Hon. Paul M. Marigonda See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Santa Cruz County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.5 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 7 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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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA30174
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Seems like, harmed by Judge Marigonda citizens should take care of him by class action suit. He retaliates me for years since 2012 as a complainer against his bias practices and harmed my autistic daughter that was victimized and destroyed by corrupted county intentional neglect of her well-being and safety and that court, included Judge Marigonda as one of the arrogant team of Judges tried to murder me and my daughter slowly but surely turning me into life time unsuccesful complainer and her into vegetable. There s no Rule of Law exist for Judge Marigonda, but only his criminal mind to keep powerless people enslaved by his judicial unlimitred and untouchable abuse of power.

Litigant

Comment #: CA30173
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Marigonda does not hesitate to act as supporter and protector of career criminals. He takes side of vandals, thieves, harassers and Santa Cruz County court continued to assign him to those cases that he could continue to destroy the decency and honesty in society and disregard the Rule of Law completely. He is unethical, bias and deeply corrupted Judge that from the beginning is helping building the Judges' team against humanity. He is very strategic and stay in control of his victims to continue target and disable his own and abusive county employees victims for a lifetime. The entire court is corrupted by court investigators, court attorneys, law library and self help center. They all assist criminal minded Judges. When Judge Marigonda has a chance, he orchestrate his torture by hiding behind other Judges back, like Kim Basket, Jenine Guy, John Gallagher, Timothy Schmal, Timothy Volkmann, Paul Burdick, retired Judge Samuel Stevens called also to help Marigonda to deny request for Restraining Order against dangerous drug addict, vandal, thief, career criminal on ongoing active probation with no professional accountability for arrogant judges. The drug addicts taken care of by Santa Cruz County and unleashed by Sheriff's Department, Jim Hart to do whatever they want to do and in return law enforcement using them to attack victims of crooked cops, corrupt Judges and all other unethical county employees. The Judge Marigonda orchestrates the real hell on the earth.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA30127
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Allows his wife to implement cases against individuals she has problems with. Allows her threaten people with restraining orders, also allows her son the bully senior. Citizens. In my case even though Paul Margondia was not physically there, Timothy Schamal as influenced by Marigonda as was the DA. My rights were totally violated and his wife ran the show. At home Marigonda’s wife runs the show and the wimp that he is, he would never not support his deranged wife,

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA28509
Rating:1.3
Comments:
total blowhard. Full of himself and not very capable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA28455
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Extremely short tempered, quick to anger, makes his mind up early on and won't listen to any more arguments. Condescending. Does not seem neutral. Often says he has made up his mind and nothing will change it (before witnesses or arguments!)

Other

Comment #: CA28275
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is a horrible judge and his silly temper tantrums should be reported. Anyone who has had a bad experience should write to the COmmission On Judicial Performance 455 Golden Gate Ave # 14400 SF 94102. They collect complaints and when they get enough they do something about it. The demeanor issues are important. If you had a bad or rude experience, report him!

Other

Comment #: CA28221
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This dangerously unstable, and sinister excuse of a human being should never have been appointed to adjudicate highly sensitive matters regarding families and children. It’s because of people like him that the broken families of America suffer needlessly. He screams with rage sometimes for 30 minutes at a time about completely unrelated issues, verbally assaults litigants and lawyers, and crawls right up the arses of lawyers he likes. He reeks of impartiality. He melts into a sorry puddle of slobber when good-looking female litigants are before him, and has zero control over his temper. He does not respect anyone in the courtroom, and does not follow simple procedures of courtroom conduct. A loose cannon with a very short fuse. Avoid at all costs!

Other

Comment #: CA28152
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A lying judge is a no good judge. This judge makes the courtroom feel like you have been in the presence of pure evil; the judge. A family court judge should be understanding of the laws and circumstance for custody and visitation. He doesn’t care about any of it. Throws it all out the window and hands down horrible decisions that have nothing to do with a child’s best interest. He should be not only taken down as a judge, but disbarred for life. He laughs maniacally and absurdly at such things as “I will not allow a change of court” when asked to change due to not living in the area any more. He is insane.

Other

Comment #: CA27684
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If you wanna judge of his stature should have not given a law-abiding citizen who was homeless that does not have a record at all no felonies to misdemeanors 3 days in jail and probation was sleeping in a bush at night when you let three felons that got caught with drugs guns and we're already on parole and probation and out on bail a got or and kept a female that's never been to jail before who's not on probation not on parole does not have any misdemeanors or felonies and is not no quicks trucking the law by officers 3 days but no or for being found sleeping in a bush at night..I wonder why people are out all night on drugs robbing houses cuz they go to jail if they sleep at night hidden from public in a bush. But let u go if you did it get let anything worse light up broke the law like a misdemeanor or a felony not a fraction if we using our justice system and our jais to hold criminals not those what are economically unable to afford places to sleep .but it looks like you're saying kids is do drugs commit crimes and don't sleep if your homeless can you go to jail. Stupid arrest has tarnished truth clean criminal background and has prevented her getting jobs the county like she was going to school for.

Other

Comment #: CA27299
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is presiding family court. He is scary and intimidating. Not fair and very unkind. Has temper tantrums that are truly shocking. Someone should oversee him and discipline him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA24214
Rating:1.3
Comments:
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
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Compassionate and fair judge. Works hard. Even-handed.

Other

Comment #: CA18433
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:7.3
Comments:
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.