Hon. Melissa R. McCormick See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.4 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA22368
Rating:1.7
Comments:
The latest review on July 1 was probably written by the judge herself. The previous two reviews are more accurate. Just go on benchreporter, look up the tentative history and you'll not only see she decides matters the same way over and over; you'll also note the same templates are used over and over! No way to argue her off the tentative. Provisional remedies are rarely if ever granted, and certainly not ex parte. An evident pro defense bias, actually apologized to defense counsel when relief for my plaintiff client was mandatory. If you're defense counsel, you'll be fine in this department as long as your particular case doesn't require any provisional remedies or other ruling requiring judicial fortitude. If you're plaintiff, probably best to 170.6 and take your chances elsewhere.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA21484
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I was very impressed with Judge McCormick, a hard working, industrious, fair and knowledgeable judge who follows the law. She has excellent judicial temperament and is flexible in scheduling.

Other

Comment #: CA13317
Rating:2.0
Comments:
What a joke! Totally ignored proper evidence I may lose my home because of her not considering the facts of my case Someone needs to challenge her judgeship

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13048
Rating:7.5
Comments:
Overall, she is a pretty good judge, but she just will not take a stand against bad litigation behavior. She is intelligent and industrious. She gives the appearance of being "no-nonsense," but then fails to assert her authority and put proper controls on abusive attorneys and parties. She appears to make a genuine effort to be fair and to let everyone have their say. But in striving to give tempered rulings, the practical effect is to allow abusive parties and attorneys to run wild. Since it is usually civil defense attorneys that have an interest in protracting litigation and filing abusive motions, they seem to be the side that benefits from her tendency to indulge bad behavior. In my personal experience, I have had two cases with her where the defense attorneys were out of control, taking absurd positions, filing pointless motions and generally trying to endlessly delay very simple, straight-forward cases. She just would not take a stand and put a stop to the gamesmanship. For example, she let the defense attorneys move trial dates, take multi-day depositions, file over-sized briefs and tolerated discovery motions on very petty, faux-disputes about totally inconsequential matters. Otherwise, she is a good judge and you could do far, far worse.