Hon. Margaret Johnson See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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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)

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What others have said about Hon. Margaret Johnson



Comment #: CA10098
Is a shame hat she runs unopposed. She's an embarrassment to the system. The average college graduate could interpret the family law statutes with more fairness, concern for he children involved, and logic, then this judge has demonstrated - in her too many years as a family law jurist.


Comment #: CA10095
signed a draft of a settlement that violated the rules of a trust and Family Code 4065 and that I had rejected, failed to report the attorney who did this to the State Bar; it is fraud upon the court. Canon 3D, demonstrated bias against plaintiff trying to get this order vacated.

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Comment #: CA7280
Rating:Not Rated
2003 she entered an order that is void for lack of jurisdiction (FC4065). In 2004, again she denied change of venue to county where parties lived so she could keep this void order under her control. 2006 she engaged in ex parte deal with same attorney to deny expedited hearing on child support in exchange for father paying tuition, same case.


Comment #: CA6138
Just sent Judge Johnson proof that attorney she endorsed and other attorney committed a fraud upon the court: Canon 3D (d) mandates that she take 'corrective action', and CCP 473 (d) gives her the power to set aside the order. Order violates California laws.


Comment #: CA5358
Rating:Not Rated
Please see the text of my comments elsewhere here, and feel free to contact me at sidneyorr@yahoo.com


Comment #: CA4785
Judge Margaret Johnson denied spousal support to a disabled woman on public assistance. (This woman is also a survivor of domestic violence.) She enforced a waiver of spousal support for a woman who is a public charge. This is a clear violation of state and federal law.

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Comment #: CA4765
In 2003, Judge Johnson entered an order that violated the law on trusts for minors and lacked the mandatory stipulations of FC 4065. A few years later, she stated before a hearing that she would again deny guideline child support in this case. After my complaint, she transferred to juvenile court, but she clearly acts without regard to a child's best interests.


Comment #: CA4558
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Johnson signed into an order a settlement clearly lacking the mandatory waiver of child support and in violation of the terms of a trust fund, then refused a few years later to increase child support, and denied a motion for change of venue to where the parties lived, in order to keep the case under her control.