Hon. Jeff Almquist See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Santa Cruz County
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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. Jeff Almquist


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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
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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.