Hon. John M. Monterosso See Rating Details
Superior Court
Riverside 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. John M. Monterosso


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6219
Rating:Not Rated
Whoever put a good review of this judge on here, I just have one question, how much did he pay you to do so?
Judge Monterosso is grossly unjust. He behaves as if he works for social services the way he is so bias for their side, and never holds them accountable for their constant perjury, and hearsay admitted as clear and convincing evidence to tear families apart that do not deserve it.
I am surprised an oppressed parent has not jumped onto his bench and rip off his mustache while shaking their head no, cuz he hates that.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA4304
Judge Monterosso is a fair and impartial judicial officer. He is extremely thorough and well prepared to handle his cases, usually more prepared than counsel in his courtroom. He is a perfectionist and demands excellence from all parties. He was appointed by a Republican governor, and so tends to be conservative in his rulings. However, he often differs from the government when it comes to family, in that he more strongly emphasizes family placements. I have been a lawyer for eleven years and he is one of only two judges that I have appeared before who make me want to become both a better lawyer and a better person.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3663
While on the Juvenile Dependency bench, Monterosso fails greatly. This is a court to protect children and promote safe and healthy families but all Monterosso cares about are his paychecks and it is more than obvious that he literally hates parents no matter their innocence or guilt. Whatever county counsel wants, Purnell gets. This man does not sustain any objections by the defense attorneys, as his lips are constantly puckered for Purnell. He also lets the oounty falsify evidence and he has the clerk change to minute orders. I gave you a fair warning.