Hon. Kelly L Neel See Rating Details
Superior Court
Humboldt County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.6 - 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. Kelly L Neel



Comment #: CA43700
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Neel does not comply with the judicial assignments and rotations. Humboldt County recently had rotations and all of the Family Law Cases were assigned to Killorians Courtroom. Judge Neel was assigned to the Criminal Matters yet she kept one Family Law Case citing judicial interest in the matter. It's inappropriate that a family law case with sensitive information involving a minor child is being heard among Criminal Proceedings. Judge Neel cites the minor child's name when calling the matter in the presence of criminals that are pending arraignment. This is also inappropriate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA43679
Judge Neel had no experience in civil litigation when she was appointed to the bench and it seemed she initially tried to work to learn it. But unfortunately she is a lazy judge and would prefer to rule without doing research or observing the law whoever makes the argument she likes and the one that will clear her desk is the one who will win in her court.


Comment #: CA43312
[Redacted] She worked in the District Attorney's Office in Humboldt County from 2012-2015. There she mostly handled sexual assault cases involving minors. She never held into account Christopher Fosnaugh who raped and impregnated two separate children spanning the dates she was in office. She is now presiding over the Family Law Case wherein the rapist is seeking custody. She has determined that the 12 year old child that was raped and impregnated was in a consenting relationship with the man 6 years her senior. This is unacceptable.


Comment #: CA43100
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Neel protects Child Rapists who impregnate children as young as aged 12, in Humboldt County. She does not protect the rights of victims seeking safety and accountability.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA34700
While Judge Neel has not ruled for or against any of my clients, I have had the opportunity to observe her and I am extremely impressed. Judge Neel consistently displays a level of patience, diplomacy, and thoughtfulness. She is friendly but not a pushover. I have watched her handle very difficult litigants with more patience and respect than would be expected of most judicial officers.