Hon. Andrew P. Banks See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange 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. Andrew P. Banks


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9952
Is always the smartest person in the room. Just ask him. Most biased judge I have seen in 37 years of practice. I would have reported him to Commission on Judicial Performance but my partners didn't want the publicity.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9936
Says "It's OK to go to trial," but does not really mean it. Decides without the benefit of evidence who's case he likes and browbeats the other party. Seems to thinks he is smarter than everyone and condescends to the litigators whom he seems to believe to be stupid.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9583
Rating:Not Rated
Seems he is a racist and very much defense oriented. He discriminates without hesitation and disregards credible evidence.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8698
Overall, one of the best in my 35 plus years as a litigator. He has his blind spots, but knows what is was like to be a civil litigator and works hard to be fair to both sides. Refreshing, he abides by the evidence code, will put you through your paces when opponent objects.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7818
I say with all sincerity, Judge Banks gets something in his head and no matter what, or how wrong his presumption is, he cannot stand back open his mind to the possibility that there is another side to the matter. His demeanor on discovery issues is extreme for those (defendants) that dont comply to the letter of the law.

If you have civil lit in front of him, he has no tolerance for Motions necessary to compel, regardless of the arguements. There is no middle ground. It saddens me that people like this, I mean individuals who have this power don't have to answer for it. I respect his job, just not the way he's doing it, and he is rather F U attitude with the "take it up if you don't like it", meaning appeal, is just sad.

In my case there wasn't even a single ounce of effort to resolve the matter neutrally, but rather two sanctions equaling $12,000 on a simple breach of a lease case. Its daunting, to figure it out.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6479
Smarmy self important moron, whose rulings seem like they were created by a random bad ruling generation machine. Crazed discovery rulings, impossible scheduling, illogical calendaring. Strangely enough he has practiced law before. I've settled cases where my client was 100% right because of the "bad ruling factor" which permeates his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6462
Should NOT be a judge. Lacks proper judicial temperament and demeanor. Has lost touch with reality and the practice of law. Attempts to avoid reversal and hides his lack of preparation by improperly posturing hearings when he knows he's patently abusing his discretion and violating common, long established precedent. In doing so, denies parties their fundamental due process rights. Incessant references and colloquialisms to his origins in the South that are unfit for judicial officers.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5808
"It's OK to go to Trial" just about says it all. Judge Banks is one of the best (if not the best) judges on the bench anywhere. I have had several jury trials with him and enjoy the experience. He is obviously in control of his court, and he knows the case he is trying. He is smart and doesn't put up with argument that is clearly in error. He lets us try our case with the issues we have developed and does not try to insert his own theory of the case.If you can't tell, I am a great fan and wish all my Judges could go to the "Andy Banks School of Judging".

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5276
Rating:Not Rated
This is a very very smart judge. There will be no pulling the wool over his eyes by either lawyers or witnesses. He is social, wise and concerned much more about the law than the lawyer -- but he is respectful and forgets nothing. I give him a thumbs up !

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3540
Andy Banks is an imperious jurist who thinks he should be on the Court of Appeal. It takes six months to get a motion heard and he routinely refuses to consider ex parte relief. He treats most attorneys with a level of contempt, except for those of his friends who he fawns over like a schoolgirl with a crush. If I ever draw him again, I will file my ยง 170.6 motion the same day.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3227
at this stage of the game, he is an ok, easy going dude. much better than some of the other wannabe Gods.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1930
His motion calendar is backed up. But other than that he is extremely generous to counsel, remembers what its like to practice law, and very good with law and rulings. I wish there were more trial judges like him. Would make a good pick for court of appeal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1126
Scheduling motions you will find that motion dates are about 120 days out, motions for summary judgment are about 210 days out. And he doesn't order any mediation or MSC. Seems like if you want to litigate your case you are out of luck, he keeps his courtroom pretty inaccessible except for status hearings and trial.