Hon. James E. Oakley See Rating Details
Superior Court
Madera County
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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)

What others have said about Hon. James E. Oakley


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3378
Rating:Not Rated
Had a contempt trial years ago. Although I had an order signed by Judge Morrison (Humboldt) this was challenged
as perhaps not a valid order. The DA
claimed to have no memory, but I did.
[Judge Oakly disclosed he had performed the marriage ceremony for the DDA.]
While the ruling may have been OK, he
stated "No wilful failure to honor a VALID court order." Funny thing, I had used his office (before his judgship) to cut and paste the order, which he didn't know, but his secretary who helped me & I did know. So the Order perfected in his private practice office, and was a valid, signed order.

Years later the law was clarified in City of Garden Grove & we were correct before our time. No problem I always liked Jim.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1483
Judge Oakley is a good judge; however, sometimes he permits attorneys to keep arguing. This creates the impressiion the last attorney talking wins the argument, even though tht is probably not the case.