Hon. Julie A. Palafox See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.1 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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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Other

Comment #: CA23753
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I’ve observed Judge Palafox in court several times. She is inconsistent, pays zero attention to testimony, forgets what she says, doesn’t read or prepare for her daily hearings. All around, seems very inexperienced and weak when it comes to running a courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA23715
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Seems to just refer to the cci report. She does not seem able to make a decision. Also she makes one decision and then another contradicting the first one. Very scattered! I would advise anyone to find a judge with more experience. Unfortunately children are hurt by her bad decisions. Or lack of them!

Other

Comment #: CA22474
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Mrs. Palafox has no business presiding over living and breathing children.

Litigant

Comment #: CA22458
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is very young. Doesn’t know the law

Other

Comment #: CA18002
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Julie Palafox has destroyed my life. I lost custody of my children on a ex-party for allegedly discussing finances with them.

According to court transcripts Judge Julie Palafox from the OC Superior Court stated that my children "will continue to suffer if they are exposed to the financial issues between their parents” that “It is our responsibility as their parent is to protect them from these issues until they are adults” and this is in the “child's best interest".

Two 730 custody evaluations were completed and filed with the court, both recommending immediate return of 50/50 custody of my children, but Judge Julie Palafox completely ignored them.

My parents regularly told me what they could and couldn't afford, and that the Fourteenth Amendment is supposed to protect a parents right to care, custody, control, and possession of the child free from unwarranted government interference. In this courtroom Judge Palafox is KING, and what she says goes.

I have filed 3 complaints with the Commission on Judicial Performance asking for an investigation for judicial misconduct.

Other

Comment #: CA17696
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Sickened by this judge. She changes her mind and forgets your case, and calls the victim liars even in cases of abuse. She tends to have favorites and totally DISRESPECTS people for no reason even when the person is innocent. She has bad moods and its very concerning. She ignores abuse and just does whatever she wants. I thought she cared about the kids but she does not. She just gets on power trips and it just affects her judgements. She does favor clean cut looking good looking men. Allows them to get away with abuse.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA16862
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrible judge!! How she was appointed this position is beyond me! She clearly is a miserable woman and should be no where near a family court.

Other

Comment #: CA12716
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A man hater out to get even with the man that did her wrong by punishing all the men that come into her court room

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12715
Rating:2.3
Comments:
In my husbands trial she took 5 months to submit a de isoon and she had the opposing parties attorney write it up. She is lazy and does not care

Other

Comment #: CA12714
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She allows one attorney from your trial to write her decision for her. She is lazy and unethical

Other

Comment #: CA12623
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have been witnessing a family law custody case for over a year in Julie Palafox’s court. She has told both parties fighting to properly file evidence against each other, which the plaintiff side has, yet Palafox doesn’t even allow for the evidence to be discussed or reviewed. Currently, the ex-wife accused the ex-husband of domestic violence yet he was never arrested. No police were ever called. No proof whatsoever, just a verbal accusation and Palafox granted full custody to the mother and ordered the father to 1 year of DV classes and revoked visitation with his child and granted a restraining order for mother and child. The father has provided videos of the child begging him not to make her go with her alcoholic abusive mother and Palafox turns her cheek. WORST JUDGE EVER! This is why children get hurt. Too many people in power in our courtrooms who absolutely do not belong anywhere near practicing law!