Hon. James L. Waltz See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 9 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)

What others have said about Hon. James L. Waltz


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7179
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
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.


Comment #: CA5613
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
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
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
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
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.


Comment #: CA4751
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
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.


Comment #: CA4424
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.


Comment #: CA4311
Rating:Not Rated
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
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.