of both mothers and fathers and justifies alienation by criminalizing parents.

Litigant

Comment #: CA20291
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This comment is not libelous and is submitted in good faith so please do not delete this posting like my other ones that were posted in good faith.

Judge Gaffney is a predator. He, just like all predators, thrives knowing he is hurting families and their children. This judge has no control over his courtroom, his emotions, or his ability to see past his bias towards women or their attorney's.

This judge has repeatedly committed violations against litigants rights to due process, violated judicial ethics, and has done nothing but betray public confidence in our court system and its ability to uphold the laws that are set to ensure the public's well being.

Gaffney's inability to see past his own bias and his unwillingness to admit ant wrong doing, no matter how much factual evidence is presented, makes him a danger to all families and anyone he is given authority over.

The only reason Gaffney has any authority over you or your families is because the people let him. This is not how government is or ever was, supposed to be implemented. Allowing this domestic terrorist to continue to have any authority is only ensuring that this sort of behavior will continue.

There are more people than there are jail cells. There are more people than police to put them there. Something needs to change and it starts with people taking back the power and not allowing the courts or any entity thereof, go unpunished for their heinous crimes against society.

Get Gaffney off the bench.

Other

Comment #: CA19733
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
GAFFNEY FAILS AGAIN!

This judge continuously puts women and children in danger. One of his recent rulings was remanded by an appellate court because as usual GAFFNEY WAS WRONG. Read below...

We have concluded that the trial court (Gaffney) used an incorrect legal standard in denying the DVRO. Because the court found that H.’s violations were technical, and further found that TRO violations did not constitute acts of abuse for purposes of the DVPA, it failed to make the necessary factual findings regarding the issuance of the DVRO. If all material evidence were undisputed, we would be able to determine this as a matter of law, and would order the trial court to enter the DVRO as requested. H.’s written opposition and testimony at the hearing in the trial court make this remedy impossible because we do not weigh evidence. We will therefore reverse the order denying the DVRO and remand the matter to the trial court to make the necessary findings and determine whether to issue the DVRO. If the court finds that the acts alleged by N. did, in fact, occur, then the court shall issue the DVRO

Court Staff

Comment #: CA19583
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I watched this judge force a girl who is being sexually and physically abused to live with the very person she was on the stand testifying against for said abuse. Please someone get this horrible person out of our courthouses and put behind bars where he belongs. He obviously loves criminals and child predators and abusers.

Other

Comment #: CA18767
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I talked to lawyers and psychiatrists who asked about this judge... "Gaffney unfortunately has his favorites and getting 50/50 EQUAL PARTS RIGHTS is IMPOSSIBLE."
I'm not racist, but for a black man to act this way is reprehensible. Gaffney needs to be trained "for 6 months or there will be repercussions." I was personally told by the criminal psychiatrist in the OJ Simpson case.

Other

Comment #: CA18622
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The one person posting that Gaffney is pro mother is misinformed. Gaffney has had several of his rulings challenged by mothers. Gaffney ripped their children from them and gave them to abusive fathers without due process. He will do whatever it takes to get the most court appointed people involved in a case and whomever has the most money wins, typically the father.

Other

Comment #: CA18297
Rating:1.0
Comments:
"I've been to jail 13 times over
struggling to be included in my
sons life
Over 120 days total at least.
I'm not scared of jail." ~a simple father turned into a criminal for fighting to be in son's life for 50/50 EQUAL PARENTS RIGHTS!

Other

Comment #: CA18001
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The ONLY reason he is a judge is because he is the worst lawyer and no one will hire him.

Other

Comment #: CA16772
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Religious intoleration. 
It's borderline illegal to be a Christian under this judge who forbids the name of "Jesus" and church attendance. 
For being a parent Gaffney will strip away your freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Other

Comment #: CA16168
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge is given incentives that are created for our children to be taken from loving parents. Gaffney specializes in Family Court Terrorism.

Other

Comment #: CA15392
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Tyrannical!! This judge favors men while refusing to even acknowledge women. There are many litigants as well attorneys who have filed complaints against this judge. He is biased against women. He threatens innocent mothers who are trying to protect their children from abusers.

Other

Comment #: CA15353
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge does not listen to you. You have to raise your hand if you want to speak and when you do speak this judge acts like a caged lion. Also I have seen numerous negative comments get posted every day about this judge, but by the following day they all get deleted.
No freedom of speech with this judge.
He will strike down your right to speak out and say, "your words are a weapon."

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA15232
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He lacks morals and wastes time. People don't like the way he is too subjective on favoring women without valid reasoning. Some of the ladies are abusive with drugs or any immoral influence.

Litigant

Comment #: CA15161
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge isn't in charge of hisnown courtroom. The attorney's are however. Gaffney trues to play like he's the authority but that's not the case. You can call his bluff everytime. Whats the point of hsving him other then for his signature? The attorney who is being paid the most is the one who calls the shots and makes the orders. No matter if the orders hurt children and their families, he just signs them without a care. If you're unable to tell an attorney that what he/she and their client's are doing is detrimental to children and their families, get off the bench. There are more cowards in family law and the lawyers can tell from a mile away. If you were given a job, do it the absolute best way possible, don't walk all over it like the attorney's walk over you.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA15075
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have no experience with Judge Gaffney in civil court. In the criminal setting, Judge Gaffney is extremely fair. He is not a yes man for the prosecution and he carefully weighs the evidence and makes a well reasoned determination supported by the evidence. He will tell it like it is and call you out on positions that are untenable. I have tried jury trials and pretrial motions in his courtroom. I think you could not find better.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13318
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Doesn't matter if you file 170.1 or 170.6 papers against Gaffney. He answers them. What do you think a judge who has shown nothing but bias towards one party in his courtroom and wants to cover it up is going to say in a response? Oh yes I am a total idiot who hates women and wants nothing more than to hurt their kids because how dare they have a better childhood than I ever did? No, they are going to lie and say of course I have no bias against whomever, this was taken out of context... blah blah blah. That's why the 170.1 and 170.6 are to be reviwed by a peer. That way if bias is an issue or there is an issue at all, the judge filed against can't stay on. However, Gaffney can answer his own and do it without being properly served. Isn't that wonderful? Must be a new policy aimed at being more efficient in destroying families and hurting their children.

Other

Comment #: CA12928
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Donald Gaffney, does not care. Literally he said in 1 single case, "I DO NOT CARE," about 20 times. Apparently, he went from criminal law to family law and he treats the fathers like convicted murderers. He has made it evident that he does not want to be there. He only wants to go to the very top, so he is here because it looks good on his resume. He is power-hungry, speaks in jargon to sound intellectual and every decision he makes is politicized and he does not make decisions based on what is best for the fathers or mothers... it is what is for the best of his political career. I heard this from two lawyers, so apparently this is well known. These OC Judges send parents to these government programs, so they can get "paid." Notice every time you go to court and every time you get out of court you are paying more money and fees.
Ask Judge Gaffney if he cares?
Judge Gaffney does not care about anything... except for power and exhibiting his authority over others.
#Hubris

Other

Comment #: CA12059
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He’s biased against female litigants, often ruling in the favor of the males in marital cases. However, aside from that, his impatience and condescending demeanor make for a fantastic day in court.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11833
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If I could only give him a 0 rating, that would be more appropriate! I mean what judge has to ask council for what the law is? Or make statements like, " um, well I think there's a law against that, I'm pretty sure." Then motions to and asks council yet again, " don't you think so? I would think that there would be some law prohibiting one from doing such, right? " Then goes ahead and makes life altering decisions for most of all litigants being seen before him, based off of just guess work! I mean come on already people, wake up and smell the crap that's cooking and that your being fed & eating too! Unless your content with a judge who obviously doesn't read everything let alone anything that comes across his desk while falling asleep as testimonies are being given or rather getting his sick & twisted jollies off by emotionally terrorizing WOMAN/MOTHERS or better yet his favorite WHITE WOMAN/DESTRAUGHT MOTHERS! Which makes no sense when you realize that his daddy broke his nose when he was just a boy while being abusive just in general, and his mother being the one to take he and his siblings away from said abuse and putting him in a safer more stable environment, which led him to achieve what he has today! Hmmm?...yup..i don't get it neither!

Other

Comment #: CA11246
Rating:7.0
Comments:
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

Other

Comment #: CA11005
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA9724
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Gaffney is a no nonsense and very fair judge who sees through the games and lies and puts the children first.

Other

Comment #: CA9544
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Three Words: File 170.6 papers.