Hon. Craig L. Griffin See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.5 - 9 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. Craig L. Griffin


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9752
the laziest judge with the worst instincts I have ever encountered. He never makes a decision and would rather see years of delays by obviously wrong parties rather than rule on summary judgment. Judges like this one are the reason that the public doesn't trust and truly despises the legal system.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7811
The worse part about this judge is not his lack of understanding of civil procedure, and specifically employment law matters, but his rude and pompous demeanor. He failed miserably to manage his calendar and when he didn't want to hear anymore, he becomes impatient, interrupts you, makes snide comments during your argument in an effort to belittle and intimidate counsel. He is unprofessional and not judicial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6675
Fair, honest, and well-prepared. Always.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6089
Judge Griffin is a very fair judge. I was defendant in a pro per suit and it seemed that he felt bad for the plaintiff and lack of familiarity with the legal process. So it seemed he was trying to help out the plaintiff more than he should. He listens to all sides no matter how long it takes.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5489
He does not seem to really understand civil procedure and has difficulty grasping arguments. His rulings are poorly reasoned -- he does not seem to think things through.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4309
A very nice guy who knows little about civil (as opposed to criminal, he says) litigation, cannot manage a civil trial, and has poor evidence skills. How he was law review is a mystery.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4289
Complains about his work load and seemingly punishes someone who brings a motion. Very affable and cordial, but not hardworking.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3915
A lovely man who has had a good deal of criminal trial experience, but little civil, and is more interested in protecting his record than keeping lawyers in check. Don't have him for a trial judge for a few years.