Hon. Pamela L. Butler See Rating Details
Superior Court
Monterey County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.5 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Pamela L. Butler


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA24728
Rating:Not Rated
I try to do as little as possible in her courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA13846
Rating:Not Rated
She is absolutely horrible and an abomination. I cannot stand her antics. People deserve better. She is one of the worst judges I have seen in over 25 years of practice as both a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer. I refuse to do anything in front of her. I do not need the aggravation.


Comment #: CA13545
Rating:Not Rated
As a retired prosecutor I do agree with the negative sentiment expressed in these ratings. I do find a lot of fault with her demeanor. It is inexcusable and troubling. A lot of people have voiced similar complaints about her. Unfortunately, there has been no improvement in that area.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA13383
An excellent and fair minded judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA13382
I agree with the sentiment here by others. A horrible judge if you are on the defense. Avoid if at all possible.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12182
Rating:Not Rated
Here presence on the bench makes me sick and a lot of lawyers whether they are prosecutors or defense attorneys share that sentiment. I avoid her courtroom. I would much rather appear in a courtroom where a judge will treat all the individuals (prosecutors, defense attorneys, litigants, court personnel) with proper dignity and respect. I with deep regret do not find those attributes in her courtroom and it is very disturbing. Sad but true.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA11654
Rating:Not Rated
I do not like appearing in front of her and I avoid her. I have never had a positive experience in that courtroom in my many years of practice in Monterey County. It is not worth the aggravation


Comment #: CA9993
Rating:Not Rated
One of the worst courtrooms that I have ever been in. I found some of her actions personally and professionally offensive.