Hon. Timothy R. Volkmann See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Cruz County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.9 - 4 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. Timothy R. Volkmann


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.