Hon. James L. Stoelker See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.5 - 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. James L. Stoelker



Comment #: CA28422
Rating:Not Rated
Sending dangerous armed repeat offenders right back out to commit more crime.


Comment #: CA22236
Rating:Not Rated
This is a lazy judge who spends a lot of time hobnobbing with the judges from his own school Santa Clara University Law School before he does the trial. As such he is biased with supporting his own. He does not listen, is prejudiced with his biased opinion before he comes into court. The previous opinion seems to be fake. It might have been put in there to offset some of this kind of fraud behavior. He did not provide me time to talk deliberately, ruled when he did not have an legal authority to do so given the circumstances and caused a lot of grief, pain and unsafe conditions for my family this Summer. I'd recommend prempt this judge. He is a joke and an liability to the courthouse.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14270
Judge Stoelker is fair, thoughtful, and overall a great judge. In a contentious and highly emotional case, Judge Stoelker was thorough and provided a ruling that was even-handed and clearly showed he had read the papers, the case law, and had considered the issues at length, ruling in favor of Defendant where it was appropriate, and in favor of Plaintiff when it was appropriate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11929
Terrible judge. Very lazy. Doesn't care about evidence or the law. If you have any warning that you are getting him in law and motion or (God forbid) as a trial judge, make a peremptory challenge asap.