Hon. RIchard S. Whitney See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.9 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 rating(s)
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* 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. RIchard S. Whitney



Comment #: CA24459
In 2018 I was evicted from Public Housing, LIONS COMMUNITY MANOR in San Diego. at age 72. I was made homeless.I received my eviction notice after I asked 'why are there 100 Chinese Residents here, but NO Blacks?' I found that there was a network of attorneys from the Landlord's lawyers in strategic places. One, DAVE ABAD, worked for the company executing the eviction AND in the city attorney's office AND had worked in the legal aid department where I was refused legal aid. During the eviction process I read many law books, and ultimately filed a restraining order against the manager, citing elder abuse. RICHARD WHITNEY was the judge. He wrote 'Real Estate Issues' and denied the injunction. I obtained an 'ex parte' hearing but Whitney said 'there is no connection between a restraining order and an eviction. Twice I said'you don't understand the law'. Then he said'court is in recess' and left. The next day I took the paperwork to the Legal Aid Department and asked a lawyer, Joseph Gonzales to read it and give his opinion. He stopped half way through and refused to continue.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA18908
Judge Whitney is a very fair judge. He tries cases with compassion and care for the parties before him. He is very diligent and looks out for the interests of the parties beyond the purview of the case at hand. I found him to be an excellent Judicial Officer - grounded, ethical, and with a great sense of integrity. Judge Whitney is full of in depth knowledge, unparalleled experience, and has a thorough understanding of the parties of each case at hand. He is compassionate, full of heart, and his approach to the law is honest and realistic. I found him personable and relatable.


Comment #: CA14934
Granted restraining order based on hearsay.Did not look at accused paperwork showing he was not in the area when plaintiffs stated.


Comment #: CA13879
Why would a Judge swear everyone under oath and then never bother to ask the important questions, allowing the defendant to, in the very least, purger him/herself? There can exist reasonable deduction without evidence. It may not provide the desired outcome that evidence can provide, but the Judge fails the legal system if he does not ask the defendant yes/no has he/she committed the string of harassment, stalking, and intimidation threats (or other) that are the cause of the case itself. Thereby, again, in the very least, leaving the defendant knowing he has committed purgery if he choses to lie by saying no, when he knows he has committed such threatening behaviors. At least the plaintiff who is threatened receives some satisfaction from bringing the defendant to Court to expose his harmful and destructive behaviors.


Comment #: CA13878
definitely prejudicial and very questionable….judge/lawyer crony club…
lacks understanding, the ability to grasp the big picture and compassion.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8904
Lack of proficiency. Very Prejudicial