Hon. James E. Towery See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 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 E. Towery



Comment #: CA10502
While some of the rulings that I've seen him make were questionable, I do appreciate that he prepares for each session. He often starts by stating based on his review of the file and the various pleadings, he would tentatively make certain rulings. Every time I have a court session I hope that Judge Grilli is unavailable and that Judge Towery takes over that day.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA10247
I have observed this judge not acting fairly to women and poor people. He was a lawyer and head of the State Bar and he protects certain lawyers and gets them tons of money, on the backs of children and child support.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA10050
Egotistical Judge who himself is 3x divorced. He is crooked and thinks he is smarter than any federal judge who will find his mistakes and fine him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9639
Like the hog, the EGO eventually takes over. To be in a position with such an intoxicated EGO, is so wrong on all levels. Shame on those who Judge, especially a Judge who should remember Karma visits everyone eventually..

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7769
This judge is terrible. He fled the State Bar for misconduct and got planted in family court where he issues unlawful orders and gives kickbacks to other fellow cronies from his legal buddy days in Santa Clara County . The State bar didn't take care of this crook and now he is the problem of all litigants in family court in Santa Clara. Awful.