Hon. Theodore R. Howard See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Theodore R. Howard


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA32737
He reads the law and motion paperwork himself and writes his own tentatives, that is clear and refreshing. Well reasoned opinions, no apparent proclivities. Pleasant and friendly demeanor. Very accommodative to counsel if they agree that continuances or other special relief is needed.


Comment #: CA25751
The judge is prejudice and unfair. He already has his mind made up about a case before your hearing. I saw that man take down an entire school illegally. Someone gave him the power to destroy lives and the future of innocent children. In this matter no laws were broken. He invited all these parents and students into his court room, only to deny them an injunction. The kids wanted to play ball. This is the only time in their lives where they are kids and they can learn from adults , why not them play ball? The judge lacked compassion for them. Just imagine him being a judge in a real criminal matter. You will get the death penalty. Scary

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14880
Wherever do we get these judges. Family law he was never married civil law he guesses

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12533
I have read cases in which he has been reversed -heard he has been reversed quite a bit but I do not know for sure - I had 3 cases where he was way way way off-nice appearance and smile but in my opinion not very smart guy and possible passive aggressive type-if he does not like you I do not think he will tell you. Cannot believe he has such high ratings below-read reversals on his cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11772
Judge Howard is one of the most industrious and meticulous judges I have appeared before in my 35-plus year career. He issued a detailed, eight page tentative ruling on a motion for summary judgment based on primary assumption of risk. He even considered points that neither counsel mentioned in the moving or opposition papers. He also has excellent judicial temperament.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11638
Represented a defendant in a personal injury case that arose from a construction defect. Jury verdict for plaintiff. Judge was fair and did not favor either plaintiff or defendant. Would try any case before Judge Howard.