Hon. Timothy J. Stafford See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Timothy J. Stafford


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11313
Rating:6.2
Comments:
I had a sister state judgment that was assigned to Judge Stafford’s dept.

The judgment was against Defendants who had defrauded several elderly widows, and had used the the proceeds to buy a whole life policy through an insurance company doing business in California.

I sought an order attaching the proceeds of the policy, which were payable to the Defendants.

After we served the Defendants, who failed to appear or object, the Judge came up with a flimsy, hyper technical law school argument on jurisdiction to deny the attachment order.
Rather than compensate the victims of a documented fraud, the judge chose to make an argument for the scammers to protect them and their ill gotten money.
This was the most pro Defendant ruling I have received in 25 years of practice. Judge Stafford showed no compassion for the victims, and chose to protect the assets of the crooks based on a misreading of International Shoe and its progeny.

If you are bringing a Plaintiff’s case, you should challenge Judge Stafford and get another judge assigned to your case.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10929
Rating:2.0
Comments:
I filed for a restraining order and was denied my request. The worst part was during the ruling, the judge made sexually derogatory remarks against me as a woman, calling me the "prettiest girl in school" who "just liked the attention." It was beyond degrading and offensive and made me feel that he had not listened to my 2 hours of testimony or took any of the evidence seriously, and instead just judged me on my appearance. Like everyone else. Including the jerk I was trying to get the restraining order against.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10827
Rating:1.1
Comments:
We all need to file complaints with Judicial Council and drain the swamp. Stafford forgot that We The People own the court...We the People over government and people who take oaths to protect the people of CA.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10338
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My case was for a simple restraining order. This judge let this case go on to calender allowing the defense to talk about things totally irrelavent to the case. In turn making me feel like the respondent in the case instead of the petitioner. Of course his rule was denial due to conflicting stories. Thanks to the Judges decision this man continnues to stalk me and has me continually looking over my shoulder in fear. NO WAY TO LIVE. UN FAIR NO JUSTICE IN COURTROOM C66!

Other

Comment #: CA10195
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is ready for retirement. He absolutely does not follow the law. He is interrupts in presenting case, and even blatantly shows outward bias which should never happen. The Judge is the trier of facts; however, he prosecutes the case for his favorable Atty's he is friends with. His posture is very telling as to which side he will be protecting, but not only that, his Clerk teams up with him against any adversary. The Rules and Procedure are lost in Dept. C66 therefore, you don't have a chance for a fair hearing. Its time for retirement. Unbelievable! Shocking!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7973
Rating:4.8
Comments:
I appeared for a simple Motion this past week before this Judge. It was a busy law and motion calendar. We ended up being the last case called. But, I observed this Judge lacking the ability to control arguments between opposing side- he would let each side ramble on and on on the same exact points. He also seemed unfamiliar with the motions before him-including my motion and I had to explain the whole motion as if he never read the moving papers beforehand. I also noticed the prior moving parties ahead of me had to also explain their motions to this Judge (as if he had not read the moving papers ahead of time)-this just made the calendar longer than it should have been. On my unopposed motion, he allowed the opposing side to argue his "opposition" on issues that were totally irrelevant to the motion at hand- I found that frustrating that this Judge allowed this. I think how this Judge runs things is very inefficient.

Other

Comment #: CA7849
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge is completely out of his mind. At one hearing his upset with the other party and gives strict warning not to violate, and at the next hearing you get his Clerk all angry at us before we even enter the Court Room. The end result is that our Daughter did not get a fair hearing. We are going to the media with this and we will take all the evidence with us including the transcript of the last hearing. No one should have to put up with this kind of abuse.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7567
Rating:1.0
Comments:
wow, I was warned in the hallway and was the person i spoke to right. Stafford walks into the courtroom in a blur fumbles through his paperwork... the clerk dictated the entire hearing..I do not believe this judge even knew what was happening with our case and shotgunned out comments, we were not even sure he knew the laws pertaining our case, ruled against us with no reason.. little to say except.."get out of my courtroom" The case before us the person asked him "i need the order that shows these people can take money out of my account" the reply; a death stare and the answer was; go downstairs to records and find it yourself good day...RECALL!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7447
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Never seen anything like this ever! Total disregard for the rules.

Other

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

Other

Comment #: CA7017
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.