Hon. Raoul M. Thorbourne See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sacramento County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.2 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Raoul M. Thorbourne



Comment #: CA21378
Filed civil harassment protective order against persons that committed violence, threats and regularly harassed. I had video evidence and police reports that overwhelmingly substantiated my case. Moreove, one was a registered child rapist and the other a convicted woman beater. Thornbourne refused to watch the videos and dismissed the case. The same day, he decided a case when the respondent's translator was not present. He is a travesty to the bench. From the other reviews and what I've heard from other attorneys, this is well known.


Comment #: CA14108
Rating:Not Rated
I do not know this judge personally except the ruling he entered in dismissing my civil appeal was a gross denial of due process./ I would rate him 0 he was off the law

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7016
Thorbourne does not want to spend the time to really understand civil issues. He is more interested in talking about his alma matter with attorneys. More pomp and image than hard work. Be careful.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4394
Judge Thorbourne should not be hearing civil matters; he does not know what he's doing. Also, he does not put in the effort required to really understand the issues.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3650
Judge Thorbourne has gotten an undeserved bad rap as a judge. I did a 3 defendant trial in front of him years ago and found him personable and sharp. He understood the law and didn't have a pro-prosecution bias. Not sure if he's up to handling complex legal matters, but if you provide him with the law, you should do okay.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1169
I predict that this judge will eventually cause extreme embarrassment to the Sacramento bench. He has no ability to analyze legal issues. He has a good temperament, but beyond that he is an incompetent jurist.