Hon. Timothy B. Taylor See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.2 - 18 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Timothy B. Taylor


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9010
Rating:3.8
Comments:
Ill-tempered crystal ball guy. He believes himself to be smarter than the process and he truly thinks he can size up a case on first blush. Thereafter, he will spend the rest of your case cramming square pegs into round holes to make his divination become reality. Plaintiffs should use any means necessary to avoid this guy.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8177
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Mar. of Mullins D523959
I just received a copy of my VA file. In it, there was statement by my separated wife similar to a declaration for a domestic violence charge. The DVTRO declaration ex parte 1-18-07 is missing from the file. This judge used a declaration for OSC 2-6-07 lawyer fees, spousal support, and "Pay her car insurance." as justification for issuing a "kick out" order 2-6-07. He referenced the "burning the house down" statement when he placed the DVTRO on calendar 2-6-07. However, he denied his DVTRO at OSC 3-12-07. This judge, my separated spouse and her lawyer knew the charges were unfounded. He had to have seen the DVTRO declaration but still used the OSC 2-6-07 as justification. This has to be the most blatant disregard of the law I have seen in more than 74 years on this earth.

Litigant

Comment #: CA7909
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Taylor represents the worst of the judiciary. He quickly demonstrates his bias in a case and often negatively quips in his orders and statements. Once his bias is demonstrated, he will continue to rule in a result-oriented way. He is sensitive to appeals and often refers to the appellate bench in a condescending manner. Avoid this judge at all expense.

Litigant

Comment #: CA7808
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Mar. of Mullins D523959/DS33307
March 14, 2008, Judge Taylor was reassigned from this case, and Judge William McAdam took over. HOWEVER, JUDGE MCADAM ACTUALLY WAS THE "HEARING" JUDGE, BUT JUDGE TAYLOR'S HANDWRITING WAS ON THE ORDERS AND MINUTES THRU 11-19-09. "UNBELIEVABLE!!"

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7559
Rating:3.2
Comments:
After reading comments on this blog regarding Judge Taylor, I had to through my opinion in the pool. Not that anything would change. However, after my case, I began questioning myself and my integrity he was condescending, rude, and spoke to me inhumanely. Shockingly, he supported the defendants attorney allowing a very wealthy white color criminal back on to our streets, Thank you Judge Taylor. This judge belittled me in court and was more concerned about my acting performance than actual facts of the case. If its a complicated case, he can't deal with it. His turns red in the face, scratches his head and leans to the less complicated actions, and makes his ruling. His meeting minutes were all over the place making no sense. His peers should be frustrated wiping up after Taylor. No doubt the good ole boy network exists in this court system. Shocked someone like this exists and given authority to act as he does. Oh, and where does his paycheck come from? He is not for the People here in our community of San Diego, sadly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7007
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Consistently demonstrates the worst judicial temperament of any sitting Superior Court judge. He is also not nearly as bright as he thinks he is, which would be easier to deal with if he wasn't so committed to demonstrating his perceived brilliance in a snide and snarky manner.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6754
Rating:3.9
Comments:
If your case requires intellect, judicial temperament or justice, do not expect to find those qualities in Judge Taylor. Having a case in front of him is a good reason to go to medical school or the DeVry Institute of Technology. If it's too late and you find yourself in his courtroom, your only hope is that his stunning lack of judicial qualities arbitrarily falls more heavily upon your opposing counsel.

Litigant

Comment #: CA6216
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This is the worst judge of the four bad judges - Schall, McAdam, Lewis. See Mar. of Mullins D523959/DS33307

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6210
Rating:9.7
Comments:
This judge has improved a lot in the last year. Despite already being very good, he has tried to get better. I wish we could all say that about ourselves. There is a humility there now that was not there before -- the product of a couple of reversals from the Court of Appeal? He is a credit to the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5926
Rating:10.0
Comments:
He has a lot of patience and it's always a pleasure to appear in his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4858
Rating:3.8
Comments:
He is very smart and hardworking. He is intellectually dishonest in support of the result which he wishes in a given matter. He is unnecessarily unpleasant and uncivil to counsel. He has to show everyone that he is the smartest guy in the room. He is eager to punish and chastise lawyers for perceived deviations from standards, but blind to his own deviations. There is an anger there -- a chip on his shoulder.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4750
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Perhaps Judge Taylor suffers from testosterone poisoning? He thinks that because he is smart, his views are superior to the law, so he ignores the law. He is rude and complains about being overworked, and therefore feels entitled to push issues out the door without providing due process. This, of course, creates more work for the court system -- i.e., cleaning up his errors. He will make up his mind based upon hearing one side, without evidence, and will act without jurisdiction. I prevailed on more than 60% of the issues I had before him. Yet I believe that he is doing a disservice to the community because he does not follow the law.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA4374
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Judge Tim Taylor is rude and condescending. He literally looks down on you from the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3971
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Be sure to arrive early. The clock is always intentionally five minutes fast!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3804
Rating:5.0
Comments:
This judge always seems to be in a perpetual state of irritability and loves to talk down to people, especially lawyers. He is smart, mind you, so be prepared for questions like: "Counsel, did you read California Rules of Court 1542.(b) before asking me that question?" He also loves to make a spectacle of you in front of your fellow attorneys. There really is no reason for him to act like this. If he hates his job so much, then perhaps he needs to go out and practice law. I'd love to see him appear before Judge Trapp. Now that would be funny!

Other

Comment #: CA3290
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Arrogant, prejudiced, angry and condescending. Enjoys belittling counsel. Couldn't have a worse temperament for a judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA3206
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Taylor bent over backwards to make sure that I received my day in court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3179
Rating:3.2
Comments:
Don't get me started on this guy. Immature judicial advocate. Only had a sample size of one case that lasted approximately a year, but it was enough to convince me of the need to 170.6 him if ever assigned again. While you might consider him if you have an institutional defendant, its hard to know with a guy like this whether he will take a disliking to you for some random reason. In other words, probably best to avoid like the plague.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2933
Rating:1.8
Comments:
Nightmare. Just simply unreasonable. That feeling continues even for the practitioner who appears in front of him and is on the winning side. One would rather just obtain a fair and tempered ruling instead of being chastised when they are on a losing side of an argument.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2682
Rating:9.6
Comments:
I have had very good experiences in several civil matters before Judge Taylor. While true that he can be arrogant, he works harder than just about anyone on the bench. His tentative rulings read like an appellate decision, so you know exactly what his decision was based upon. He is willing to listen and can be flipped on his tentatives with the right arguments. I would take him over just about any judge on a complex issue. He is not afraid to make a tough call.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2681
Rating:9.6
Comments:
I have had very good experiences in several civil matters before Judge Taylor. While true that he can be arrogant, he works harder than just about anyone on the bench. His tentative rulings read like an appellate decision, so you know exactly what his decision was based upon. He is willing to listen and can be flipped on his tentatives with the right arguments. I would take him over just about any judge on a complex issue. He is not afraid to make a tough call.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2680
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Judge Taylor is a shining light in the independent calendar system in SDSC. He is hard working, knowledgeable and always prepared. You never feel that he doesn't have a solid grasp on the issues. Be prepared and you will have a good experience. I just completed a trial in his courtroom and could not have had a better judge. My client was impressed and very pleased as well.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1456
Rating:4.6
Comments:
Biased, arrogant, disdainful temperament. Horrible temperament for a judge.