Hon. John W. Vineyard See Rating Details
Superior Court
Riverside County
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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. John W. Vineyard


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA23554
So sad the California Courts have diminished in value....I have witnessed Vineyard harm a party by ignoring the victim's winning opposition to an MSJ and helped the opposing side pirate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11993
Vineyard seems to be even handed, through and well reasoned. He reads the pleadings and takes the time to listen.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11480
I've appeared before J. Vineyard on several occasions in a variety of capacities, except for trial. In all instances, whether I won or lost that day, he was fair, reasonable, thoughtful and had clearly read and considered the pleadings. In an MSC context he was fair and balanced to both sides, appropriately encouraging and advising both sides regarding potential settlement.
While I have observed many positive attributes of J. Vineyard his decisiveness and fearlessness to make what some might consider tough decisions is impressive. I've also been on the losing end of him moving off his tentative position during argument. In spite of the change I greatly respected his readiness to consider argument and change his position if he thought it appropriate, a too rare judicial quality.

Overall a fine judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10831
God complex. Favors big firms and banks.