Hon. Timothy M. Frawley See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sacramento County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.6 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   - 0 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. Timothy M. Frawley


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6930
The absolutely worst judge currently on the bench. Vicious, ill tempered, condescending, rude and plain mean spirited, Can be hard on an ill prepared DA, but saves his venom and vitriol for criminal defense attorneys.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5663
This guy unwilling to stand up to the government and the powerful. Probably because he doesn't have the analytical depth to support the hard choices. A go-along, get-along judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4524
This is a case of a dull and weak prosecutor and a judge who has no clue about fair play or reasonableness.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3647
By far, the worst judge I have appeared in front of in 26 years. Rude, arrogant, condescending, unprofessional and just plain mean. He can be hard on an unprepared DA as well, but a judge with this awful a temperament simply has no business being on the bench. Will embarrass an attorney in front of the jury and has no sense of fairness. No wonder every attorney who cares at all about their client files a 170.1 or 170.6.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1541
This man is vicious. He is mean-spirited, and will attempt to threaten and scare your client into pleading a defensible case. He has a nasty temperament toward defense lawyers. The thing to know about this judge, however, is that he is easily angered; and that means that he is easily manipulated into saying something stupid - and having to apply his stupid reasoning to the prosecution's case (if forced). He can easily be backed into a logical corner. Fortunately, he is smart enough to know when he has been backed into a corner. He is one of those judges that you should insist on everything being on the record - no chambers or off the record discussions. He's a nasty piece of work.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1382
This man is soulless, bloodless and mean-spirited. I couldn't disagree more strongly with the other reviewer. He is extraordinarily biased against the defense, and will do everything possible to ensure the defense loses - and then will sentence your client harshly. He is 170.6'd more than any other Sacramento Judge - for good reason. He is unpleasant, and unfair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA189
Rating:Not Rated
Very, very smart, as well as pleasant to lawyers and litigants. Former prosecutor (aren't they all?), but he will do the right thing if you show him the law. Gets frustrated with incompetent prosecutors and asks his own questions, which can make me nervous. But on the whole, a good and fair trial judge.