Hon. James M. Mize See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Sacramento County
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* 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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Other

Comment #: CA23899
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge ABSOLUTELY lived up to his reputation of not looking at evidence or even reading declarations of any kind. Definitely makes judgements in favor of the father. And boy do he and the fathers pat each other on the backs. "I have to say you've been the first judge to actually rule fair." "Oh, why thank you" ??
Fair to WHO?? Its supposed to be fair to THE CHILD, not the father. Don't expect anything your child is going through to matter to him. Not even if your child is the one telling her experiences. Thats not enough proof. "How can you prove she's not lying that her dad did that? Or that maybe it was a dream..." A DREAM? ?? yeah my 12yr old DREAMT her dad has been repeatedly drinking around her every weekend she's with him. And she DREAMT that he tried to get her in a full car with no available seat or seatbelt just so he can save $30 for parking to a Raiders game. Thats it! It was a DREAM. What possible reason would a child LIE about something like that. Story of her life. Dad and the judge calling her a liar. Smh. Today was a NIGHTMARE. And its judges like him that make mothers afraid to seek legal help for the safety of their children. WATCH OUT! You go in with issues regarding the safety of your child, you might walk out without custody of your child.

Other

Comment #: CA18720
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge gets on his own little world, hears what he wants and runs with it, he makes rulings but forgets to add his full rulings in the court order which makes things very difficult and more wasted money down the drain because we have to go back to court. This Judge Doesn't look any evidence nor does he ask for proof if its something the other side is throwing and claiming. This judge is extremely unpredictable and I have witnessed him many times make rulings that don't match with the laws, its like he likes to play god when people lives are in his hands and makes poor Judgments in what's best for the kids. I feel he might have ADD and just not taking meds, added his abuse of power, he gets distracted very easy, over all this man shouldn't be a Judge he's to unorganized and likes to make rulings not followed by the law.

Litigant

Comment #: CA16164
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I was blessed with the opportunity of James Mize. He's an honest, thorough, and very respectable judge to say the least. I have had many hearing with him throughout the last 10+ years and he has been the most just and lawful I've ever had. He is unbias which is a rarity in this day considering all I've experienced in family court. His consideration for my child and overall ability to make the righteous calls for the betterment of my child's future was profound. He broke down the importance of the child seeing the children's regularity with both parents and awareness of what legitimacy is vs not between individuals has she'd light on my case many times. He has my favor and the utmost respect for me. I hope I will be able to have him help me in the near future and think he should be the model for all judges. Though I haven't been able to have you as a judge due to your relocation and having many struggles since. I've been subjected to various bias judgements and conduct in the court's. He needs his own curriculum that other judges should follow and be subjected to adhere to. Thank you Judge Mize and may God bless you. Ellis H.

Other

Comment #: CA11255
Rating:1.0
Comments:
he is a real p.o.s he has no color in his eyes. he is a snake in a black robe study your law and recuse him for any foulf ups also file for public hearing notice immidiatly even if your attorney says otherwise its your constitional right.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA11104
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I must say there must be an investigation. As court staff knows, James Mize does not review any evidence by the litigants and admitted he never bothers to look at the case file.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10522
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He does not look at evidence and admitted to me that he never looked at the case file. He was going to hand over the children to their father who has a history of domestic violence, who took a Psych Evaluation which said he's a sociopath and should not be around the children unsupervised. He rules how ever he feels like it. He is biased against women. He's horrible and needs to go.

Other

Comment #: CA9022
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Very much an advocate of co parenting. One of the few judges who does not tolerate parental alienation nor perjury in his court room.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8586
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Judge Mize thinks he is God. He lectures parents about how to parent. He has no understanding of what his role should be in Family Law. He also seems to have issues with women.

Other

Comment #: CA8188
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is biased and only leans toward men and their favor. He does not care what type of criminal background the man has, he will automatically grant custody. He does not listen to both side of the stories, nor does he care for children's best interest. He is a horrible judge.

Other

Comment #: CA7990
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He rules in favor of the father & ignores domestic violence background. He stated, "I don't care if it's a dead beat dad, the second he wants to come into his child's life I'm going to give him that chance." Ignoring the mothers concern of the father DV background & arrest not to mention he has not paid any child support. Instead of having the father prove himself & slowly over time integrate into the child's life is rules one way only. There is a 2011 case of a child murdered by her father because he would not rule on supervised visitations that the mother pleaded for in court. Also, he rules one thing in court but the paperwork from his court is key items he ruled on. He makes decisions or rulings on emotion not facts.

Litigant

Comment #: CA7799
Rating:4.0
Comments:
I have had him as my family court judge for 2 years now and have sat in on several other cases as well. This judge seems more concerned with the 50/50 split than what is best for the children. He does cut out the nonsense in the courtroom and gets to the matter at hand which is good. He does not tolerate whining from any party or lawyer as well. As a whole he seems to be overcompensating for previous complaints of gender bias towards females and tends to lean a little more toward the men. Things to watch for: he is 100% against spanking, believes in weekend parenting saying that of course they will spoil the kids and not set boundries because they don't have as much time (neither of these were in my case but other people's). Have your documentation and history before you go into the courtroom. Bottom line, be prepared, men have an advantage with him, don't argue. If you keep going back and fighting since he believes in compromise every time, you will eventually get to 50/50 male or female parent. Your child does not come first in this local court system

Litigant

Comment #: CA7553
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Mize is extremely fair and does what he can to settle matters without a trial. He is quick to punish whichever parent does not comply with co parenting procedures or lies in court or on documents.....even if it is the mother! First Sac judge that does not automatically favor moms!

Litigant

Comment #: CA7217
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Does not read the case file nor consider the evidence. Goes off his own biased opinion that has no legal support. Recuse him at least two weeks before your initial trial.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6342
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Mize is a self-righteous person. He Never reads pleadings or case files. He puts total confidence in the biased mediators who have the power to destroy parents relationships with children. He puts off every case he can, as if we have nothing to do but return over and over to hear him flex his gender-biased power. He must have had a screwed-up childhood, because he obviously tries to cut fathers out of the lives of their children.

Litigant

Comment #: CA6154
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Mize is by far the most fair and hard working Judge I have yet to come across. He works very hard to personally assist in settling disputes that would otherwise have both litigants spending thousands for a trial. He listens well and actually reads evidence put before him.

Litigant

Comment #: CA6126
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrible judge! Does not look at evidence and doesn't listen when you talk. Complete idiot and sorry excuse for a judge. Does not care about the best interest of the child.

Litigant

Comment #: CA6099
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Mize seems like he wants children in danger and to live in an unsafe environment. He doesn't care about the children or the parent that is trying to raise the child right, he cares about the unfit parent and whether or not his/her rights have been taken into account.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4938
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Sacramento Family Court is the worst! I was literally told in mediation by the two pro tem judges in there with us that I should just do what my ex-wife wants because Judge Mize will always side with the female party! They don't even try to cover it up anymore!

Litigant

Comment #: CA2963
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Mize always gives a fair hearing. No, it doesn't always go your way. But He is very thorough and makes sure the best interest of the child is at hand. Parents should stop thinking about their own best interest and their vendettas against each other and then maybe you wouldn't need a courtroom.

Other

Comment #: CA2647
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This is the worst Judge I have encountered in Family Court. He practices social work (that is what his degree is in) from the bench, you can tell his degree is from UCBerkley. I have sat and listen to him tell parents that make $2,000 a month to buy a computer so they can communicate via email. Get REAL! Judge Mize doesn't know what it is like to live on $2,000 a month and support kids. His poor decisions have recently resulted in a death of a child a year ago. He needs to be STOPPED! Just pull up the attached link for the details.

http://dastardlydads.blogspot.com/2011/08/family-court-judge-james-mize-denied.html

Litigant

Comment #: CA1786
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I realize that therobingroom.com is esentailly a complaint site for bad judges. Love that there are no comments here, as he is my new Judge. Previously had Judge Roman, whose comments are absolutely horrible (as was my experience in his courtroom where Mom's get whatever they want). Looking forward to getting in front of an unbiased Judge who will hopefully look out for my kids first before either me or my ex-wife's best interests.