Hon. Nicholas S. Thompson See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.4 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Nicholas S. Thompson



Comment #: CA19480
Judge Thompson is very personable and makes jurors feel at ease. He is thorough, professional and fair. He treats all with great respect.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8743
I try a lot of cases in 5 counties. I have to say it was a pleasure as a defense attorney to be in Judge Thompson's courtroom for trial in a case where I knew the jury was unlikely to relate to, or like my client.
Judge Thompson treated my client with great respect - which I appreciate.
Chambers discussions were even-handed (I often worry about unreported parts of trial - but there was no need. This is a man of his word and everything about him reflects that.)
I will say that when trial commenced, I felt like an outsider. I felt like I was watching friends who wished I was not there, while the judge and the prosecutor bantered back and forth.
That did not last long. I had to prove my professionalism and ability, and when I began to do that, I felt like I was part of a well oiled trial machine.
Judge Thompson takes everything offered to him into consideration. He researches the issues briefed for him. He asks good questions of the witnesses that do not show a preference for either side - (but could) - and it was clear those few questions were asked to keep the jury from misunderstanding an important point. Judge Thompson does this rarely, but as defense counsel, I had no objection. The questions were thoughtful and well-stated.
Most of all, when I believed something had been done wrong by the prosecutor, this is a judge who listened and considered my authorities and sought a correct outcome -- he did not take the position that he needed to find a prosecution helpful result. What I took away from this trial [ verdict was split] was that I had tried a case in front of a truly fair and impartial judge.
I wish I could say that a LOT more often than I DO say that in my career.
I would not hesitate to try any kind of case before this judge.
As a side note, I often try cases before judges who appear to me to be hateful as a part of their core. Judge Thompson is a man who cares deeply about his family and its obvious -- that carries over to his treatment of everyone it seems.
For me, this is the kind of judge I want making trial decisions. It was an excellent experience.
The only thing I would change is the strict time schedule. I find that in trial I put in as many hours after I leave for the day, as I did in trial. Starting at 9 and going to 4:15, with a long drive back and forth is grueling. I have been told by jurors that they also prefer a later start for trial, and I wish that were an option.
Bottom line: I do recommend this judge for professionalism and fairness. What else is there to consider?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5616
Sounds Familiar. I agree with this Court Reporter posting. to maintain a welfare system in favor of government (taxpayer) paid wages one must issue as many warrants as possible and keep as many bullshit open (but dead) investigations as possible to keep the cronies busy with paperwork. "Just update the file every 6 months".

Court Staff

Comment #: CA4297
I work with this judge behind closed doors. The police just drop off warrants and Judge Thompson signs them blind, or worse, sometimes asks his staff to sign them because "his time is limited to jurisprudential thought and analysis, and administrative duties are better left with staff level." Pompous dirt, gestapo leader, supporter and promoter of secret police and illegal clandestine measures against the public.