Hon. Timothy R. Volkmann See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Cruz County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.1 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 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. Timothy R. Volkmann


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA32220
I do not know who is posting the negative comments. Judge Volkmann is one of the best judge's before whom I have appeared. He should be on the Court of Appeals.


Comment #: CA31248
Very bias and condericting. He says one thing and then he will switch Up on you. Very clique and seems to be on a ego trip and thinks he's above the law and they don't applied in his court room. He likes his job as pupetmaster over people's lives alittle to much and loves to ripe families apart. He doesn't judge by the edivence he just goes by what ever he feels

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA27889
With a friendly smile and a polite comment he will make a judgement completely contrary to established law, and leaves all of his audience to wonder if he is a well person or maybe just inflicted with the disease of a judge with bias.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA16835
Something is terribly wrong about this man. Not only creepy, but he reminds me of someone that is not to be trusted. This man reminds one of what we have read about in history books, those connected and less than honest judges from 1930s Chicago.


Comment #: CA13896
This judge is doing well. He should continue to show concern for the defense and mercy for the people. A bit conservative however, respect this guy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13012
A judge of questionable honesty, I believe on several occasions I saw his ability to take advantage of the position to possibly profit personally/or for the benefit of friends. I actually brought this to the attention of the court, but even though my facts were upheld as totally with merit, no disciplinary actions was taken, except for a referral to the Judicial Review Board in San Francisco.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12137
This judge will, with a big smile, and pleasant words, he will hand down judgments that defie reason or law, and its obvious he is motivated by pressures and/or impulses that are driven by his own needs. An observer wonders how he consistently gets away with this bad behavior.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12052
This individual should not be in the capacity as a Honorable Judge. He makes his decisions on the bench with seffish self interest as a motivator, I personally witnessed him do a “favor” for a personal friend with a friendly verdict that was blatantly biased......it was against all testimony and evidence including written and signed admissions of guilt from his friend. The judge openly admitted in court knowing his friend, calling him my personal friend.

This Judge has also dishonorably ruled against rules of established laws in cases concerning the maintenance of peace and civility on many occasions concerning support of Santa Cruz Police Officers in their duties serving the public.

At some point he will be recognized as the blight on the bench in Santa Cruz county.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7178
A very nice man, but definitely on the defense end. He will ignore black letter law to assure the defense gets a break, but he will do it very nicely with a smile on his face.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4332
A bright and shining light in an otherwise dark and dismal landscape.