Hon. Loretta Murphy Begen See Rating Details
Superior Court
Stanislaus County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.4 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Loretta Murphy Begen


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA25135
It was a sad day when Judge Begen retired. She was unfailing polite to all who came into her courtroom, while still maintaining the authority of her position. While she never became visibly angry or out of control, she didn't tolerate fools, unprepared lawyers, or dirty trickersters of any type. So I'm guessing that others who rated her lower than I did may fall into one of those categories. I also never appeared before her in any criminal matters, so perhaps things were different on that side. As far as the probate calendar that she managed for 10+ years, she was excellent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13710
I have been practicing Family Law for over 30 years. Judge Begen favors certain attorneys and she decides her rulings before she hears any evidence or testimony even if the evidence is clearly opposite to her ruling. Thankfully, she retired.


Comment #: CA13476
She's very biased. I'm not just referring to her rulings. The bias begins the first moment you appear before her. She called my family law case and I didn't know what hit me. Right off the bat, she started yelling at me. How could she get such a negative opinion of me from the get-go? Clearly, she must have listened to someone sympathetic to my ex before hearing the case. Her ruling, not surprisingly, reflected her extreme animosity toward me.


Comment #: CA13389
Easily manipulated by the skilled and perhaps favored attorneys. Perhaps overworked. Appeared to be more concerned about going on to the next case than looking into issues thoroughly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10018
Lazy, lazy judge. Allows cases to drag on indefinitely for the benefit of her 'favorite' attorneys. Needs to find a new job or retire!


Comment #: CA9534
Easily swayed by attorneys she either favors, or who have learned to game and play her and the legal system. The taxpayers could do better. Appears jaded in her present position, needs rotated if allowed to stay.


Comment #: CA9484
Rating:Not Rated
Has become jaded.Has great ability to become capable again with continuing education, reassignment, nice vacation, and/or a different judicial setting.


Comment #: CA9482
Easily biased, poor overall, has favorite attorneys, sometimes did not study adequately prior to sessions, relied on attorneys. Very intelligent but now becomung jaded, needs rotated. Was a victim of CA recession, too many cases. Tended to trust favorite attorneys, however these few "priviliged" Stanislaus County attorneys have learned to capitalize on this and will game and play her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6630
Judge Begen is very fair-minded, perhaps to a fault, giving all parties the opportunity to be heard, and is adept at bringing parties to resolution of contested family law, probate and conservatorship matters.