Hon. Lydia M. Villarreal See Rating Details
Superior Court
Monterey County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.6 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Lydia M. Villarreal


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA25977
If you represent a plaintiff, you cannot do better. If you represent a defendant, you could not do worse.


Comment #: CA10799
She has ruled to place a VIOLENT RAPIST in my neighborhood, endangering the lives and well being of me, my children and my neighbors. She has not done her due diligence, placing a VIOLENT SEXUAL PREDATOR into a community where he has no job prospect, no family, limited resources and right in front of a school bus stop for children. She needs to follow the law and require a placement be found for him in his county, or he be returned to Coalinga State Hospital.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6805
As civil litigator, I have no opinion regarding criminal matters. However, I have tried a case before her and she was fair and even-handed and patient. I proposed fairly complicated grounds for recovery and she quickly understood my points. She gets extra points for issuing a speedy decision.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6654
Lacks the intellectual capacity to grasp complex ideas, lacks understanding of civil rules. lazy and really unsuited for complicated civil litigation.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1643
Avoid Judge Villareal as you would a rattle snake


Comment #: CA1642
One of the worst judges I have ever encountered. She denied my petition for change of venue from Monterey where I was sued to my own county of Santa Clara. On Aug 5,11, She refused to hear an opposition I had filed to continue case until my opposition was heard. She blatantly sided with the opposing party