Hon. John M. Gallagher See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Santa Cruz County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.5 - 7 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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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA24215
Rating:1.1
Comments:
I observed him come unprepared and clearly biased at the same time. He seemed to feel there was no need to follow law or what we've been led to believe is supposed to happen in court.

Litigant

Comment #: CA23495
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Ignores the law. Violates the US and CA State Constructions and his oath to both. Is recognized as a Domestic Terrorist, Child Trafficker and has repeatedly committed Treason. Abuses his power and authority to the detriment of innocent People. Removal from bench and bar recommended and required.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13712
Rating:9.3
Comments:
While I have seen Judge Gallagher get a bit short, it has always been for a good reason i.e., the lawyer is not prepared or otherwise is screwing up. If you're prepared and polite you will have zero problems and enjoy his even handed manner. He understands the law and applies the law, even if he doesn't completely agree with the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12743
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Personally disagreeable - sanctimonious. Professionally mediocre - demonstrates a shallow understanding of law and issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12677
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A short fuse. 170.6 at all costs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12352
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Bad tempter. Berates attorneys for no apparent reason. Should be relegated to small claims.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8602
Rating:9.0
Comments:
A truly excellent judge in Santa Cruz amongst a litany of mediocre judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8407
Rating:9.4
Comments:
A fair, evenhanded judge.