Hon. Timothy J. Stafford See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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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 #: 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.