Hon. James J. Di Cesare 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)

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What others have said about Hon. James J. Di Cesare


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA38737
Get ready to waste your client's money! Will post tentative rulings continuing the hearing outside the courtroom door about five minutes before the hearing starts and, if you ever get to trial after all the delays, you only get three days per week. That's right, a 10-day trial will last four weeks in his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA34706
While I like this judge and probably would keep if assigned again, he was not kind to my clients. They were sued by a crazy person, who had a lazy pseudo attorney from Sherman Oaks that just wanted to squeeze money (yet turned down the only chance to do it) out of 2 people in their 80's. This judge let the case drag on and on, costing these defendants time and money when they should have been enjoying sunset years. The case went on for over 3 years of stupidity and insanity (not from the judge, but) because the judge was soft hearted and wanted to let the crazy person have her day in court. She got a continuance once because a psychologist wrote a letter saying she was stressed out by having to go to trial. EVERYONE is stressed out having to go to trial. This case went on beyond all reason because the judge did not take the reins and direct it where it should go, the dumpster. Ultimately, it was assigned to another judge for trial and plaintiff failed to show up. My clients suffered because there was no control exercised over the case by the judge. If you read the complaint, you could see there was no case, it was babble. Having said all that, this judge is a really nice guy and will treat you and your client with respect and courtesy every minute in his courtroom. I believe he reads all the papers submitted before ruling, and he applies the law to the facts intelligently, and with compassion. Excellent explanations in tentative rulings. (do research from them!) He is easy to get a continuance from if you need one. He is user friendly. If you are considering a 170.6, there is an 85% chance you will do worse, maybe 90%.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA22204
Agreed. The Judge is a gentleman and well prepared. Tentative rulings are succinct and on point. And courtroom staff are super helpful and nice. I wish every courtroom operated like this.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5634
If you are a trial lawyer, you will appreciate this courtroom as everyone in it is a total professional. Judge DiCesare is a wonderful judge. He is stickler for formality in the courtroom but allows you to try your case. Juries love him. He is fair and evenhanded in rulings. I would agree with the other comments, one of the best judges I have ever dealt with.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1869
Hands down, best judge ever. Trial was actually a pleasure. Excellent court room staff, too.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1554
It was an absolute pleasure to try a case before Judge Di Cesare. Gracious to a fault, yet firm in his judgment.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1362
Good judge and well-liked in Orange County.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA127
Another excellent judge!