Hon. Raoul M. Thorbourne See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Sacramento County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 5 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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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA25300
Rating:4.5
Comments:
The judge exhibits random tempers and can go off record badgering the defendant and at one occasion judge threatened he would rip him a new one if he ever pulled a stunt in his quart room this was a pro per litigant a criminal matter the defendant was a trauma victim that had severe PTSD and drug issues the defendant was in a criminal proceeding white-collar crime and he was representing him self the judge angrily called him and the DA and the interpreter out and in his chamber threatened that he would ring his neck if he ever asked certain question of the police and cross examining this judge knowing that the defendant was on drugs and could not represent himself ignored the court appointed investigators request for psychiatric evaluation of PTSD and trauma The judge dismissed the coin appointed pro se investigator and continued with the trial in the end the defendant was sentenced and the judge appointed the same type of defender that the defendant complained and filed in Mars a motion against when he initially wanted new attorney the judge is been dipped full an The judge dismissed the coin appointed pro se investigator and continued with the trial in the end the defendant was sentenced and the judge appointed the same type of defender that the defendant complained and filed in Mars a motion against when he initially wanted new attorney the judge Always tries to cover his own skin instead of Karrie now justice and ensuring that justice is served in his courtroom

Litigant

Comment #: CA21378
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14108
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
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
Rating:5.3
Comments:
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
Rating:4.5
Comments:
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
Rating:7.7
Comments:
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
Rating:3.3
Comments:
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.