Hon. Charles D. Wachob See Rating Details
Superior Court
Placer 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. Charles D. Wachob


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10224
A Judge who will make you appreciate your most hated judge. Arrogant? Epically. Unintelligent? No. ignorant of the law? Winner! 170.6 was drafted to give reprieve from this jackass. You have notice. Accept the Commissioner or PJ: save your clients' time and money for another.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9801
Judge Wachob is a pompous man who sadly is almost as bright as he thinks he is. He lets lawyers play games, then punishes those who follow his orders. Local lawyers know to avoid him, unless they have a bad case in which they love him because he is unpredictable. I think 170.6 is the best option, as Placer County has amazing jurists on the bench. Just not this one.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7603
Wachob is part of the good old boy network in Placer County. Great if you're a friend or colleague, horrible if you're from out of town.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4665
He is a typical judge, insensitive to the plight of others. I'm from out of town, trying a large case in Placer County. Judge Wachob is handling all the ex parte matters. Judge Wachob refuses to let any attorney appear by telephone at an ex parte hearing; your physical appearance is mandatory. This is true even though you do not get to make oral argument at ex parte hearings -- all of the decisions are made by the judge in chambers without the attorneys present. Add to this the fact that Placer County does not accept filings by fax, and what you have is a complete denial of due process for your client unless you are willing to pay over a thousand bucks to fly to the courthouse so that you can "personally deliver" your opposition papers. They won't accept anything if you try to have a messenger service hand-deliver it. Placer County is a "good ol' boy" venue, big time.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4562
The Placer County bench has not grown past its semi-rural mountain and foothill roots. If your largest urbanized areas are Roseville, Auburn, and Truckee, your bench is going to reflect the sophistication (or lack of it) of the local bar. The problem with even big-city Superior Courts is the overwhelming presence of prior solos and small-firm practitioners, infused with an assortment of former prosecutors. This does not add up to legal sophistication, legal scholarship, insight, or any of the other attributes we hope will be present in our judges. My repeated experience in Placer County is best reflected by my several experiences with this judge: he is quickly overwhelmed by commercial complexity, can readily be misled by analytically easy ways out, and cannot be depended on to dispense justice beyond the most basic axioms. You'd never know that Placer County is a suburban county of greater Sacramento, a metro area of 2.2 million. For all of the sophistication of its bench, Placer County might as well be Alpine County. And with this inadequacy goes the chief characteristic of most overwhelmed people with a little power: arrogance unsupported by ability.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4336
Pedantic, not an intellectual, snarky.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3419
Over last 10 years, Judge Wachob has heard MSJ's, conducted MSC's and handled trial matters in many construction cases. He is always prepared, and committed to following the law. He controls his courtroom well and grasps the issues immediately.