Hon. Vanessa W Vallarta See Rating Details
Superior Court
Monterey 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Vanessa W Vallarta


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19878
This judge is highly sensitive to the needs of all who come before her. Sympathetic, flexible, astute, and a hard worker, she certainly rates within the top 10% judges of I have experienced during 53+ years of trial practice in 21 jurisdictions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12808
I am an out of town lawyer and thus had no prior involvement with Judge Vallarta. Her demeanor is perfect. She is pleasant, listens to everything you have to say, if she disagrees or engages in discussion she is courteous and thoughtful. She offered her initial inclination to deny my motion but, as it was an ex parte application, took the time to review the documents and to do the research and then returned explaining, very clearly, how she had come to the decision to grant my request. I may be biased because she ruled in my favor, but I was there for more than this application and my observation is that if your case is assigned to Judge Vallarta, win or lose, you will not only get a fair shake but you will be treated with courtesy and respect for your position. Very intelligent and articulate Judge.


Comment #: CA8572
Rating:Not Rated
This judge literally has no idea what she's doing when it comes to domestic violence situations. The only thing She accomplished was convincing the alleged victim (me) never to call the cops during a domestic violence dispute again for fear of being treated the way I was treated in Villarte's courtroom. She put financial and emotional stress on me and my family. I was wrongly handcuffed/confined for not testifying against my husband.

I think the whole case was handled very poorly by this judge. I'm not even angry about the substantial fine I (the alleged victim) came out of the case with, though that's absolutely ridiculous and no legal advisor I've been to in the last few weeks has heard of an outcome like this in a DV case. I was not offered representation and had no legal advice to help me through.