Hon. Charles Margines See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.8 - 4 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. Charles Margines


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA33899
Excellent judicial temperament, fair, and accommodating to lawyers. I cannot imagine any reasonable litigant, lawyer, or courtroom staff posting a negative review.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3259
abusive, establishment puppet

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2964
Overall, I found Judge Margines to be thoughtful, reflective. and even-handed in judicial temperament. He is generous to a fault with the time he expends on careful deliberation and decision-making in the matters presented to him in law and motion. His judicial demeanor is the hallmark of euridite jurisprudence. Similar to Judge Makino, he is very adept at discerning the important issues, and is not afraid to embrace monetary sanctions as a means of encouraging discovery cooperation. In addition, he willingly accepted innovative proposals for resolving impasses that imperil trial dates and resolution.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1355
Surprised to see one high rating. This jurist is egotistical, very wedded to what he apparently believes is his own style, bordering on rude, and not very smart in law and motion matters. I thought he would grow from past experiences, but it has gone the other way.
Very weak judge, which matches input I have heard from others.