Hon. Paul M. Marigonda See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Cruz County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.1 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Paul M. Marigonda


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA24214
Pre-trial, he contradicted himself drastically, plus discussed himself and an unrelated subject instead of staying focused on the fate of a teenager being harmed - which he allowed to continue without any checks or balances. He openly admitted to collusion with a family court judge to decide against prosecution despite very clear evidence he ignored. He finally sided with the SCC D.A. office who declared that SCC is not inclined to care if a mother and other elder women are assaulted and battered by men in the family - so it would be "a waste of money to go to trial."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23228
Compassionate and fair judge. Works hard. Even-handed.


Comment #: CA18433
Hon Marigonda makes the court room a spectacle and a circus to entertain his ranting. His misconduct, unprofessional, emotional outbursts and opinion are unjustifiable and unethical. He throws out rules which he doesn't read carefully or interpret precisely himself... some stuff he talks about doesn't even apply or pertain to the case.I highly recommend he does his diligence and research beforehand. It is so disappointing to see this man have any jurisdiction or judgement in family court or decide parents' fate. He does not have the maturity or emotional intelligence to make a well researched decision.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8605
Judge Marigonda tries very hard to reach the right decision based on the law. That being said, his scholarship is a bit suspect. He is generally amiable and pleasant but can become gruff at times.