Hon. Robin Appel See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
San Joaquin County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.5 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 7 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. Robin Appel


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Other

Comment #: CA5459
Rating:4.0
Comments:
She is biased towards mothers in child custody court. I am a mother and am still appalled at how she lets on average the mothers talk 3 times as much as the fathers and also takes their word as gospel. She also goes off a lot of what the mediators say, which is also extremely biased towards women. The mediators I've seen in San Joaquin are to me just underplayed lawyers for the mothers in this court. And the judge goes off what they say without considering anything new brought into the courtroom. Needs improvement.

Other

Comment #: CA5179
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have followed this Judge on a particular case and she is so one sided to the person she believing everything that he has told her which has been lies from day one, she continues to favor this man who do not pay child support and causes a hardship on the child instead of her helping the child she caters to the non-paying parent who has broken all her court orders and punished the parent that has provided and followed all her rules, I have never seen anything like it or her. He has not seen his child in 4 years and when the custodial parent ask for child support which he has not been paying he takes her back to court for punishment because he know that this Judge will do what he wants, because she lives out of state. A judge is suppose to do what is right and be fair, to cater to his lies is ridiculous. I am so disappointed in her as a judge and as a woman. She has been a nightmare since 2004, not considering the feelings and best interest of the child. The child have not spoken to nor have seen her dad in four years because of his choose, he broke the court order. The child is upset because he never called her or sent for her now the the Judge makes the child and mother life miserable because he do not want to pay child support and she put hardship on the mother who have followed her orders. How would she do if this was her grandchild or child. So disappointed in the Family Court Judge Robin Appel in the Stockton Court System. I am so afraid that some of her rulings will cause terrible harm to the child at hand or some of her rulings, she is rude and evil. I agree with all the complaints that are at hand below. She favor deadbeat dads that are liars, she love lies she do not want to hear what the other party has to say so bias. Nothing good is going to happen for her, cause I know deep down in her heart she knows that she is doing is wrong, she cause nightmares to so many families her and Shelly Troop the worst team in Stockton. No wonder Stockton is so corrupt. A fair Judge needs to take all her cases, review them and make a correct ruling because what she has done is wrong. She makes the demands on this mother so hard so that she can lose custody is down right mean. Telling somebody what they can and cannot say to an uninterested party that nobody even cares about that abused this child in particular. How do you force a child to to go to a place where it is harmful I want to put this out here in case something happens to this child for him to tell this child that he can not get her anymore because he have other kids.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4577
Rating:1.9
Comments:
Her behavior is unstable. She seems very biased, and has a very personal relationship with Shelly Troop. She is a horrific mediator. The court has given a wicked snake power over children's lives. You can practically hear her hiss as she slanders parents that she doesn't like. I have seen Judge Appel and Shelly Troop out together. She even went to the hospital when Shelly's husband had a heart attack! This court system is corrupt. As soon as I find a new job I am leaving and never looking back.

Other

Comment #: CA4500
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree with the comment that said: "I have been disappointed with the Hon. Robin Appel for covering up false documentation..." She backdated a substitution of judge for commissioner in my friend's case. It was signed nine months later than the court officials claimed. This can be proven by my friend's attorney, who signed it too. But as for the date on which it was alleged by the judge and commissioner to have been signed, it is not possible that it was done on that day. The attorney for my friend was not yet hired by that date, but she also signed the form.r This proves that the form was not signed by the litigants on the date that the judge and commissioner claimed. It was not signed until six months later than the judge and commissioner claim. The form said it would be "dated in advance in all cases," not backdated, like it was. Additionally, the Family Law Commissioner Cheryl A. McCann failed to file her oath of office for over twenty months following her appointment. When a litigant requests a copy, they are required to furnish it immediately, but in this case, they did not and could not. When one was produced roughly five days later, the clerk was informed that the Secretary of State of California had supplied a letter stating that a diligent search had been performed and that no such oath had been found on file for that commissioner. That letter was supplied roughly nineteen months following her actually sitting on the bench for the first time. That commissioner was holding office illegally, and was trespassing upon the court by holding office as occupied, where she should not have been in office due to the law of the Constitution of the State of California, which says she has (or had) only ten days to file her said oath of office at the time of her acceptance of appointment. Since she did not, she committed a misdemeanor, and failed to abide by all laws. Also, these judges basically perjured themselves by claiming that the form was created and signed on a date when this was not actually done, in an obvious attempt to cover their own butts. They should be removed by the Supreme Court as far as I can see. This is a sick display of judicial impropriety!

Litigant

Comment #: CA3900
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She does not look at the whole picture. She also makes judgments based on her own personal feelings and opinions, not the facts. Her rulings are not fair by any means!

Other

Comment #: CA3671
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is the worst there is and the fact that she favors deadbeat dads sickens me. I have been b4 her about 5 times in 6yrs. My girls dad has never worked he grows marijuana and has even had my girl watering for him, judge just said dont do that! His dog bit my girl in her face 2 times and to this day he doent keep the dog locked up. There's know enforcement for anything or consequences for his actions.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3326
Rating:2.1
Comments:
This Judge is Dirty! She is not even, not fair nor is her demeanor acceptable by any means. She needs to get her nose out of the air, and be the woman she once had been, REAL! I mean come on your highness i mean your honor, you sit on the thrown just the same as everyone else. you are not better than me her or anyone. You are stuck up and over rated by each of these stars you have on this post! Yelling at litigants as you exit the court, rolling eyes, you should be ashamed of your self and you need some continuing education or better to be reprimanded! You don't protect the way you did prior to getting all that flack about siding with the moms, now its all about the dad! Don't go for majority opinion go with the legal and fit rights and do what above all else, is IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THESE KIDS! Because your not doing it these days!

Other

Comment #: CA3316
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I have been disappointed with Hon. Robin to cover false documentation ...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2983
Rating:4.9
Comments:
And this judge DOES NOT FAVOR THE WOMEN ANYMORE. Since her criticism for favoring the mother, she now ALWAYS GOES AND LIENS TOWARDS THE FATHER! She is RUDE when she rolls her eyes and places her tong in her mouth and bites , then says your baby is staying with his abusive father, despite if the doctor said hes abused or not! This broad is the worst EVER! Nor was I awarded the Due Process Right to exasperate further than 11/2 of a thought. that is = to 1.5 sentences in rebut of his attorney as i am pro per! shes a snob! AND BEST FRIENDS WITH MICHELLE (SHELLY TROOP) Allured/Troop, the BIAS MALE FAVORING MEDIATOR who holds a grudge and fails to recuse. This county is has been and always will be about the MEN! ITS DISGUSTING!

Litigant

Comment #: CA2982
Rating:3.0
Comments:
This Judge REFUSED to transfer Custody even though I had a Physician Report detailing CHILD ABUSE for a diagnosis. She just smiled and said "Yes I have Seen it.....Do you have anything else?" Then yelled at me upon exiting the Bench! Shes a witch to me!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA489
Rating:5.1
Comments:
She may have an inclination towards the female party, but she has a judicial demeanor. She gives everyone a fair say. Her rulings aren't too far from center. Perceives procedure and "overly" legal arguments to be obstructive. But, it isn't like you have a lot of choices in SJ County.

Other

Comment #: CA459
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Judge Appel rules heavily in favor of the female if all other factors are equal. Peace Officers in the County are even critical of her performance. There are times when she has been kind, considerate, and even generous -- however, it has also been witnessed that she can be like a bumblebee and sting you but good! Tends to be moody.