Hon. Timothy J. Stafford See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 5 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)

What others have said about Hon. Timothy J. Stafford


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7447
Never seen anything like this ever! Total disregard for the rules.


Comment #: CA7435
Rating:Not Rated
Terrible get a different judge rigged courtroom clerk runs the show doesn't know the laws


Comment #: CA7017
Worst! He has no control of his courtroom, keeps litigants waiting while he tries to figure out the pleadings....during the hearing no less and allows attorneys to file known forgeries because he is friends with them. Clueless, I believe he has a two digit IQ.He forgets to rule and has no concept of the laws.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6617
This judge is less competent than most, even in Orange County. I had a small (two hour) trial last week before him, and even though I won (because there had been a prior dismissal with prejudice in the file), it took him ages to figure that out. We should be seeing him spend the duration of his career on the bench in limited civil. Doesn't have the brain power to go higher.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6497
Well, he's been on the bench for a year now, and he still can't seem to figure out the role of "judge." He lets his clerk run the court and she tells him what to do -- even on rulings on contested matters. This is good if you are doing something routine and bad if you need a judge who thinks.

The only way to deal with this situation is to walk in and immediately take control of the courtroom yourself.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6239
Knows very little about the cases he handles. Does not read the papers and just "wings it" when he takes the bench. There's a reason they put him in civil limited -- he's not very bright which means, I guess, that he will probably be there for a very long time.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6090
I wish there were a rating of zero out of ten or something below zero, i.e., a negative number -- this judge doesn't deserve the "1." Ding him straight away.