Hon. Dennis J. Keough See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 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. Dennis J. Keough



Comment #: CA24348
Another judge who has no neutrality of any kind. The problem,unfortunately, is that most Dependency Court Judges are the same because you are essentially dealing with a conspiratorial relationship between the Judge, County Counsel (essentially a prosecutor), social services (essentially, the police) and minors counsel (who literally do not care what happens to the children so long as they can exercise government control over the parents; who are essentially being accused of a crime. The problem with this judge is that he and everyone on his team automatically treat the parents as guilty and allow NO POSSIBILITY that that their statements have any credibility. But note: most Dependency Courts are run this way. All are essentially a criminal Court; except that the criminals in these Courts don't necessarily go to jail.

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Comment #: CA16106
Takes 5-10 times longer to do anything than any other bench officer. Very smart and very educated, but completely incapable of managing a court room.


Comment #: CA6731
Rating:Not Rated
Really serves no purpose on the bench.