Hon. Michele M. Castillo See Rating Details
Superior Court
Ventura County
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Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 2 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. Michele M. Castillo



Comment #: CA40011
Judge Castillo is the only judge who saw through my abuser's lies and truly helped me. Other judges believe his lies, and he's used the courts to punish me for years after Castillo granted my TRO. I don't understand why judges automatically disbelieve victims of crime, and no amount of evidence ever seems like enough. Castillo carefully listened during my abuser's testimony and caught him in lie after lie. She understood the nuances of the case and her ruling brought me some sense of peace in my life.

I don't understand the motivation that other judges have to automatically believe my perpetrator. It seems like they want to move the case along quickly, and that means by denying all my claims. They simply don't care. Perhaps the bias is because those other judges are white and male. Those judges failed me and hurt me. Castillo didn't fall for any of that. She actually made a difference in my life.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA34570
She is outstanding. So calm and fair.


Comment #: CA31765
Judge Castillo was the only judge who really listened and got it right out of years of litigation, stalking, and harassment, and now legal abuse from my perpetrator. Her ruling was spot on and I have so much respect for her. I know other attorneys hold her in high respect as well. It is telling that she has no negative comments here despite being a judge for many years.