Hon. James L. Waltz See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 8 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. James L. Waltz


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Other

Comment #: CA8653
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
When a judge disregards hard evidence in favor of a fabricated lie by the opposing attorney, I find it extremely suspect.
When obvious lie after lie is stated by this same attorney, I find it appalling that he is called a respected officer of the court by the judge and it makes me wonder if there is collusion between Judge Waltz and certain attorneys.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8393
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Baffling, disrespectful, unfair. He refused to hear a case he had personally advised me to file. The result has been extreme complications for my adult disabled daughter and has put me in a position of either medicating her into a zombie or placing her in an out of state institution where she will be the target of every sort of abuse imaginable.

Other

Comment #: CA8372
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How is this monster still legally allowed to hear any cases? He is determined to do the absolute worst thing possible and where innocent children like mine are just collateral damage. Straight violated my rights, admitted on record that he's upholding his ruling based on perjury committed by the abusive father, refused to acknowlege my filings and said he really doesn't care what any other court ordered reports or investigations recommend cause he calls the shots. He thinks he is God and this has got to stop.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8082
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Waltz awarding my ex 80% custody WITHOUT a COC-solely based on opposing counsel ‘telling’ the judge I refuse to take my son to school, when in fact I took him to school round-trip 4 days a week for 10 years, not once being tardy. I was classroom mom for 2 years AND volunteered several hours a day several days a week, and chaperoned 5 field trips per years for 6 years- until I started working for the school district as a Substitute. I was in pro per and Waltz would not let me speak at all, although I did my best to speak over him as he dismissed me and told my ex that my son would sleep at his house every school night, and that he also deserved every other weekend, leaving me with only every other weekend, and freezing my child support payments until finalization. I cashed out both my 401k and IRA to hire an atty. I retained an attorney last minute just before the hearing. My attorney pleaded for at least a 2-week continuance if not longer so he could familiarize with my case. Waltz said "NO, and I hope you realize you are getting on a speeding train". We did not finish that day. When we returned to finish my attorney was ill. Waltz was more than happy to reschedule my hearing—4 MONTHS OUT! First he couldn’t wait to get started, then he pushes us out 4 months —that means my son and I pulled apart for 15 months until the new hearing date.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8059
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Although there have been many procedural irregularities performed by Judge Waltz during my case, I believe this is an important one. On *****, 2014, my ex filed an exparte. When I arrived in court I was handed the paper work to read along with a blank form to respond. Within MINUTES I was called back into the court room without my having filled out these forms in order to be heard at least on paper. I pleaded to have more time to process this information and write my rebuttal but was told I had to go in NOW. Once I was before Judge Waltz he was dismissive as I tried to speak and I was ignored as he attended to whatever it was he was doing. I can only presume he was wrapping up the case based only on my exes word, being that he had no information from me. The result was that Judge Waltz eliminated 85% of my child support (there is no alimony) and reduced my visitation to 20%, WITHOUT having heard both sides. I was not represented by an attorney at this time. More than a year later I am still trying to rectify the fallout of Judge Waltz's lack of ethics. My son at 15 is begging to be with me. I have had to close out my retirement funds and take a loan to retain an attorney.

Other

Comment #: CA8058
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge has made inappropriate comments that are one sided in a divorce proceeding. He favors an attorney we are led to believe to be a personal friend. I thought judges were not allowed to be biased??
He clearly is biased and has demonstrated that. In this divorce proceeding he has managed to not have the victim's side heard for over 1.5 years. The victim suffered domestic violence from the other party, one incident which was life threatening. The victim also was victimized with the ex wife using his license and clinic to abuse and sell illegal drugs! The DEA was close to indicting her! However, still the ex got away with all crimes. The victim also is elderly. The judge made several statements which are now documented by many, what his decision will be against the victim before the hearing. The victim will continue to be victimized even at this judges hands. The ex wife, who should be in prison, she is thrilled with the judges decision's so far as her manipulation of good people, drugs, crimes, etc. prevails.
Unbiased? I have a completely different view of the court system now. It needs to change where the judge is not a biased entity. All people of bad intentions do and will get caught.

Litigant

Comment #: CA7306
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
If Mr. Waltz followed through on the discipline he can sound rightfully tough on, he would be a balanced judge. Empty consequences for parents who purposely delay the process for their gain.
If he was a man of his word he would be a great compassionate judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA7241
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Extremely focused on children. Judge Waltz is the judge you want when the facts are aligned in your favor. He is extremely fair, unbiased and concerned about justice and what is right. He doesn't tolerate lawyers who try to obfuscate the truth.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7179
Rating:9.3
Comments:
I have handled many family law matters in front of Judge Waltz including several trials and he is one of favorites. I find him to be thoughtful and fair to both sides. He will not tolerate non or underemployment by either party but particularly wife/mom whom may expect to remain a "stay at home" mom after separation and divorce. This won't happen ladies which may explain many of the negative comments about him below. He is very respectful and workable with counsel and will strive to make sure that the lawyers do not get financially screwed by their own clients just because the clients want to fight it out in court. He hates domestic violence especially if kids are present in the home when it occurs so beware if you or your client have done or are accused of DV. Regarding custody matters, he does not believe that every other weekend and mid-week dinner visit is "frequent and continuing contact" and will therefore strive to grant the non-custodial parent more parenting time if feasible. All in all very good judge, just be ready and be prepared and be concise.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6579
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Judge Waltz is a good family law bench officer. He's not in to hearing minutia so hit your main points without any dramatic flair and you are likely to receive a very fair ruling. He is child-centric and his rulings defer to what he views to be in the best interest of the child. He does not tolerate stay-at-home parents very well and hates prima donnas.

Other

Comment #: CA5613
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Hates Women. Gave 50% custody to a man with a known record of many arrest records. Made me pay my ex husband 80k even though I could barely make rent..I worked two jobs, he told me to get a third, or work more overtime. Now my daughters want nothing to do with their father and I still have two years to pay on a loan from my retirement...I am not sure how this man sleeps!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5562
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Watched Judge waltz on several occasions demean & humiliate mother's in his courtroom whether they were working full-time & receiving no child support or on welfare. HATES women, hands over rights to "father's" just for emitting sperm.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5084
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I've tried several matter before Judge Waltz and was impressed by his sense of fairness and his willingness to listen. He is one of the better judges I have been in front of in Orange County.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4856
Rating:2.7
Comments:
He is one of the worst judges ever. He is not trustworthy. He is very unpredictable. He seems to pre-judge most cases by the appearance, wealth, or religious preferences of the litigants. He exhibits anger and rage towards litigants. He is pompous and insecure. Avoid him at all cost.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4809
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This judge is definitely among the most corrupt judges in the OC. Everyone knows that he wound up in Criminal Court because he got thrown off the Family Court bench. (He doesn't belong on the Criminal Court bench either.) He's making $185,000 per year to harm the innocent and protect the guilty. It's time for his retirement.

Other

Comment #: CA4751
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is biased. He does not truly seek out the truth, but forms opinions before hearing the evidence. My children have suffered greatly as a result of this man's poor judgement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4446
Rating:8.1
Comments:
I had a few cases with this Judge at Lamoreaux Courthouse. He is extremely flexible and easy to deal with, and will accommodate counsel at every turn if it helps get the case resolved. I have seen him stay in his courtroom for lunch to hash out issues with counsel in order to get problems solved. He is not the judge described below.

Other

Comment #: CA4424
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge held a "mock trial" on October 2, 2013 in courtroom H-6 at approximately 2:00pm. This trial is still in recess, according to Judge James Waltz, yet if you simply pull up the case summary, it tells a very different story. The case number is NBR35828 This judge is in dishonor...big time.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4311
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Threatening, abusive and obnoxious are the best three words to describe this judge. Judge Waltz is just rude and obnoxious to parties in his courtroom. I would not trust this man with my dog. He appears to be very biased against people, and often speaks in a very demeaning and insulting tone to people who are testifying in his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4255
Rating:3.0
Comments:
One of the most crooked judges in Orange County in recent history. He is very biased against women who have been abused and individuals he perceives as being very successful and wealthy. Numerous judicial performance complaints and investigations into this judge. A man of very low integrity and not worthy of being called a judge.