Hon. Ariadne J. Symons See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Santa Cruz County
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Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


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* 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)


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* 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 #: CA24589
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She was caught doing her wrongs by the judicial review board. So severely sanctioned, one step from being removed from the bench. The Santa Cruz court demoted her to small claims, she’s on the road to being left spending her days watching Judge Judy on tv and stuffing her unpleasant face with dill pickles. She will eventually self destruct her career. We know she spends her evenings with a strong drink while written false reviews here about herself, her reviews are the only positive ones about her, she is a sorry creature.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA24583
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Symons had a terrible reputation as a prosecutor in North Carolina - she was effectively drummed out. When she was a deputy DA in orange County, the 4th District Court of Appeal called her on her BS, stating that her position was "baloney" and that it showed a devotion to winning rather than a search for the truth. That sums it up. She will instantaneously decide who she wants to win and then bend the facts and the law to shore herself up. She does NOT belong on the bench, no matter what the "ten star reviewers" here claim. It is a sure thing she has put these "reviewers" up to writing these, as she is desperate to win the election. Desperate.

Other

Comment #: CA24555
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I do not normally post on line, but feel compelled to do so after reading some of the hateful, misleading and erroneous comments from a select few who are intent on sullying the reputation of a brilliant jurist who's devoted her entire life to public service and the public good. As a former federal (and then state) prosecutor, Judge Symons was a "prosecutor's prosecutor" -- fair, impartial, and passionate about her cases and aware of the significance her work had the community at large. She was the role model for many in the prosecutors' offices in which she worked tirelessly to ensure equal access to justice and the just application of the rule of law. Her decades long stellar personal and professional career should be judged by those who know her, have had the good fortune to work side by side with her and whose lives have been enriched as a result.

Other

Comment #: CA24293
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She was unethical, dishonest, and extremely unpleasant in the early 2000s, when she was a prosecutor. Her elevation to the bench served only to exacerbate matters. Her formal censure by the CJP earlier this year was long-overdue, yet wholly inadequate. I can only hope that in the next election cycle she will be ignominiously removed from office, along with so many others who have failed to uphold the rule of law in our all-too-fragile democracy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23227
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Due to her admitted prejudicial misconduct, Symons is foreclosed from sitting on public defender matters, which imposes a huge burden on the court system. She covers up her lack of knowledge in civil cases by adopting an imperious demeanor. Extremely disrespectful to the party she has pre-judged to be on the wrong side - whether she know the facts or not. Definitely not qualified to serve on the bench.

Other

Comment #: CA22847
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Judge Symons has been someone in the court system who I have admired for over 9 years. Her respect for the law, duty to uphold the law, willingness to work with anyone who steps into her courtroom with dignity and respect speaks volumes of her character. Judge Symons knowledge, mentorship, support, “on and off the field” goes without saying that so many of us who are coming into the law or have been into the law for sometime, we look up to her. Her legal career is inspiring to say the least. I have sat in many courtrooms and I have always learned something from judge Symons. And most importantly I have witnessed on dozens and dozen of occasions as I sat through many of her trials the compassion and respect that she has and continue to show for both plaintiff and defendant. I truly am honored to know her.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA22845
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I've worked with many judges in my career and I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience in the courtroom in working with Judge Symons.

Other

Comment #: CA22599
Rating:1.0
Comments:
By far the worst and most abusive family court judge I have ever experienced. A true disgrace to the bench. Fortunately for me I got a new judge and almost every ruling she made was changed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA21952
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Symons attends the church with the largest congregation in Santa Cruz for one reason only: to get votes. She attends early AM Chamber of Commerce meetings - why would a judge do this? She sponsors community events for one reason only. She is now working the room at political events for one reason only. We see through you, Ari.

Other

Comment #: CA21691
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Horrible bias

Other

Comment #: CA21261
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Symons, participating in a scheme to deceive the court by assisting your husband submit a statement to the court that he did not know who was driving when YOU ran the red light is a crime.That makes you a bad judge and a bad person.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA21234
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My mentally ill client cried in handcuffs while Judge Symons and the Bailiff laughed. Curse her, rot in hell.

Other

Comment #: CA21020
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The Commission on Judicial Qualifications in 2006 found Ariadne Symons unqualified to be a judge by reason of character. She was viewed then, as now, by the legal community as manipulative, cunning, a relentless effortless liar, lacking in remorse or guilt, callous, without empathy and a person who uses others. She is in fact a sociopath. Those who called her out in 2006 knew that if she became judge her character traits would lead to judicial impropriety. They were right and it will happen again. She can’t help herself. If she remains a judge it’s just a question of whether she will be caught.

Following her recent censure, Judge Symons released a letter of support signed by only twelve local attorneys. Given the hundreds of lawyers who practice in Santa Cruz county, this is an underwhelming number, and is telling of her perception by the local legal community.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA20545
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Symons is not fooling local lawyers with the flurry of 5 star "reviews", coincidentally posted at the time she was negotiating with the CJP for the ability to remain on the bench. Between 3/15/19 and 5/17, there are EIGHT 5 star reviews. She signed her plea deal 4/19/19. She thinks everyone is stupid and she treats people that way. Nice try, Judge Symons!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA20436
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Those of us who have actually worked with and/or made the mistake of appearing in front of Judge Symons know very well her long (documented) history of unethical behavior. Judge Symons's cares nothing about the litigants who appear before her, she cares only about her personal power and ambitions. There is no justice in her courtroom. The recent public censure that her lawyer negotiated to keep from getting her thrown off the bench is the tip of iceberg. These so called glowing defense attorney reviews are completely fake. Anyone who works as a defense attorney in this town knows that and just about everyone has their own experience with her unethical behavior. She does not belong on the bench.

Other

Comment #: CA20294
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Symons is an respectful officer of the court. Her knowledge of the law, her years of legal experience inside and outside the courtroom,
speaks volumes of the her being fair and impartial when making legal decisions.

Judge Symons willingness to mentor, encourage and inspire someone such as myself, to reach my highest potential, says a lot about her character.
I am honored to learn from her in a classrooom setting as well as out in the field ( in the courtroom). She is someone I will always look up to.

Litigant

Comment #: CA19785
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has just been "severely" censured by the Commission on Judicial Performance. She has no ethics. This discipline by the Commission is one step short of removal from the bench. Those glowing reviews from "criminal defense attorneys" are fake. Defense attorneys here hate her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA19674
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Love this judge! one of the best.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA19572
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A really good judge. Top marks all around.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19270
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Very smart. Follows the laws. Requires litigants to follow rules. Not very lenient on unprepared litigants.

Other

Comment #: CA18920
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge is one of the few who holds serious criminals accountable. If you have a drug problem she gives you just as many chances as you need. She does not believe jail is the answer for an addict or someone arrested only for being under the influence or possession. But if you hurt someone else, like shooting or stabbing them, you’re looking at prison. As it should be! Other judges give probation for shooting someone. Not judge Symons! We need her on the bench!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA18877
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is truly a dangerous unstable person, how she became a Judge is beyond a travesty.

Some reviews here have pointed out that it looks like she has posted her own positive reviews, that must be the case since they all have a view that is so terribly the opposite of reality. Reality is this Judge is a sad, but dangerous mentality sick person.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA18824
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I was in her court to watch a court trial involving a camping on the side walk or obstructing sidewalk ticket. The traffic judge was DQ'd and it was assigned to Judge Symons. Let me start by saying I TOTALLY disagreed with her final decision. However, I was impressed by how she ran the trial. She was polite and patient with everyone. She was obviously surprised when the defendant said she wanted to make an opening statement (they don't do that normally for citations) but allowed her to do so. The Judge did not cut her off, even when she made a long, rambling, political statement about sidewalk camping and police enforcement, rather than an appropriate statement about the facts of the case. The hearing lasted almost 3 hours and at no time did the judge treat anyone inappropriately. She allowed everyone to be heard. She ruled from the bench and carefully explained the analysis behind her decision, which was really helpful. I came away very impressed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA18754
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I am in this judge's courtroom regularly. She is efficient and punctual, which is no small matter. Respecting the time of attorneys and clients matters. Very, very prepared and very smart. She allows both sides to argue their positions and can change her tentative ruling, if persuaded. Always asks defendants if they have any questions before they are excused. A credit to the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA18528
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I think this judge is great!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA18461
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Hard working, fair judge. One of the best on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA17832
Rating:10.0
Comments:
An excellent judge.

Other

Comment #: CA16957
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Symons has great integrity. We are lucky to have her in our judicial system.

Other

Comment #: CA16914
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I am a retired educator and longtime courtroom watcher. I have been in Judge Symons courtroom many times. she is extremely professional and very accomplished. I have never seen her treat anyone with anything but respect. She is a stickler for decorum and won’t let anyone behave inappropriately. she also can’t abide lazy because that means that some poor litigant isn’t getting a fair shake because the lawyer could not be bothered to do a good job. she also has a very quick wit. An excellent judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA16848
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is a complete embarrassment to the Santa Cruz Superior Court !

Just astonishing that she even has this position of unwarranted Honor.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA16834
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I think this judge pours herself a big glass of wine after her dinner, sits down and writes positive reviews about herself here, because the realty of her real self is to difficult for her to face.

Dear Judge S:

It’s not to late in your old age to face yourself, yes it’s difficult, and then at least try to become professional and maybe even with some humanity.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA16832
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The absolute WORST person to be a judge!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA16129
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Judge Symons is very qualified for this position. She is not intimidated by big time loud lawyers and responds with decisiveness and fairness. I say she is a great judge!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15961
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Fair and good judge. Very sharp lady.

Other

Comment #: CA15865
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This lady is a miscarriage of justice.

Other

Comment #: CA15863
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Her courtroom is respectful in every way for everyone in the courtroom including even those being charged with offenses. She is a very fair judge always explaining why and how she is ruling in a particular way. Also explaining in common language and checking in that everyone understands what she is saying.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA15552
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Symons has a terrific temperament. One case that stands out for me is a case in which one of the litigants was pro se. He was not terribly fluent with the pleadings in hearing, and it was obvious that he was very ignorant of the legal process and legal terminology. It was quite refreshing to see Judge Symons take her time with this man to explain things, but at the same time keep the proceedings moving along.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15094
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Ariadne Symons has been on the bench long enough to distinguish truth and justice even in the most complicated of cases. She's very thorough as well as compassionate, and I have both had cases if front of her and observed many others, whether through cases belonging to other lawyers in my firm, by sitting in her courtroom observing matters of interest or having a personal connection with a litigant. Judge Symons is meticulous in considering and weighing the arguments, and shows up well prepared. I have seen many times in hearings when she will give case citations that had not been briefed. This takes a studied, prepared and intelligent judge. We are fortunate to have her on the bench.

Other

Comment #: CA14902
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I was a juror in Judge Symon’s court. She started with a speech about the importance of jury service and the constitution. I was inspired. She ran an efficient, fair courtroom and I enjoyed her wit. I am glad to have served and think she is a very good judge.

Other

Comment #: CA14847
Rating:1.0
Comments:
HORRIBLE.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14838
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Just absolutely amazing, amazing how this judge can be on the bench. What is wrong with our system when a person such as this one can be in such an important position. She is an embarrassment.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14786
Rating:10.0
Comments:
When I appeared before this judge on a family law matter, maybe it was just my case, but it seemed that she worked harder than the lawyers. She was ahead of the curve with everything that was going on.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14600
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Symons bases her rulings only from the facts presented and the law. From my experiences, litigants are guaranteed an even playing field in Symons’ courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14417
Rating:9.8
Comments:
She is smart and completely respectful to counsel. She is very even-handed in her rulings and is not afraid to dig in to the facts of the case. Judge Symons is an absolute pleasure.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14279
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I love appearing in front of this judge! The reason is simple – she knows the rules and she follows them and expects everyone else to know them and follow them also. There are time requirements to file papers and if you don’t file them on time, she won’t consider them. I wish every judge followed the rules like this – other judges don’t, and then opposing counsel’s laziness in filing late makes it an emergency for me to respond and jacks up the emotions unnecessarily. Bravo! – a judge who follows the rules of procedure!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14140
Rating:10.0
Comments:
As a longtime resident of Santa Cruz County I pay close attention to local politics. I too have sat in Judge Symons courtroom many times both as an observer and as a defense attorney. While not all cases have been decided in my client’s favor Judge Symons has always been fair, honest, and willing to call BS when she hears it. I too have read most of her reviews below and can tell you that they are all coming from the same disgruntled person. This single person obviously feels wronged but is too childish to take personal responsibility for his own actions and instead hides behind the veil of the internet. Any real attorney would never leave such vial fake reviews in this forum or in any other. Every person with half a brain can see right through this man’s personal vendetta (Comment CA14091 & CA14089 are 18min apart).

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA14091
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Just today I had the opportunity to sit in her court room for a clients hearing, I was astonished by this judges poor performance. She was consistent in her disregard for procedure, manners, and any form of civility. I read one of the resent reviews, then went back to read older reviews, and I think that one reviewer is correct, she posted or had friends post fake reviews to save her repartition.
Who ever over sees her duties should step in and do something about this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14089
Rating:1.0
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This woman is a discreet to the bench, her mis use of power is beyond belief. She demonstrates no respect for others, and must have some very large self issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14069
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have appeared many times in front of Judge Symons over her four years as a family law judge. It was very clear every time that she had prepared thoroughly by reading the papers files and doing her own research. An unfortunate number of judges just try to ‘wing’ it and bluff their way through, and she never does that. Because she is completely prepared, she expects the attorneys in front of her to be prepared also. I always appreciated that. I also found her open to trying creative solutions to custody and visitation issues, which was refreshing. She clearly understood that her job was to act in the best interests of the child, and not necessarily rule in favor of the better attorney. The only times I observed her to be brusque or cut anyone off was when they were being disrespectful. She challenged parents who were trying to manipulate the kids to hurt each other, which happens a lot. She is one of the best judges on the bench and I would appear in front of her anytime.

Prosecutor

Comment #: CA13994
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I found Judge Symons to be very even minded in her rulings on the bench. She is very thoughtful in her rulings and is willing to listen to all arguments before making a decision. I enjoyed working in her court room when I was a prosecutor.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13974
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Great judicial temperament. Ari Symons will tell you what is concerning for her, but is also usually open to changing her opinion after solid arguments.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13940
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Defense or plaintiff, this is a good judge to be assigned to. She doesn’t put up with shenanigans.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13889
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I think all judges have big egos, but Ms. Symons was very patient and nice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13804
Rating:9.9
Comments:
I have only practiced before Judge Symons a couple of times, but every time has been fantastic. Really a wonderful Judge, very understanding and very reasonable. She is a win win for both parties, plaintiff as well as defendants. We need more like her on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13709
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have appeared many times in front of Judge Symons and have always found her to run a structured courtroom. She can be a bit strict on discovery at times, but that is hardly a bad thing. Symons demonstrates fairness, and her instructions and objections have proved to be well-reasoned.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13580
Rating:10.0
Comments:
My son was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and went in front of Judge Ariadne Symons a while back. This judge I though was fair and compassionate. She saw that my son is a good person.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13496
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I had judge Symons for a family court thing and I thought she was fair and honest. She did cut me off a few times, but I know my emotions were running high. I’m really happy that the outcome was in my favor. Judge Symons let me present my evidence in the exact same way as she let my ex. If you lose a your case I’m sure you would be pissed and maybe talk trash.

Other

Comment #: CA13489
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Most men including myself is entering the quart room on the case with this file regarding custody issues in complete and total fear. The opinion of most men is that the courts ultimately favor the woman in child custody cases. I’m happy to say that Judge Symons never made me feel any bias and handled the case very professionally. I particularly liked the fact that she actually read both notes from myself and the apposing party and gave a fair and balanced judgement.

Other

Comment #: CA13435
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Symons was to inept at Family Court. She overtalks litigants, asks a question, then interrupts the person with more questions before they can answer. She does not either know, or care about the Rules of Evidence. She rules 'her' courtroom like she is the Red Queen, and the litigants are mere peasants. She could not appointed, so she ran for election, got elected on the DV platform, yet treats DV victims as though they are violators. She gets an F-. Not fit for the bench, has major health problems, berates lay people and attorneys.

Other

Comment #: CA13434
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I recently had the opportunity to sit in on a trial in Judge Symons court. What an absolute gift she is to the bench in our community.I have never seen a Judge as professional as she is. She abides by the highest standards , demands no nonsense from the attorneys. She is to be admired.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13360
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Judge Symons has repeatedly demonstrated her willingness and ability to work tirelessly to deliver justice. Counsel knows she will come to court well prepared and that all parties will be heard in a patient and even-handed fashion. She sets a wonderful standard for all participants in the legal process.

Other

Comment #: CA13357
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Judge Symons is thorough and calm. She did rule against me, but I had never been to court before and she was considerate about explaining exactly why the law prevented my case prevailing.

Other

Comment #: CA13284
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have no words for how foul.

Other

Comment #: CA13206
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have seen Judge Symons in action. She is a great judge. Her knowledge of case law cannot be overstated. Complicated cases are handled firmly and fairly. She manages a no nonsense court room and clears cases with efficiency. Judge Symons is a credit to her community.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13186
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Symons is the sharpest, brightest, most pragmatic, conscientious, and seasoned judge on the bench. She is an absolute workhorse! Her knowledge of the law, willingness to listen and ask insightful questions, make her a role model for trial court judges and make us all better lawyers in the process.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13126
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I was scheduled to appear in front of Judge Ariadne Symons for a landlord tenant dispute. Once both sides had a chance to tell our story Judge Symons realizes she had met one of the parties outside of the courtroom in a social setting. She immediately excused herself from the case and another judge took her place. I don’t know how things would have turned out for us if she would have tried the case. However, I greatly appreciated her exceptional commitment to professional and judicial ethics. In my experience if you do not tell the truth in court or if you try and spin your story a good judge will come down hard. This is a very good thing for those of us who have been forced to take someone to court for being deceitful. In the other cases I watched Judge Symons preside over she did not tolerate lies or slack behavior from either side. Santa Cruz County needs more judges like her that don’t take crap in the courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13011
Rating:1.1
Comments:
It pains me to say this judge is a liar, I was in her court on a civil matter, and I personally witnessed her complete lack of respect of others, and her bold ability to out right LIE in the face of hard proven facts. Why she relies on these character traits time and time again, I wonder if this dangerous but to be pitied woman is deeply troubled and in need of professional help. I actually made it a point to sit in her court and view her misjudgment from the bench on several occasions. Why has the Judicial Review Board not taken notice of this blight.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12871
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Not fit for the bench. Makes up for lack of knowledge by berating the side she pre-judges. Lies about having read the file, when the transcripts show she clearly did not. Was rated "not-qualified" by reviewers when she sought to be appointed, then ran with big backers and got elected. She is shameless about lying.

Other

Comment #: CA12472
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She tends to lecture people, talking down to them as she does so. Then, she presumes nefarious motives for whatever she doesn't directly understand. Her judicial temperament is unacceptable.

Other

Comment #: CA12049
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst 'judge' ever.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12047
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I had the opportunity to take this Judge to the California Judical Review Board, which resulted in her response to my complaint by out right lying. Yes she resorted to flat out lying about her outrageous un professionalism in her capacity as a Honorable Judge. It was not her decision from the bench that is in question, it’s her atrocious manner in her performs on the bench, her antics belong in a back ally somewhere occupied by street thugs, or maybe in a cheap bar full of rowdy drunks taking out their personal self doubts with bad behavior.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA11079
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has a chip on her shoulder. More like a boulder. Something is very wrong with this witch. If it's not in her interest- you are screwed, even if you have a great attorney. A despicable wench who should NEVER have been given the Privilege of sitting on the bench overseeing cases.

Other

Comment #: CA11078
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrible. Just absolutely horrible. Marches for women of violent crimes; chimes in about domestic violence, saying men who hit women should be arrested, yet does the complete opposite. She is demon possessed.

Other

Comment #: CA10890
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Get an attorney. I was the victim now turned aggressor due to injustice in Ariadne's court. I have had to hire a lawyer. An expensive great attorney. If you seek justice in her court you must get a lawyer. She is insane.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10878
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Symons was running late on my court date and I was the last case. I came prepared, I was well dressed and ready for anything. Except this rude, uncaring and disrespectful woman who happened to be my judge. She constantly interrupted my answers to her questions and asked me several questions at the same time.
She returned evidence to me without reading it or accepting it. She had already made up her mind without even reviewing the statutes I submitted. If you are seeking justice, do not go into this woman's court.

Other

Comment #: CA10725
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My personal experience of Judge Symons; she is an abusive mental case.

She does not belong on the bench.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10710
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She allows violent criminals to walk free. Did not grant my tro after overwhelming evidence against my criminal brother attacked me n put me in the hospital. She is a farce.

Other

Comment #: CA10001
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have a lot of comments to make about this individual. She appears to be someone who would go to any lengths to rise in position, including spinning facts and running with distortions in details. Her investigator (Steve Smith) used the wrong social security number in a case, when it was discovered to be incorrectly obtained by the investigator (incorrectly obtained from a beneficiary form in a personnel file of a witness) they claimed the witness lied about his social security number and never recanted their mistake, but continued the narrative that the witness lied about the social security number, which the investigator gleaned from a personal file, and was actually the social security number of his beneficiary. They attempted background checks with that incorrect social security number. Why would someone give officials their beneficiary's social security number? The wrong social was placed on subpoenas (which are in possession) for the witnesses academic and personnel files. They would not acknowledge their error, to this day. I offer this as an opinion, you determine what is factual.

Other

Comment #: CA9819
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Symons is a shining star, we need more judges with such an even handed, logical approach to law, everywhere in this Nation.

She's fair and honest, a stickler for the law and the rules. She has the utmost respect for the law and expects other to honor the process as well.

Don't waste her time rambling, be well prepared and have your case organized. Be RESPECTFUL of the law, the courtroom and those within, especially her honor.

DON'T be a wise guy, rude, sloppy - dress appropriately - and remain calm.

If the weight of the law is on your side, you will prevail.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8608
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Make no mistake - Judge Symons is sharp. If she could gain some humanity, patience and empathy she could be a shining star. It is possible to be sharp, efficient and kind at the same time.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8581
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge told me that everyone lies in court and to get over it; she doesn't really care about the facts or just, she cares about efficiency and pushing people through the process. She is despicable.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8567
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have been involved in a family law case for over 5 years including a custody evaluation, professionally supervised visitation, mediation, professionally supervised grandparent visitation, multiple hearings and more. I have been in front of numerous judges including Judge Almquist, Judge Morse (who I commend as well for diligence, competence and understanding of the law), Judge Seigel, and Judge Symons to name a few. The Honorable Judge Ariadne Symons was by FAR one of the most competent, intelligent, industrious, thorough judges I have EVER stood before.
Our file is not only thousands of pages long, but is extremely complex and complicated. Judge Symons demonstrated an incredible amount of knowledge regarding our case, and relevant case law. She takes the law very seriously and demands respect equally to and from everyone in the court room. I have never seen a judge with such with such a thorough understanding and familiarization of our case regarding every single document, piece of evidence, person, place, time, etc. This judge does her homework, knows the law and will apply relevant case law better than I have ever seen. When a document was referenced to by myself or the opposing counsel, it was immediately recognized, already deeply familiarized, and instantly referenced back to by her with detailed notes and relevant case law as she went through our stacks and stacks and stacks of files.... It was absolutely incredible to see a judge be so thorough in such a complex case after what I have been through in the Santa Cruz county court system.
She is one seeking to bring true justice back into the Santa Cruz court system and I am so thankful to have such an admirable and honorable judge on the stand. If you want to do will with this judge, I recommend following the law, being honest at all costs, be professional, be prepared and be respectful not only to her, but everyone. She has the utmost integrity, and respect, is highly intelligent, fair, courteous and upholds the law in a accurately and in a commendable manner. She truly is making a positive difference in our court system, our county and in people's lives and is an asset to our court system. Thank you Judge Symons for your competence, incredibly industrious work ethic, fairness and knowledge of the law you have brought to our legal system.

Other

Comment #: CA8318
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge in my opinion is on a power trip to be Judge Judy. Of course she has a tough job but she does not rule fairly. She is hard nosed and does not look at a case on an individual basis but rather "the law says" approach and we all know there are so many extenuating circumstances in each case and she needs to rule using that rather than a one crime fits all approach.

She ruled in my grandson's case giving him 9 yrs for a Mayhem charge because he cut a man's lip who is a repeat sex offender, homeless, child molester, and a he was left with barely a visible scar on his lip.
My grandson was 17, no priors, not gang related, and he received a longer sentence than a murder in many cases. A sentence to fit his crime should have been more like 4 yrs and she gave him 9 yrs. while the sex offender raping women in Santa Cruz continues to be released on the streets. That is not justice and she should not be allowed to sit in judgement if she can not be fair. I have been in the Santa Cruz Court rooms and they are a Zoo. People going in and out, talking while court is in session, it is chaos and I am sorely disappointed in their conduct. I have written to the D.A.'s office multiple times and no one there ever responds to my emails. No one ever answers the phone. What does this say about our justice for the people system. It is truly a joke! It is all about the deals made over lunch and who scratches who's ego.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8175
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is a stickler and she literally translates the law yet she ignores the violation of rights by her colleagues. She will never speak up to assure justice prevails.

Other

Comment #: CA7852
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge has the utmost integrity, respect and is right on in every session! She knows the law and is making a difference! Thank you!

Other

Comment #: CA7837
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge is so impressive. She is sharp, competent, courteous, fair, effective, productive and upholds the law. She does not tolerate disrespect in her courtroom and expects all parties to be civil and prepared while in session. Truly an asset in our County!!!

Other

Comment #: CA7834
Rating:10.0
Comments:
She has been absolutely more than fair in my daughter's case. She seems impatient at times, and does not suffer fool or foolish comments.
Be prepared when you come into her courtroom, it's COURT, act accordingly!! She's not your momma!

Other

Comment #: CA7653
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She will take advantage of a litigant self represented and all alone. She likes to move things along whatever the cost and refuses to really listen to both sides in a balanced manner. She is the only other judge in family court now except for the dishonorable dishonest Almquist, who's a complete failure. Try to move your case to Santa Clara County for a fair trial. There is no justice in Santa Cruz.

Litigant

Comment #: CA7167
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Intemperate Conduct all day. Leads the witness, bullying, will cut you off mid sentence if she feels she needs to, it’s her court like a tyrant. She makes it seem as though she is just being tough but professionals no better. She’s a bully, too bad for the under privileged. I heard her say one time, “Everyone who is in here (court room) is a loser.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5958
Rating:2.0
Comments:
I am extremely disappointed in Judge Symons' performance She displayed minimal understanding of the family code, which is understandable considering her newness to this court. However, she had complete disregard for the rules of evidence, which she should know coming from the criminal court. She encourages tawdry libelous accusations rather than disallowing it in order to maintain a civil atmosphere. The law can be applied to provable facts. If the rules of evidence are not adhered to, then "anything goes" and the family law circus begins.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4888
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Here's a tip: if you have to appear before Judge Symons, go by the book. She is a stickler for the rules, and expects you to know them and to follow them. Show up on time, be professional, and be well prepared and you'll do fine.

She is very smart and amazingly industrious. You can count on her to have researched the law on which she bases each decision more thoroughly than you have, and to be correct in her ruling. She is generally pleasant, but she runs a very tight ship and has no problem telling anyone when they are out of line. (Sharply.)

Even so, I would take Judge Symons any day. At least, any day that I don't have to argue a position of questionable merit.