Hon. Martha K Gooding See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.5 - 2 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Martha K Gooding



Comment #: CA21067
Rating:Not Rated
She mistepped her authority; She caused additional legal time to try to cover herself up; She tried to block standard procedure from occurring and then denied it happened only to change her mind after threat of an appeal which would harm what I understand her desire to become a higher ranking judgeship appointment; This caused additional tens of thousands of dollars for both sides; She didn't even take into account the circumstances/facts and has caused a long time OC successful business to go down hill. In fact, she said she didn't care----money is no reason to stop what I'm doing (to paraphrase).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA16237
When her law clerks are wrong in their tentatives, she will read the papers and come to the reasonable conclusion based on the controlling decisions. She is not inflexible.


Comment #: CA16125
Terrible and unfair. She made ruling based on the defendant's lies without any actual evidence.
The judgement is ridiculous.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9485
Very smart yet extremely stubborn and technical. Her courtroom is unlike any other in Orange County. She treats the new demurrer meet and confer requirement unlike any other judge. She spends time writing the tentative rulings and has been proven wrong numerous time in court, yet refuses to change her mind even when it is so obvious, even to courtroom observers that she is wrong. Sadly, she is smart enough that she realizes she is wrong but just refuses to admit such mistakes.