Hon. Cheri T. Pham See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.8 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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. Cheri T. Pham



Comment #: CA7417
Rating:Not Rated
I was wondering when the day would come when someone else experienced what I did in Cheri Pham’s courtroom. I totally believe you are a fair person and so am I. I would never state things in a public forum that I believed were unfair to someone, especially someone like a Judge. For comparisons sake, I heard a story of a man who sat on top of his girlfriends, pinned her arms under his knees, and pummeled her in the face mercilessly yet he only received a 3 year restraining order. I tried to appeal the order but unfortunately I was in dire financial straits and filed it 22 days past the deadline.
To make a longer story short, I have learned subsequently, my ex’s husband sat on the California State Assembly and owned a business whose client was the City of Long Beach Prosecutor’s office. I believe this business relationship was established between the years 1997-2007. You don’t get this type of client unless you know someone. During the years 1997-2007, Cheri Pham was a Criminal prosecutor for the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Not to mention, Cheri has a husband who was a Deputy D.A. as well. I believe somewhere there is someone my ex’s husband knew who knew Cheri Pham through their days as city prosecutors as I’m sure the link between Orange County and Long Beach could easily be bridged. Even though I could never prove it, the fact my case was heard in a private setting, I received a 5 year restraining order for responding to a text message sent to me (no physical or threatened physical violence whatsoever) that Cheri Pham did a favor for someone. Thank God for forums like this because it’s the only way I could fight back, but I would be very wary of this Judge if you ever get her. She does not make informed decisions, she could care less about a justice system, she allows people to lie in her courtroom, and she is discriminatory.


Comment #: CA7309
Judge Pham burned out of family court. Thank heavens. I agree with the other reviewer about her stance on domestic violence. I consider myself a fair person and I am rating her with as much as an open mind as possible. I was falsely accused. She reviewed my case with overwhelming evidence suggesting no domestic violence. Ex committed blatant perjury on the stand. When it came to make a ruling she took a spineless approach in making a decision to force both parties to stipulate to a non-clets restraining order dismissing any vindication due to me in court. I've been told this is status quo with most judges. They are fearful of making any bad judgments that may come back to haunt them professionally even if it was the right thing to do. In addition she fell asleep during the hearing and had to have the court reporter read back testimony. Its a good thing that she burned out quickly in family law. Can we bring in some judges with common sense, morals and a spine? I think she is in criminal court now. Poor souls that have their case heard before her in criminal court.


Comment #: CA5943
Rating:Not Rated
This judge is terrible when it comes to handling domestic violent cases. She hears from the victim and assumes they are telling the truth. She is an absolute psychotic judge who has no idea what the bills of rights is, and shits on the grave of every man and woman who had died for this country if she allows victims to lie, even ones who she is aware has demonstrated a history of deceiving others. To hand out a five year restraining order to someone who has never laid a finger on any of the parties is sick in the head, and has no idea what domestic violence truly is.


Comment #: CA4647
She is a very unfair judge. The Honorable Judge Pham is a joke. My ex got everything, and I got nothing. She got the house with all the equity, both of my businesses (one of which I brought to the marriage and the other of which was established during the marriage). She was able to sell one of my cars and keep the other, with no consequences. Watch out for this judge. I'm sure my ex-wife would rate this judge a 10.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4561
One of the top two or three family court judges I have been in front of. I only hope she doesn't burn out like many of our older burn-outs (i.e. Judges Vogl and Wilson). She really wants to make fair, carefully thought out decisions that benefit the parties and their children.