Hon. John M. True III See Rating Details
Superior Court
Alameda County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.8 - 6 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. John M. True III


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6472
Abusive to out-of-town counsel - both sides in my experience - and made multiple errors of law on two motions. If I ever draw him again, I would paper him in a heartbeat.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2917
Does appear to be lazy and unwilling to extend himself to get cases settled at an early stage.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1735
Judge True frequently gets basic law wrong and has difficulty keeping track of cross-complaints in multiple party complex litigation. His laziness shows when he asks staff attorneys to bring him law and motion papers that he clearly is seeing for the first time -- on the day of the hearing despite issuing a nonsensical tentative ruling that contradicts clear and unambiguous California law. To boot, his staff attorneys are not licensed in California but rather other states.