Hon. John M. Pacheco See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Bernardino County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.0 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. John M. Pacheco



Comment #: CA10809
Judge Pacheco seems to hate women. He is dishonest and is in a racket with the family law attorneys to keep cases open and keeps the litigants fighting by his mishandling of the cases. He is particularly bias against a Catholic woman filing for divorce. My husband was arrested for assaulting me and the judge gave him full legal & physical custody of my kids and said I provoked him.It's taken me years to repair the damage this judge has cost me and my children. I can't even imagine how he is still on the bench.


Comment #: CA10745
Judge Pacheco is bias against women. I believe someone in his life (a woman) got half of his earnings and when He became a judge, this gave him the opportunity to give men everything.I'm sad someone had to die to see how much of a demon this man is. Pacheco deserves to rot in he'll like he put us women through. Great writtens!??


Comment #: CA10456
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Pacheco made a default judgement against me even though the proof of service by mail was dated 1 day prior. Then he promptly switched divisions.
I've tried to set aside/vacate 3 times personally and with 2 attorney's. All to no avail.
Judge Pacheco's negligent ruling has cost my daughter and I 8 years and counting.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8216
Judge Pacheco is a former, excellent plaintiff lawyer and his move to the bench has been welcomed by most trial lawyers. He has an excellent temperament, good knowledge of the law and a very good grasp on evidence.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8013
Judge Pachecho is a nice man. However, there is much to be desired as far as intelligence goes. In the two times I have been before him, he has grossly failed to follow the law, but only because he is not smart enough, in my humble opinion.


Comment #: CA6415
Mr. Sunil Bhasin was lying to the court during default prove up. Judge was patiently listening to him and at the end he denied the Judgment with a smile. I have never ever seen such a scene in my life time. Amazing Judge. I think there should be a TV Show for this Judge. Matured Judge. OMG I loved it. I was Defendant and Cross Defendant in this case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5039
I have been before Judge Pacheco 3 times and I have watched 5 other cases. He is the fairest most reasonable Judge I've seen.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3071
This man is honorable, very patient,kind, curtious. He made us plaintiffs feel at ease,very Charming and handsome Judge. May God bless him always, Thank you sir, Honorable Judge Pacheco

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2998
No trial experience in front of Judge Pacheco, but I've always been satisfied with his pre-trial rulings and his temperament.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2095
Although he is a very even tempered judge, and generally pleasant to be before, I don't think he (or his staff) can grasp more complex/nuanced arguments. Perhaps this is because he was the UD judge for quite some time.
I've had defense cases in front of him and he seems to give the plaintiff every single opportunity when it seems clear to me that no cause of action was there. Example: gave plaintiff 4 chances to amend his complaint which wasted time and money.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1709
Excellent, thoughtful, even-tempered judge, respectful of parties and counsel, a pleasure to be before.