Hon. David M. Chapman See Rating Details
Superior Court
Riverside County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.8 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. David M. Chapman


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14859
Judge Chapman is an outstanding judge. Most of the negative comments are from one pro se litigant who is a conspiracy theorist and a crackpot. He lost his cases because they were without merit and rather than acknowledge reality he has chosen to publicly disparage anyone involved in handling his cases. If you draw Judge Chapman, consider yourself fortunate. You will get an intelligent and fair judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9538
Not too swift. He seems to want to believe the worst about people. The only way I would keep him is if I had a loser of a case...at least I would have a 50/50 chance of winning.


Comment #: CA8825
Rating:Not Rated
a thief, cheat and liar, a disgrace to the judiciary

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8803
A bully, slick, liar, cheat, a incompetent believing he is cleaver, condones hearsay, ignores evidence, fabricated court minutes, collusion with favored lawyers and spiteful


Comment #: CA8802
Imperious, pompous, retaliatory, shoots from hip, rules against the law, condones hearsay, perjury, fraud on the court, tampers with minutes, favrotism-bias, and general incompetence, a bully.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA7998
Judge Chapman is a public employee as well as a public figure and therefore, based on his recent ruling, he must feel that his right to privacy is less important that someone else's first amendment right to gossip about his private matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6997
Even though Judge Chapman ruled against my client in a bench trial, I would try a case before him again in a heartbeat. He was always prepared, his tentatives were well-reasoned, and even when I disagreed with his rulings, he supported them. As a trial judge, he is very active in questioning counsel and witnesses, which showed me he was invested in the matter as the trier of fact.