Hon. Daphne Grace Sykes See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.6 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Daphne Grace Sykes


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13005
This judge lacks knowledge of the law and shows complete disregard for the integrity of the judiciary system.


Comment #: CA11024
Doesn't follow law nor help in pro litigants understand when they need that.


Comment #: CA10568
Horrible judge! Poor knowledge of family law! Bias! Rules as she pleases without looking at the evidence! Run! California Code of Civil Procedure Section 170.6 allows a party who timely files an “affidavit of prejudice” to disqualify a judge without any showing of cause. The affidavit of prejudice is not contestable and the disqualification of the judge is automatic. (CCP §170.6(a))

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10451
Judge Scott has an even handed approach to family law, an excellent judicial demeanor, and a thoughtful approach. She listens - really listens - to evidence and argument. I have found her to be a very good judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8237
Lady Scott (as opposed to the other Scott in the building) is newer. Many do not like that she is unpredictable - however, I have found her decisions to be reasonable.

I like that I can sell her on a position by citing the proper authority - that is how it should be done..other than allowing the "family law clique" tell her how "everyone one else does it."

I have been before her 3 times. 2 were favorable; one result didn't make sense.


Comment #: CA7900
People normally comment when they are angry and rant about being treated unfairly. I would like to think I am not one of them but then again I suppose most people would feel that way. My opinion is Judge Scott seemed to judge more on personal opinion rather than the law. I am by no means an Attorney nor a law professor but from my laymans point of view. When refusing to listen to facts presented, now I don't mean hearing them then disagreeing, nor do I mean my opinion as a fact, I mean things that support an arguement, such as threats and documented examples of where the childs welfare is not tantamount. By refusing to hear those I am at a loss to understand the judicial system if Judge Scott is representitive of it.
Plenty of room on the i'm a Judge and I know everything table it seems, as conceitedness does not seem to be at rare levels, nor does it seem that Judge Scott hasn't feasted well while there.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4857
Judge Scott is simply confused. She makes crazy facial expressions. She doesn't judge based on the law. It's no wonder that she's earned the nickname "Judge Judy," which refers to the fact that she's a little like Jerry Springer, and a lot like Judge Judy.