Hon. Kent M. Kellegrew See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Ventura 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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Litigant

Comment #: CA28369
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He should feel shame, but I know someone like that is not capable of remorse. That is why this needs to be brought to light so he can’t openly do this ever again.

Litigant

Comment #: CA28367
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Kent Kellegrew is retiring. Thank god. This is a very good thing for Ventura county. He has hurt so many people and it’s obvious reading the comments here. He was privately admonished by the judicial council in 2015 for violating anti-corruption rules, having undeclared sources of income, failing to report it as required by law, and filing five false salary affidavits. That is called perjury in my book, a felony, and only judges with power and influence can get away with it and receive just a slap on the wrist when caught (privately!). Judicial council admonishments should be public, not private.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA26590
Rating:1.0
Comments:
What I've seen left enough of an imprint on me that I found this guy a total loser! I makes me wonder what's happening in the ranks that somebody like him can get in the position he's in. I know that Ventura County has been prone to every idiot, gambler, drunk, bowling alley owner, bookies, etc; since I was a small child so it's not a surprise to me that he'd be there, but how would he get there?

Court Staff

Comment #: CA26589
Rating:1.0
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I will never forget what a total screwball this guy was and how sickening he made the courts in Ventura seem because he had the position he had. Later on I was told by very reliable sources that where his kids went to school he was trying to work out 3somes with women!!! Just plain doesn't have morals!! Everybody's a sinner, but he hasn't the right to sin while on the job! He even makes fun of family members of defendants of the court for asking for mercy. He's a snake with legs!! So are the people in the District Attorney's office! Scumbags!! They don't care who they destroy just to get a story or bring fame to that gang of filth at the Ventura County Offices! Gamblers, Bookies, Every bum in Ventura works or worked there off the people's tax dollars!! I moved away!!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA24707
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This man is extremely rude and unprofessional and incapable of handling stress. He was trying to fly through his calendar and yelled at an attorney in open court to "shut up". He is an embarrassment to the legal community.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA15366
Rating:1.4
Comments:
This man was an actor playing his role. He was just putting his time in. With the case I saw, it was a "high profile" so they thought and he thought he was a big shot in it. He was a jerk the whole case. I have experience in the judgment of people's actions under duress because of counseling training and many years of employment agency screening. He was so easy to read! It was frightening to think that someone like that was in that position!

Other

Comment #: CA15365
Rating:1.0
Comments:
total phony

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15358
Rating:5.3
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He failed to read an opposition then asked "where the support" was he would have known in 2 locations had he read the Oppos. Then blew his stack when questioned about the tentative irrationally. Failed to follow the law and made bad ruling.
A frustrating castrada he is.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14528
Rating:2.3
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Kellegrew was a night court juddge promoted due to a shortage of judges. In business, this is called the "Peter Principle" whereby given enough time, everyone will be promoted to a position beyon their ability. Ventura Courts have a long reputation of "Good Ole Boys", just ask any attorney from outside the county. Kellegrew exemplifies this fact in spades. Read the other responses, they are ALL on point and there is no reason to reiterate them here. If you are assigned to this incompetent judge, move for a new one. He will spend no effort to understand or even read your case. His knowledge of law for this level of the Court is totally absent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13926
Rating:1.4
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I have never seen a Judge go out of the way to support a pre-determined decision he had made about a case before any evidence was presented. He did not read any motion. He took counsels inflamatory statements as evidence and seemed wholly unconcerned with the law. We will be playing an active role in trying to retire this judge in 2021.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA13891
Rating:4.8
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Kellegrew has the ability to be a capable judge or he wouldn't be one. My experience with him is that his integrity is questionable. I suppose that happens to those whose moral values have been tossed in today's mixed salad of what's right and what's wrong. In the personal case I saw him try, he favored the setup deal with the District Attorney over what was considered a "High Profile" case that could have gone in favor or any one of the parties involved. There had to be one sacrificial lamb, or martyr if you will, and Kellegrew played out the part in behalf of the remaining characters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13881
Rating:1.0
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It was my general impression this man was below par for this office for every moment I was in view of his actions. The way he handled himself in court was totally obvious that he was aware he was a part of something that was wrong. How he handled his responsibilities wreaked with the atmosphere that he was playing a part. Totally oblivious to the truth of the person who was on trial. Completely ignored any reasonable information presented to him. He knew the case had already been settled in the District Attorneys Office. In my opinion, that's a no good liar acting out a lie on the taxpayer's dollar!!

Other

Comment #: CA13656
Rating:Not Rated
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In the 1st case of the day the defendant an unrepresented individual failed to appear 10,000 dollar bench warrant and he rule in favor of the attorney represented plaintiff. The next case the Plaintiff an attorney failed to appear so he had his personal staff contact the attorney and moved the case to another day to accommodate the attorney whom failed to appear and the Defendants where forced to accommodate. I would say that Judge Kellegrew is an easily bought Judge nothing he did that day seemed without prejudice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12043
Rating:6.2
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This judge did not read any paperwork in our case. He basically granted an injunction without a proper showing just because he wanted to maintain status quo even if that meant the defendant's would lose their home in a foreclosure because the tenants are not paying rent.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11723
Rating:1.0
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This judge can be bought for cheap. The employee unions, the insurance companies own him. Voters should get rid of this low life at the very next opportunity.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11722
Rating:1.0
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This is a "predatory" judge. He routinely sides with whichever party is stronger politically or has more clout. The law and fairness is just not his forte.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA11190
Rating:9.9
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Judge Kellegrew has the perfect judicial temperament and is always prepared for his calendars. He clearly puts in the hours to have many meaningful law and motion hearings every single day. He is not motivated by politics and will not hesitate make a politically unpopular ruling. Put simply, he is faithful to the law and a significant asset to Ventura County.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11103
Rating:1.0
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He doesn't base his decisions on the law. Doesn't read the briefs, doesn't read documents, and doesn't read pleadings. Shows bias. He delays trial decisions for over a year. Files false salary affidavits.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10622
Rating:4.5
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Very disappointed in this judge who regularly complains in open court that he has too much work to do. Says the only motions he hates more than discovery motions are demurrers. It is apparent as he fails to review written motions and forms opinions with no evidence. Sad to say many think he is one of the "better" judges in Ventura County.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10529
Rating:3.6
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Very pro-insurer. Even for Ventura, he is among the worst of the worst.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9945
Rating:1.0
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He is a horrible horrible man. I don't get how he is doing that job. Major loss for the Ventura County Court System.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7887
Rating:2.8
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This is the only judge we have challenged for cause based on his relationship with an insurance defense firm.

Other

Comment #: CA6804
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The worst!!! how is he still on the bench is beyond me. Giving someone 15 years for a NON VIOLENT offense is mind boggling.
We have rapists, killers and child molesters who get less time.
Not only that being sent to a PRISON where violent inmates are is again mind boggling.
Where The non violent inmate was attacked unprovoked!!

Other

Comment #: CA6105
Rating:1.0
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This man has good spots but is overall self-serving and power happy. He seems to want to do just enough good to be presentable, the rest of the time, he's headless and heartless and above the law! He thinks nothing of overstepping his position and personally ridiculing not only people on trial but their families as well. He has a sneaky way about him of seeming to be a fair guy when he is actually likened to a snake! I would give a snake more respect than him. I have seem him in court, at sentencing at conversations and at various times at different circumstances and his personality remains the same. He's a racist in such a way that he is married to someone of a different race and is partial, or "ex parte" to anyone of her race who is on trial????The guys a creep like most of those people there. It's been that way since I've been small child in Ventura. The County Courts have always been run by the wives of "bookies' and big betters and tax evaders and drunken bartenders and bowling alley owners, why should the judges be proper??A lot of redemption to be made over there....woohoo!!

Other

Comment #: CA6092
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Why didn't Kent Kellegrew recuse himself from the pension ballot matter...as a former ventura county employee, he is in the pension system.

We need an investigation of Kent Kellegrew and Citizens for Retirement Security, the county employee ant-taxpayer group run by the fire and police department.

Kellegrew's one vote against the pen sion ballot measure...prevented 800,000 ventura county residents from voting on the matter.

Kellegrew has no understanding of the law.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5481
Rating:10.0
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Judge Kellegrew is fair to both sides of the lawsuit. He was patient and explained all information throughly. He gave both parties equal time to present their case and defenses. I am th plaintiff in an unlawful detainer case. I am very thankful to have this jusge review my case. He was fair and objective.

Other

Comment #: CA4402
Rating:1.0
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All it took was a very few days witnessing a trial to see how ex parte Judge Kent Kellegrew allowed the trial to be conducted. In every way that he had the power and duty as the judge to exercise his control, he failed to do so! It was a total disaster in favor of the Deputy District Attorney and the client they favored! There was absolutely no defense at all for the accused: evidence that was not admissible was accepted without question, and tax issues concerning the IRS were being tried in the Supreme Court?

Other

Comment #: CA3752
Rating:Not Rated
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As the last commenter pointed out, Judge Kellegrew is very biased against out of town counsel. This is taken to the extent that he hold this against local residents; denying a fair trial for the sake of sticking it to the out-of-town attorney.
He looks to the DAs for legal application and precedent; which again leads bias.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3639
Rating:1.0
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This judge should not be on the bench. His demeanor is seemingly very civil but he performs the duties of his office poorly. He delays inordinately in issuing judgments in probate cases -- months or years -- all the while signing his salary affidavits and drawing his pay. His practice of holding trial days only on Fridays contributes to this. He home-towns any out-of-town counsel -- to him it is all about Ventura-based counsel and parties. Chronically tardy to the bench (up to an hour) and once saw him berate a young pro per litigant who had missed her hearing by a few minutes because her bus was late -- this shortly after he had taken the bench 45 minutes late -- the message was, it's OK for him to be grossly tardy, but not OK for a young unrepresented person to be a few minutes late (her matter went off calendar so who knows if she got a chance to be heard again or if so when). Kellegrew masks all of this behind a seemingly very courtly and polite demeanor making it seem on the surface as though he is very fair and even-keeled (which he is not).