Hon. Michael D. Coughlan See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Joaquin County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.1 - 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. Michael D. Coughlan



Comment #: CA10133
Rating:Not Rated
This judge seems to side with plaintiffs and plaintiffs lawyers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5725
I am an out of town lawyer who observed this judge handle a long misd calendar with numerous pro per defendants. He was unbelievably patient and fair to the defendants. He explained their rights and did an overall great job. I appear throughout the state and was very impressed with this judges patience and overall control of a tough calendar. Wish we had more judges like him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4484
This judge was very unprofessional in the courtroom, and acted completely unfairly towards the pro per litigants. He refused to uphold both the law and his duty as a judge when he acted unfairly towards one party in the case, while siding with the other. He totally abuses his discretion, and is cruel.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1850
He has not forgotten what practicing law was like so he understands witness scheduling problems but also respects the time of jurors and staff. Made complex rulings from the bench with accurate legal authority, rules quickly on evidentiary objections and generally makes the right call. I would accept him as a trial judge on any civil case.