Hon. Donna G. Garza See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Bernardino County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.6 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 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. Donna G. Garza


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA24716
Simple case takes YEARS to be heard. Muddled, hasty, shallow thinker that is easily confused (for or against you). Insecure of her legal ignorance. Seemingly pleasant smile. Rewards brown-nosing. Gossipy female staff. No written statement of decision. Pro-local SBD lawyers. (Her husband is judge Thomas Garza in same building.)

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA18060
Her smile is mysterious but reflects her intelligence. She understands the difference between a criminal and a victim. Trust her. Let her take some time and you will not be disappointed if you are honest.


Comment #: CA18058
The action was filed in 2014. The default judgment of $ 450,000 was taken in 2018. In 2019 Hon. Judge Donna Garza realized the fraud on the court and vacated the judgment. I think, that's Great. There is no need to talk in between 2014 through 2019.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA13341
This judge does not read the facts of a matter nor considered all of the evidence submitted. She based her decision on allowing a TRO based on the sob story of a lying mother who lies in saying she feared the grandmother would take her children when the grandmother in the 7yrs entrusted with the children and who lived with her, ever attempted to take the children. This mother who continuously makes false allegations against a loving and non-threatening grandmother and the judge helped destroy a close bond between grandmother and grandchildren In believing the lies of the mother. It is said that the legal system sucks and is unfair!!! But these judges will reap what they are sowing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11768
Fails to understand fundamental legal issues. Very sad that those in the profession must risk judges who have no clue what the law, choose not to learn it and who then render a damaging decision without a care in the world of its ramifications.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10407
Fails to read the case at hand, even on rulings she previously made. Unwilling to make decisions. Just continues to kick the can down the road. Very unfortunate that she's even aloud to set on the bench. If it wasn't for her husband probably wouldn't be.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6351
not right! believe her to be racist. favors whites over blacks & mexicans no matter what evidence produced.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4213
She is a fair, intelligent, and polite judge. She gives counsel a genuine opportunity to argue against her tentatives.