Hon. Dale R. Wells See Rating Details
Superior Court
Riverside County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.3 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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)

What others have said about Hon. Dale R. Wells



Comment #: CA5897
Judge Wells is incapable of addressing any case to any relevant law standard. He literally uses the court room as his own torture chamber against women and children and is fixated on teaching litigants that HE has the ultimate power, playing God and desecrating the christian faith. He plays insane games with litigants and those attorneys that have the guts to question his amoral demeanor and behavior on the bench and persecutes and punishes them for years. Those attorneys who know Judge Wells' bias and prejudice to certain segments of the population know how to play to these biases at every proceeding. Watching these attorneys in action is like watching a Judge Judy show as everyone is aware of what buttons to push in order to get the desired reaction. A reaction that does not adhere to any law or legal standard. There is no place in family law for that type of mentality.


Comment #: CA5585
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Wells is one of the worst Family Law judges that has ever graced the Indio court. His religious bias comes out in every ruling as does his bias towards women. He fails to adhere to any required statutory procedures, issues capricious rulings that are not based on any foundation or evidence except his perception. Judge Wells believes it's a game to torture children by placing them in heinous circumstances to teach the other parent a lesson, instead of adhering to the law. He has literally put the Indio family law court on the map by issuing the most heinous rulings that ever come out of this court day after day after day. His biases are well known and attorneys who want to win a case play towards these biases. Malicious, despicable and oppressive does not even come close to describing the temperament of this judicial officer who is a disgrace to the bench and everything the law stands for.


Comment #: CA3410
worst judge ever. biased. exhibited anger when it wasn't warranted. said that we'd defer to the mental health professional for direction and then back tracked saying 'it wasn't going fast enough.' Avoid him at all costs. He was papered by the DA's for dropping a sex crime against a child becuase they couldn't work with him in criminal. Now he is in family? He needs removed.

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Comment #: CA3310
He spent two years on the criminal bench, but is most comfortable presiding over family law matters. Following form and filing timely are absolutely critical.