Hon. Daphne Grace Sykes See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.6 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 6 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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Other

Comment #: CA23626
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Sykes
I have now witnessed sheer incompetency. All the reviews echo my thoughts. Sykes can’t focus on what is being said in court not to mention has zero recall of previous rulings, appears board then perks up and has you repeating yourself. To Sykes comprehension means I don't give a dam and will just rule with no regards to any other findings or rulings(even my own) Let it be known!, I’m here to ruin someone’s life. I think she has a two sided coin she flips to see who wins. I witnessed this during my 1 minute of time,ne after numerous unnecessary court hearings prolonging things and due to scheduling good luck when you get your 1 minute without Sykes putting her hand up saying Stop!

Litigant

Comment #: CA20289
Rating:4.0
Comments:
I found that Judge Sykes does not follow her own rules and makes inconsistent rulings that are seemingly from different Judges. Does she have a staff that helps her because her rulings do not follow logic. She makes her rulings after she already settled a prior issue and then surprises everyone. This judge cost me a fortune because she prolonged the case and then made several rulings that conflicted and were inconsistent even after she asked to be provided with arguments regarding issues that she ultimately ruled on something completely different. I lost my confidence in the Judiciary due to this Judge. She has control in court except for her rulings make her seem ridiculous
I definitely think she has bias.

Litigant

Comment #: CA20080
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If you ever open a family law case, pray to god you do not get this judge. She will make you run in circles and drag out a court case. It has been FOUR years of fighting with my ex wife, I have full custody of my children, my ex wife has put NO effort into seeing them, contributing or being involved in general. Somehow this judge keeps giving in, giving ex more time, while she doesn’t use this time and is only emotionally damaging my children. Ex has made it her life goal to bleed me dry in court and judge Sykes is helping her do that. She refuses to look at actual evidence like other people have said, and goes based on the sob stories you tell her. You might as well lie to her, and as long as you cry, you’ll get your way. She does not care about the child’s best interest.

Other

Comment #: CA19821
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I'm not sure how this person is a judge. I'm a single father of twin girls. I've had to fight to get custody for the past 8 years. I now have 55% custody of them and legal custody over their schooling. But after going to court I can barely afford to live due to the fact the judge makes me pay so much in child support. My ex quit her job and filed claiming no income. I asked the judge to give her. A potential income which would be fair since she quit her job and filed. She denied the potential income leaving me having to pay a small fortune. Also my ex is married and has income. So while I'm broke having to work two jobs have sole custody of my daughters my ex is buying new cars living a cush life. It's crazy to think this is how the judicial system works. A good father struggling while a lazy person gets paid to do nothing. This judge doesnt think in the fairness of the children or the struggle she will cause the parents.

Other

Comment #: CA16056
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She has no business being a judge. She cant not make any decisions to save her life. She can not manage her case load doesnt read the papers filed or look at any evidence. She goes off hear say and thats all.

Other

Comment #: CA13907
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Biased and fails to follow the law. Can be influenced by attorneys she know rather than listening to the facts or allowing testimony. Does not appear to do any legal research as to cases cited or read the applicable code section. Not a legal scholar.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13005
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge lacks knowledge of the law and shows complete disregard for the integrity of the judiciary system.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11024
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Doesn't follow law nor help in pro litigants understand when they need that.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10568
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:10.0
Comments:
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
Rating:6.2
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA7900
Rating:2.0
Comments:
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
Rating:1.1
Comments:
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.