Hon. James G. Bertoli See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sonoma County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.8 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. James G. Bertoli



Comment #: CA26120
Rating:Not Rated
This judge went way out of his way to not honor a plea deal I had taken with another judge in 2006. He was absolutely hell bent on trying to incarcerate me for some reason even though there was zero evidence against me for the case. I simply took a deal so I wouldn't lose my job and he singlehandedly destroyed my faith in the judicial system with his hardcore attitude and lack of understanding for certain situations. He blatantly ignored the conditions that a previous judge had set that convinced me to take the deal. I thoroughly hope he has changed his ways.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA25083
Why is he preforming music for a Fundraiser (9/19 Kunde Winery) for a victim who was awarded $10million dollars by the State of California?
Very suspicious!


Comment #: CA25082
He is definitely biased especially against low income Mothers, especially those without an Attorney.
He has no children.
He plays in a Country parody band and awards And favors his fans.
He covered on eye when speaking to me.
He is strange, unprofessional and does not recuse himself when involved personally.
He sentenced me years ago for a minor domestic/civil act, but dismissed the other party innocent who strangled me.
He was in Criminal is now in Family Law.
I am going to the District Attorney and suing him.

Something is very strange and creepy about this man.
Awarded full physical and full legal to every Father in the Courtroom, with no reasoning as to why a Mother is not given any rights.
He is denying my children Healthcare.
Denied me an Emergency Protective Order.
I have complained about him to Superior.


Comment #: CA14898
Ask for a different judge.


Comment #: CA11268
He is discriminatory, rude, arrogant, abusive, he violates his Oath of office, aids the abusers, alienates kids from parents solely to help put kids into Kids for Ca$h programs run by his BAR Buddies, he threatens people constantly. Disgrace to his profession. Also, People should be asking if hes married who was Lynette Harris and why was she murdered?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9829
Arrogant, thinks he smartest one in the room,
Thinks he knows what's best
Lacks common sense
Does what he wants
Doesn't follow the law

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4147
He is very likeable guy. He runs a relaxed courtroom. He is well-meaning. He is also practical and results-oriented. Unfortunately, he doesn't necessarily follow the law. He is an effective settlement judge.

He's in love with all things baseball.