Hon. Jeff Almquist See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Santa Cruz County
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* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
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* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


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* 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)


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* 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23630
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Judge Almquist was the first Judge to see through my ex husband's manipulation. It took a while and I feel like he was trying to be objective of our situation. At the advice of CCRC he gave me sole physical and legal custody of my children. 2 of which are over 18 now. IT was hell going to court and proving what a POS my ex was. Not many years after, he ended up being charged with heinos sex crimes of his step daughters and I was proven right all along. My ex was and always will be a POS. Thank you Judge Almquist for seeing the truth. I'm sorry not everyone had this same experience with him.

Other

Comment #: CA17724
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Yes,his behavior in the courtroom was sickening. He knew nothing (and didn't care) about child development, parenting, trauma, attachment or families. He abused people all the time in the courtroom. He re-traumatized people looking for help. I was one of them and so were my children. The injustice remains long past his death.

Other

Comment #: CA15040
Rating:1.0
Comments:
We would love to hope that everything this judge did wrong can be forgiven and forgotten after his death. His terrible decisions that have permanently damaged families and their broken bonds with their children are too severe to forget. Several years later, we are still dealing with the consequences of his actions. Children are lost in life forever, and our lives decimated. So no, forgiveness is not an appropriate response for many of us who have been permanently damaged by the court- by this man. So, please save your forgiveness for someone who is more deserving.

Other

Comment #: CA15033
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The truth is the only people left to read opinions of others are those other than this judge.
It is sad to see people taking out their aggression in light of his death- whether at Almquist or at a woman they wish to belittle (the comment below is from a man who has a restraining order against him and took years to harass and threaten her until he finally was caught on video yelling at, chasing and striking her).
Everyone needs to be respectful of the loved ones grieving their loss of this man, and lay to rest the past with him on honor of his loved ones during this time.
Let him rest “in peach”

Other

Comment #: CA15031
Rating:8.0
Comments:
I didn't like him at first, he fell for the whimpering woman routine, but once he saw the facts, he jumped right on getting it right. He didn't take crap from her and kept my child's interest foremost. I'll miss him and hope he finds peach where he is

Other

Comment #: CA14945
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Thank God (if there is one, because this guy made me almost doubt that there is one) that he is gone! He ruined the lives of so many people and deserved to be removed from office. Glad he didn't get to enjoy the rest of his taxpayer-sponsored vacation. He stole the souls of children and destroyed families. Inflamed conflicts and made bad situations worse. He FELL ASLEEP IN COURT FOR 2/4 HOURS OF A TRIAL! Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Other

Comment #: CA14937
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Not to worry, The Perfect Judge has taken him out now.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14485
Rating:1.0
Comments:
An appalling judge! Completely blind or willfully negligent in domestic violence cases.
, still favoring an abuser even amidst criminal charges for an incident that happened DURING VISITATION EXCHANGE. Refused to view evidence, acts like a 1950’s entitled white guy who only cares about other white guys (unless a woman can pay for an attorney he will ignore all your evidence & even police reports), entertains allegations and easily discredited claims by attorneys, will not let you represent yourself, let men interrupt women but will literally scream at women if they speak too much, resorts to a childish explosive tantrum behavior reminiscent of the current presidential toddler when simple, indisputably accurate facts are presented by the party in the case ..who is an unrepresented WOMAN. Completely worthless and the ones who pay the biggest price are the poor kids of this county who end up with an abusive parent.

Other

Comment #: CA14484
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Jeff Almquist doesn’t care what so ever for families. In one breath he berated and bullied and in the next breath he is joking and laughing with his staff! Completely sick behavior total disregard for humanity

Litigant

Comment #: CA14161
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Biased and incompetent. Read the court staff comments below. They should know.

Other

Comment #: CA13101
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Absolutely horrible! Laziest judge doesnt even where his robe! Heard my case, knowing my ex's family. Laughed everything off and doesnt even know family law judgements dont expire! Hes a total dick ass! He should be put behind bars for his inability to perform fairly. I lost 280k because of this lazy bastard. Good riddence to the worst judge in california. Does not be fair as he cant do simple math.

Other

Comment #: CA12586
Rating:1.0
Comments:
this judge would not listen to us and accepted the other parties absurd stories about my husband with ZERO proof

Litigant

Comment #: CA12485
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
WHY IS THIS MAN STILL IN HIS POSITION?!?!? WHERE IS THE JUSTICE?!? IM READY TO PROTEST OUTSIDE THE FAMILY COURTHOUSE FOR HIS DISMISSAL AND ALL UNFAIR JUDGEMENTS REVIEWED! I LPST CUSTODY OF BOTH MY CHILDREN TO narcissistic FATHERS ONE OF WHICH IS A TWO-STRIKE FELON CONVICT AND HAS damaged my SON ON NUMEROUS LEVELS! SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE !

Other

Comment #: CA12481
Rating:2.0
Comments:
In cases of high conflict, maintaining a fair and impartial position is rarely achieved. Playing favorites, mocking, bullying, interrupting and making rulings based upon information this judge knows is false and will adversely effect the life of a child are commonplace.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11781
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Complete ego maniac. Until I hired a lawyer I was given 2 1/2 minutes to speak in 5 months time and 4 hearings. Violated my disabilities rights as a ssdi recipient. Allowed false filings which I could directly prove as such to stand and was going to levy sanctions against me for questioning his actions and refusal to explain a thing. Going so so far as to say adios to me as a conclusion rather to hang give an answer. . He's unfit and yet another obstacle for good people who want to do right by their children must Unfortunately face. I hope he gets what's just and that he is removed for the sake of all. I'm still dealing with him, only now I have a good lawyer, and I see him for what he is. A total self absorbed , biased, simpleton who is a leader and example of none worth following lending ear. Fear this man, for stupidity and ego are a
Volatile mix incapable of unbias and truth.









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Litigant

Comment #: CA10573
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Almquist is incompetent. He is responsible for the well being of some of Santa cruz county's most vulnerable children and instead of taking the job seriously, he collects his paycheck and ignores his ethical duties. Why don't his peers stop him? Why is he allowed to continue hurting the most disenfranchised people in our community? Why don't the social worker mediators stand up to him? [Redacted by Ed.] Shame on you.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8607
Rating:1.3
Comments:
A wild man! Zero understanding of the law, and constantly shooting from the hip. His reputation as an attorney was just as bad.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8483
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If litigants came forward to write letters of complaint to the CEO of the court, and demanded a grand jury investigation of the courts practices, or the litigants filed a RICO (racketeering) lawsuit, perhaps we could we get some traction on this issues and appeal our cases. Is someone willing to start a blog? I cannot do so.

Other

Comment #: CA8479
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The most unfair judge I have ever seen in my lif .as leaving the court countless people followed me out sead you have got to do something he was out of line and if you need us we will help you. The only thing that comes to mind is a little boy with a magnifier burning ants. He is the most despicable human being I have ever met. This is my own and my own feelings . Nothing can ever come out good with him on the bench .

Other

Comment #: CA8290
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A horrible judge who doesn't follow the law. I hole he isn't re-elected.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8165
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Biased, inept, shoot his mouth off and undermines cases consistently because he cant help himself. He ruins cases and peoples lives. He violates the law and makes up laws as he goes along.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8090
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge almquist is unfair lack of proper judgement ..allowed my two strike abusive convict ex father of my son sole custody ...I've been robbed of precious time and emotional turmoil and control by my.ex who constantly uses my baby boy against me...there is no justice in this ...almquist needs to be put in a cage and family courts need to do more research into EACH Custody case ...this is not a stero type for men or women it's simply a human issue some play the system against the other parent or who has "more" family or money on their side..iT's disgusting !!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7785
Rating:1.0
Comments:
two separate reviews are for each case in front of this judge

Litigant

Comment #: CA7478
Rating:1.0
Comments:
As all others state, this man is a disgrace to the legal system. I do not want to give to many details of my case because there is no doubt Judge Almquist will get word and surely us this posting against me. He has time and time again made decisions based on nothing but his own political agenda. In my case, I hope he goes to prison for what he has done. He puts children at risk for politics and money. We all must ban together and have this scumbag removed!

Other

Comment #: CA7459
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is not a judge, he doesn't even resemble what a judge represents. He stands for nothing, he violates the civil and constitutional rights of every parent that he doesn't like. He is a disgrace and Santa Cruz Superior Court and the state of CA is ultimately liable for any of the unjust he has caused. As so many people have learned from their experience with this judge, he takes family court to a level that is clearly above the law. This is not a man, he is a coward. Fortunately, there are other ways to go about his sleazy ethics because he has none... Just Google it yourself; CA parents are suing the state of CA and the family court system because of so many Constitutional rights have been violated by CA family court judges. Do something about it or he'll never go away.

Other

Comment #: CA6643
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Worst, most mysogynistic, biased, idiotic, lawbreaking judge I have ever seen. He breaks his word, abuses people before him by personally attacking them, oversteps his judicial boundaries, never rules on the law and instead uses his opinion of how he feels about a person to guide his bad decisions. He doesn't require evidence of his favorite party yet he has a double standard for the opposing party. He should be disbarred and brought to the state on charges of corruption. He is easy and cheaply bought. He is a disturbed, unbalanced, unstable man who should not have any say over the lives of others. To obtain his position, many have said that he kissed a lot of butts for donations and favors and now he expects the same in return. Disgusting!

Litigant

Comment #: CA6224
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I read the previous comments, and I must say I am surprised that this guy is still serving as a Judge and in charge of people and children's lives. He called me a lair, dishonest, before I had even had the chance to lay my case. I was not in a trial but a lynching. I hope that one else goes through his hands.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5704
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is without a doubt even a worse Judge then he was a County Supervisor-he is still extremely Arrogant, Rude and thinks he is above the law. He does not ask the proper questions, does not even bother to read the evidence placed in front of him. He makes up his mind based upon his own private bias- of who he likes and dislikes. He does not even have the integrity to excuse himself when he presides on a case that he knows he has a built in bias toward be it either the person or persons involved or the nature of the suit. This man is not qualified to be a Judge he does not contain one ounce humility or compassion.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5660
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Almquist side-stepped the law, denying the rights of my two step children, ages 13 and 7, in a custody suit brought by dad. No allegations of abuse were made by dad, as no abuse has occurred at any time with mom. Mom goes to court with her attorney, judge orders a move away of the children out of their home with mom,granting dad custody, without an evidentuary hearing, mediation, or an evaluation. When mom's attorney requested emergency mediation, judge denied stating that a mediator was not available. Mom's attorney checked and in fact a mediator was available. Mom and especially these children have rights. Judge Almquist does not feel that way.

Other

Comment #: CA5025
Rating:7.0
Comments:
At first I felt like I had been pre-judged. Later on though, upon receiving further info I think he saw the bigger picture, and he admitted to making a mistake, and looking back, I don't blame him. We all make mistakes and Judge Almquist showed much humility, and I respect him for that.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4918
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Almquist gets right to the point. Swift justice is a great use of taxpayer time and resources. I salute him.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4719
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My boyfriend appeared before this judge on 1/7/14. He is the absolute worst. Judge Almquist should pop a Midol before he enters his courtroom. He gave specific court orders for my boyfriend to follow, and they were followed to a "T." Judge Almquist contradicted his own orders, and allowed his ex to manipulate both him and the judicial system. When he appeared in court again, his ex continued to submit a stack of lies to the court. Since her papers were just received the day before their court hearing, my boyfriend gathered his response to her blatant lies. Included in his papers were a complete CPS report against his ex, two police incident reports against his ex, and photos of the scars that his ex left on their daughter, among several other documents. When asked if Judge Almquist would please look at the CPS report, he refused and made a rushed decision in the mother's favor. So now we have a child who is stuck living with a mother who hits her on the legs with a spiky belt, hits her on the face with a regular belt, gets drunk to the point where she soils her pants, gives her own child alcohol, allows her daughter to witness domestic violence -- and the list goes on. Judge Almquist refused to even look at anything. He clearly didn't have the child's best interest as a priority. He had his mind made up ahead of time, and did not want to hear any evidence to help a child. I just hope and pray that this child doesn't get beaten again by her mother. Judge Almquist seemed like he just wanted to get the cases over with and go home. I think that he should just go home and stay home if he is not going to be fair about his rulings.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA4695
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Sad but true -- he has no respect and is often considered a big joke. It's time to retire and let a competent replacement take over.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4591
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Judge Almquist is incompetent. I was before him with a simple case of the law being broken. He did not care what the law said, and ruled against it.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA3668
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Almquest is just getting worse with each passing day. This Man has not a clue of what it takes to be a good Judge,I have witnessed Him sleeping on the bench Only to wake up and make a rushed ruling without knowing the facts.He should be removed.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA2501
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Jeff Almquist,has his mind made up before trial.Hes lazy dose not do the required work.if he dose not like you he makes the rules.he prefer everything kept off the record.I truly believe this Judge will be removed from the bench,not because of his actions towards people but because of the sheer amount of cases he has had overturned.he was not a very good lawyer and hes a even worse Judge.