Hon. Paul M. Marigonda See Rating Details
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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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Other

Comment #: CA44514
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Nero the madman has descended back into the pits of hell where he shall hopefully burn for all of eternity for the injustices he inflicted on those who were unlucky to appear in his court.

Litigant

Comment #: CA41433
Rating:6.0
Comments:
If you do the work, that is, if you present the admissible facts and explain the existing, valid law, and demonstrate how your facts apply to the applicable law, he will rule justly. He will not fill in the blanks for you. You must do the work.

(Please note, his temperament is not becoming of a bench officer. He will tell you to shut up, stop talking, he's heard enough, sit down and shut up. He will spend ten minutes telling you why you need to be quiet, after you've talked for maybe 15-20 seconds. If he rules in your favor, and the other side contests his ruling, my advice to you is to not offer anything. Let the other side talk, and let Paul adopt his tentative ruling in your favor. My guess as to his prolonged absence from the bench is he had a nervous breakdown trying to control, unsuccessfully, the litigation and litigants appearing in his courtroom. Again, this is just a guess, that he became too overwhelmed, too frustrated, too angry.)

Other

Comment #: CA39677
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is the worst judge in the world he allows party's who have prior abuse on their child who appeared in court. With this judge for the d.v offence commuted. Wen mother with sole custody appeared to seek justice for offence party commuted was ripped her permanent custody change to joint custody what a way to make a victim feel less than nothing

Other

Comment #: CA38193
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I hope someone finally cures the community of this person. I’ve seen him purposefully make defaming statements during hearings so people waiting for their case to be heard believe awful things, about some very lovely people too.
Then I found out he ordered chemical sterilizations of Mothers and their children. One woman many of us know about was targeted for reasons completely irrelevant to Family Court, to suit the desires of outside interests.
Marigonda also goes on rampages about how his rulings are for Personal Reasons. He will literally say “and this is PERSONAL to me because..”
Once he actually said his extremely harsh and unwarranted order was to punish this person for who they were DESCENDED FROM, and how that relative of theirs had stopped some business deal his past relatives had in San Francisco in the 1800’s. In the 1800’s, a bunch of bank scams and corrupt finance schemes were stopped by the same guy who went onto to win the Civil war for the Union. That was William T. Sherman. Sherman’s brother, John Sherman, was a lead abolitionist. These men made history fighting for slaves to be free, and Marigonda is causing physical and emotional suffering for someone because he thinks his family should’ve been able to illegally extort here from the start. Marigonda is on the wrong side of everything, present and past. [Redacted by Ed.] I think the future is not so great for anything he is involved in.

Other

Comment #: CA38121
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This man is the ultimate example of a man misusing his power over the innocent.
He boasts being a UC Berkeley grad, of which I am myself. So what? He still treats women with complete disdain and disrespect. He was demeaning and enabled my EX who already has hired the most aggressive attorney in Santa Cruz to torture me, keep the money abuse flowing and in turn stress out my adult son's who the judge knows had mental illness.
When a highly educated man like this, abuses his power it spells one thing! Narcisscist extraordinaire. We expect judges to be unbiased but...He even started my hearing stating his wife was a friend of my EX's wife....I bet they have gone to events together! [Redacted by Editor]

Litigant

Comment #: CA37149
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I am looking for an attorney who published that post which was removed shortly after it was posted. Please respond what happened? Who could remove that post?


"Civil Litigation - Private
Comment #: CA37025
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The judicial commission declared him unfit to be a judge - they were right. He is the worst judge I have been before in my 40 years of legal practice. He is tyrannical, intimidating, dishonest, inept, immoral and incompetent. He is what Hitler would have been like if he'd been a superior court judge. I cannot find the words to describe how despicable this man is, both personally and professionally. Vote him out !!!"

Other

Comment #: CA36835
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Family Court - In family court when judges grant favor to people with cluster B personality disorders children lose. In fact, children either become abusers like one parent or victims like the targeted parent. This judge has a blatant gender bias and cannot hide it. He fills his minute orders with the minimum to cover his bases. For example, a line that says "handed appeal information to xxx" when it did not happen. I witnessed him rule in favor of a parent right after warning him that his actions were in contempt of court and perjerous. I am an advocate and I witnessed him jeer at a mother "I see no evidence in your demeanor that your peace is disturbed" while she was trembling and trying to fight tears. Her husband came to this country illegaly, worked under a fake ssn, had a weapon removed from him as he threatened a neighbor in broad daylight, intentinonally rammed her vehicle as she was putting a baby in the car seat to flee with her restraining order, and was cited for pulling the phone cord from the wall when she called 911. Yet she failed to prove domestic violence. All of these events were written up by police in another county.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA34985
Rating:1.0
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Do not mislead everyone, supporter of bias judges and active judges' cheerleader. Please read my message. Last year, three attorneys were running against one judge's sit that was forced to resign, bc was caught committing a perjury crime on traffic ticket, but not for crime that all of them committing in their courtroom against humanity by torturing families. Intead, three attorneys could run against three judges and they all could easily win, but corrupted system keeps initially appointed by Governors judges untouchable and unelected and want them to sit forever to continue judicial torture. This is what corrupt judges doing they wasting taxpayers lives and money. They make everybody afraid to run against them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA34961
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
34954:

There’s no “trick” to not appearing on a ballot for a judge’s retention election in California. If nobody bothers (and spends the time trouble and money) to file papers to be a candidate to oppose a sitting judge, then the sitting judge’s name doesn’t appear on the ballot. Perfectly legal, that simple, and doing otherwise would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Other

Comment #: CA34597
Rating:1.0
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I believe my story will surpass all complaints ; please contact me if you would like to hear all facts of misconduct done onto myself and child In hopes to raise further support. This judicial complaint is above and beyond the ethics of our constitution and civil rights - my story will be heard , this irate judge has crossed the barrier of all laws and his cruel and illegal misconduct is unimaginable. This judge who buddies up with reviewing DA to charge and hurt our families and children, put my child in hands of his abuser as I had filed a restrained order for safety , Judge ordered the abusive father custody. These acts of immoral behavior destroy the youth of our children and abuse families to irreplaceable damage. This destruction of our societies emotional well being is inexcusable and we the victims must take lawful action so that others may not be subjected to such inhumane cruelty by an officer of the courts. Be aware by submitting emails, I would guarantee your email and internet will be hacked and phones maybe tapped, this is a common response to curruption in our judicial system. We will be heard hopefully we ,together can stand up for justice for all and be given our rights to have safety and law to suport. Thank you for reading .

Other

Comment #: CA33848
Rating:1.0
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Completely unhinged in a millisecond, without hearing the facts, even before a case has been officially called! Save yourself and 170.6. If you were unfortunate enough to be too late for 170.6, 170.1. The more of us that request a 170.1, perhaps the better off we shall all be. Unbelievably biased and unprofessional. The lives of our children cannot be at the mercy of Nero the Madman.

Litigant

Comment #: CA32084
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I know that Judge Marigonda for 8 years already. He is a perfect example of total power abuse. He enjoys to torture and to make those suffer who wants to get justice. His nature transformed from some very dangerous animal that eats fresh meat and he is waiting for right time when he can attack and bite and suck the blood. He has no sense of decency, honesty or love, he is simply not a human being, because he has no soul. He is servant for Satan.

Litigant

Comment #: CA32050
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I filed a disqualification against Judge Marigonda ho as covering up attacking me career criminals and gangsters beginning 2012 and not just by himself. All crooked, bias judges at that court filing the same denial on disqualification describing themselves as an honest judges. It all done in coordination with crooked law enforcement and other judges that act as a team and none of them fear to be investigated, because Judicial commissioners are not willing to investigate. It is total judicial torture serving totalitarian regime.

Other

Comment #: CA31422
Rating:Not Rated
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It would be hard to put into words the despicable and unhinged behavior this judge displays on a regular basis, because it has to be seen to be believed. Add to that some very questionable decisions; not putting the best interest of a child first, in fact, putting them in risky situations. Why this is allowed to happen over and over again is a travesty and disgrace that defies understanding. [Redacted by Ed.]

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.