Hon. Geoffrey T. Glass See Rating Details
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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. Geoffrey T. Glass


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10286
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Judge Glass is living proof that California has no effective mechanism for eliminating terrible judges. He is utterly disrespectful of all attorneys virtually all of the time. Trying a case before Judge Glass is a nightmare. He will interrupt counsel and argue with counsel about the relevance of the questioning, and often will take over the questioning himself -- and proceed to utterly derail the case. In both trial and law and motion, things that should take minutes will take vastly longer. Never has a Judge liked to hear himself talk more than Judge Glass. He is rude to the point of absurdity and really does need to quit the bench. Awful Judge.

Other

Comment #: CA10146
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Excellent judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10105
Rating:1.3
Comments:
OMG! I should have read the comments before appearing. Bombastic. Pompous. Loves to hear himself pontificate. Does not know civil procedure. Meanders in his out-loud reasoning. RUDE to everyone. And, took the bench 43 minutes late -- and because of his meanderings, took 10 times the necessary time to handle each matter called. Paper him because he is totally unpredictable and you don't want to be on the receiving end of his wrath.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10034
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Be prepared to block out your entire morning for a simple CMC or ADR review. He is incredibly rude for absolutely no reason. He loves to hear himself talk and will blather on for 45 minutes about absolutely nothing. He will ponder basic legal concepts out loud, ask questions which you would think require an answer but, no, those are just rhetorical questions to which he will mull over then either come to no conclusion or the wrong one. I had to spend 2.5 hours in his courtroom and I wanted to kill myself. You need to bounce him IMMEDIATELY. A horrendous human being and even worse jurist. He is up for reelection in 2019, for the love of God someone, ANYONE, please run against him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9887
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If there is more cretinous judicial officer in the State, I would be surprised. He is arrogant, to the point of pure assholishness. He can't grasp the most basic legal concepts. He doesn't read the papers. He keeps everybody waiting for a minimum 30-45 minutes. His judicial temperament is abysmal. Other than that, I hear he's a nice guy in person. What a putz!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9661
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This tool is always at least 30 minutes late taking the bench. Then he insists on taking trial call before hearing simple CMCs. Even worse, he doesn't just ask if they're ready for trial, he starts running through procedural issues that have been raised by the parties. He has ZERO consideration for efficiency or the money he's costing every single client who is paying an attorney to sit through his blather.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8994
Rating:2.7
Comments:
He just loves to hear himself talk and loves cornering lawyers for no reason. He also loves asking questions, then incessantly cuts attorneys off who are trying to answer but need to lay some background so the answer makes sense. He's so asinine during his status conference calendar. He'll spend 10 minutes discussing a matter just to come to the conclusion that the matter is not at issue and needs to be continued for 60 days. He'll also set useless status conferences every 60-90 days when the matter has been stayed for arbitration. During oral arguments for motion, he only gives you one shot to speak. If he brings up an issue after you've spoken, he refuses to allow you to address it. And he never reads the motion papers or even reviews "his" tentative rulings before the hearing--resulting in numerous times when he'll reverse his tentative when he doesn't agree with his research attorney.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8911
Rating:9.6
Comments:
No nonsense hard working Judge. With some effort, you can cause him to lose patience.

Other

Comment #: CA8508
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Good Man.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8501
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The biggest jerk to ever wear a robe. Reads little, thinks he knows everything, rude, arrogant, aggressive, bully. Makes decisions about your case just by reading the Complaint and Answer. Complete lack of judicial temperament. Ding him immediately.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8433
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Judge Glass, as recited ad nauseum by the comments posted, is rude, arrogant, disrespectful and generally an overbearing jerk. He's not a legal scholar nor does he listen well. Anyone assigned to his court must immediately file a CCP ยง 170.6 motion, even if that means you get another of the other bad judges in Central.

Litigant

Comment #: CA7943
Rating:9.0
Comments:
A fair, smart, liberal, productive, know his cases, understanding and flexible. If all judges this way our court system would been much better I was in his court today and I am thrilled.

P.S. He denied my opposition to a motion but fair is fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7663
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Rude, arrogant, condescending, among his many other defects. No judicial temperament and clearly bored by his job. What he lacks in legal skill he apparently attempts to make up for with aggression. Bad at the law, but convinced he is the second coming of Bernie Witkin. He always believes he has a better answer than any of the lawyers. Generally misses the legal point, though, and fixates on whatever most interests him but which is generally irrelevant to the case. It is hard to tell whether or not he reads the briefs, but there is little evidence he does. He will rule on bases not presented or argued, generally incorrectly. All of this is said in the context of one who has won more often than not before him. He is not out of character among Orange County judges, frankly. Diligence and legal scholarship are not concepts generally applicable in this court. That, of course, is the problem. Ding this bozo and you are likely to get another one just as bad. It is sad.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7534
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The guy has a bad temper because he hates his job. Perhaps it's time that he looked into the mirror and said to himself, "hasta la vista courte."

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6564
Rating:6.1
Comments:
His calendar definitely can take a long time. He can be rude and obnoxious (like most). But when it comes to the law, I have generally gotten good rulings. He will deny a meritless demurrer (it seems some judges are inclined to grant the first one). The bottom line is that I do not think he is the worst one out there. I used to really dislike him based on conduct at CMCs. But after he got some law and motion correct, or at least had a defensible position, I have changed my opinion. I have not had a trial with him though.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5881
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Mercurial temperament. Little regard for the lawyers who wait literally hours in his court room waiting to be heard. Disposition deteriorates as the day grows longer. Rude when there was no need to be, doesn't seem to read the papers carefully.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5795
Rating:1.0
Comments:
[Redacted by Ed.]

For what ever his reason was Judge Glass was to busy interrupting my attorneys presentation of the case facts and relative time lines which we spent years preparing along with leading witness's for up to hours on end! His erratic, confused and disoriented behavior interfered with the judge being able to understand the actual merits of the case and the lack of credibility of both the defendants and their witness's testimony.

The majority of all of the consideration that was given to start up the new corporation was given by me in exchange for the consideration of the founders stock that was issued to me by the defendants and corporate counsel. Then removed by them out of the corporate book and destroyed, then lied about by the defendants and their counsel as disclosed through numerous documents and testimony about it's non-issuance, after they received all of my consideration, passwords, websites, logos, trademarks, investor funding, customer database, IP, letters of intent to purchase product, business model, release of employees to the new corporation, real time cpu/chip development platform, NDA's, computer with software, etc. required for the start up of the new corporation.

If you happen to be a litigant in a case in Orange County, California make sure that you have an extensive background profile run on the judge who gets assigned to your case as this kind of questionable erratic inconsistent behavior can be financially and mentally devastating to anyone who spends years building business's just to have it stolen by white collar criminals who take advantage of an over burdened legal system.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5502
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Actually one of the better judges I have dealt with in Orange County. Yes, he's hardly a contender for "Ms. Congeniality" as other reviewers noted. BUT (and this is a huge BUT) it is obvious he actually DOES the work a Judge is suppose to do. He takes the time to understand the issues, the parties' position, and reach a correct/fair outcome. Also, it is obvious Judge Glass reads the papers, which is more than can be said for many Judges in OC it seems. His tentative rulings, which are often quite lengthy and substantive, reflect this. His judicial reasoning demonstrates high level of judicial scholarship. In this reviewer's opinion, that means a whole lot more than a good bedside manner.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5488
Rating:6.6
Comments:
He is reticent to sustain demurrers when he believes "fact issues" might exist or if an affirmative defense appears on the face of the pleading he will still find a reason to overrule the demurrer and nudge you to a more expensive and time consuming motion for summary judgment/adjudication.

Pushes cases to trial as hard and fast as he possibly can. Nothing gathers dust in his courtroom if he can avoid it.

All that said, he can still be difficult when it comes to going with the law. He will find a way to avoid ruling with the law if he feels he is doing equity by exercising judicial discretion. So it makes it hard to get a case resolved without ending up with an appeal.

Another tactic at least my gut feeling is that he tries to get people to fight each other in court in the hopes they will give up and resolve the case before trial. Just my gut feeling.

On the other hand, his opinions are frank, his discussions on the record are rational, and he is even-handed. You come away knowing he is not being vindictive or mean spirited so in that sense you know its not personal. Again it is what it is.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5079
Rating:3.9
Comments:
Set aside an entire morning for a simple CMC appearance. He will often take the bench late (30 mins. late last time). He has a long calendar (about 30 to 35 cases). He spends an inordinate amount of time on each case. He will read your CMC and respect your unavailability.

He is humorless and short (but there are way worse). He will deride you for not following local rules, especially if you don't get your trial doc's in on time. He insists that you submit jury instructions before trial, but then only actually demanded a list of the numbers.

He seems like he tries to be fair, but I have not actually had him decide an important issue. I would agree with other comments that he seems to want to make easy issues more difficult.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4457
Rating:2.7
Comments:
He is easily confused, and didn't understand some very basic civil procedure issues. On some motions he spent way too much time for no good reason, then he spent too little time on more complex matters, while never actually seeming to understand them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4342
Rating:2.9
Comments:
Often I try and consider a judge's demeanor as a matter of style rather than temperament. However, in the few appearances I've had in front of him, I can say this judge's temperament comes off as rude, obnoxious, arrogant and sometimes ruthless. I'm not saying that he is actually rude, obnoxious etc., only that he comes off that way. His style is atrocious.

He has an open motion calendar, but his trial schedule is inflexible, largely due to the quirky system Orange County Superior uses in its trial settings. You get a trial date but you could be forced to hang around for days, if not weeks, to go to trial.

Like the other judges in Orange Superior, Judge Glass probably doesn't care very much about availability, competing trial schedules, or if you or your client dropped dead of a heart attack.

He has shown an incredible amount of restraint around pro se litigants, stopping short of giving legal advice but often prodding them in the right direction, hoping they get his hints. So I can appreciate the kindness that he shows to lay people.

Where lawyers are concerned, it's another story. He cuts lawyers short, often not letting them finish their arguments. He will talk over you.

And then finally there's the petty complaints. If you did everything right in the case, filed it, made proper objections, cited proper law, and otherwise did everything right, he still blames you for some petty "mistake."

He's rather destructive to lawyers. In the end, though, I have a gut feeling that he will do the right thing, or at least that's my hope.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4335
Rating:4.3
Comments:
I agree with almost all the previous comments. Judge Glass, though knowledgeable about the procedures, has a terrible temperament. He does not treat the attorneys with respect, but belittles them. He automatically assumes the worst of each attorney, from what I have observed (and from personal experience). He thoroughly interrogates the attorneys, many times in a contentious manner.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3541
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Judge Glass hates his job. He treats all who appear before him with absolute contempt. He is never on time but will sanction you for tardiness. His court staff are like the KGB and will rat you out if they hear anything untoward regarding their master. He's an automatic 170.6. They should have a stack of pre-filled DQ forms at the door of the courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3307
Rating:7.5
Comments:
After my first appearance before Judge Glass, I was prepared for being belittled when we eventually had a hearing on the merits in the case in which I represented the petitioner (writ case). But, to be honest, his temperament was ok. I could see him go back and forth with some of the other attorneys in other case, but he was just being socratic. He was hard on them, but at the end he would correctly sum up their positions and either rule or take the matter under submission. On one case he went off an attorney, but the attorney kind of deserved it--he simply would not answer whether his client would be filing responses to RFAs. It was painful to watch. And don't interrupt him.

Is his disposition somewhat unpleasant. Yeah, and he has this interesting way of holding his head down like he's either thinking or sleeping when someone's explaining something to him. He did chuckle once.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2965
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Treats lawyers like they are idiots. Patronizing and condescending. Avoid doing court call with him. He simply cannot handle it when two attorneys are on court-call. He gets very confused by court-call. Another model judge in SoCal...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2262
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I concur with the other comments. How can this man continue to sit on the bench. Ding him if at all possible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2254
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Capricious, temperamental, cannot control temper, forms bias before hearing on merits and sticks with it, regardless of evidence, surprisingly poor knowledge of civil procedure.

Litigant

Comment #: CA2100
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Arrogant, condescending, and patronizing. The minute he walked into the court room he said to everyone: "I won't allow re-trying your case. You're not allowed to submit any evidence, so don't even try". That was his "good morning". Those kind of judges need to be reminded that they have been appointed or elected by the people to serve them. They need to take a course on "customer service" and anguer management. This man is horrible. I petty his wife and his children who must put up with such abusive personality.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1920
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is rude, arrogant and biased. He doesn't read the briefs and he treats everyone in the courtroom unprofessionally. The man is obnoxious and wholly unsuited to be a jurist. Other counties have removed such judges from the bench. I will never have a case in front of him again, and will bounce him every time. Unbelievable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1232
Rating:6.0
Comments:
Words to describe Judge Glass: rude, arrogant, disrepectful to lawyers; angry; obnoxious behavior towards lawyers; likes to demean lawyers and has a general nasty disposition. Almost like he hates his job.