Hon. Raoul M. Thorbourne See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sacramento County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.2 - 3 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. Raoul M. Thorbourne


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.