Hon. Henry J. Walsh See Rating Details
Judge
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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Court Staff

Comment #: CA33877
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Walsh was mentioned on YouTube by Anonymous:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR8S7LbggXo

Litigant

Comment #: CA33864
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Corrupt

Court Staff

Comment #: CA33452
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Public,

[Redacted by Ed.] The statewide commission on judicial performance said Wednesday that it had publicly admonished Ventura County Superior Court Judge Henry J. Walsh for failing to disclose campaign contributions from attorneys who appeared in his court after his re-election]

I need the public’s help submitting an FOIA request for the names, dates, and amounts of these post-election campaign contributions. This list of attorneys, once published, would effectively shut down judge Walsh’s court, allowing any attorney on that list to be challenged and removed from any case before judge Walsh. It would be devastating and essentially force judge Walsh to retire.

I can’t submit an FOIA without my Anonymity being blown. That is why I need a volunteer to help me with this. Email me at RadiantTruth@pm.me.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Court Staff

Comment #: CA32638
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Walsh was publicly censured in 2016 by the Commission on Judicial Performance for soliciting and accepting post-election campaign contributions from over 150 local attorneys, which is illegal and violates anti-corruption rules meant to prevent the taking of bribes. Walsh is one of three judges in Ventura County who have been censured out of only a few dozen statewide in the last decade. That is a huge percentage and speaks volumes. Corruption in Ventura’s courts is a serious problem and needs to end. No judge should be able to solicit his influence for cash. Misconduct such as that committed by Judge Walsh seriously compromises the public’s trust in the judiciary.

It is unusual for a judge to be censured by the bar, which is usually biased in favor of judges. A censure is one step below being disbarred and dismissed from the bench.

The news article is available here: http://archive.vcstar.com/news/local/ventura/state-judicial-commission-admonishes-ventura-county-judge-henry-walsh-2b72eaa6-4421-24d8-e053-010000-368397901.html

The public censure document is available here: https://cjp.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2016/08/Walsh_02-10-16.pdf

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Court Staff

Comment #: CA32539
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Defense,

Please email me whatever information you believe to be pertinent. You can get a free anonymous email at ProtonMail, or truth me to keep your information private.

RadiantTruth@pm.me

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Other

Comment #: CA32536
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
CA32532

^ To "court staff -Radiant truth"---

Who said anything in these comments about "domestic violence, or victims of violent crimes?" Freudian slip? What made you say this?

Court Staff

Comment #: CA32528
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Private,

I would be careful not to over generalize litigants who have been truthfully wronged and denied justice. Anyone who has been in law long enough will have many examples of cases where their clients have suffered injustice. It’s the reason so many attorneys become jaded. Victims are often gaslighted and revictimized by a court system that is more geared toward protecting the perpetrator than providing justice for the victim. The result is often tragic as many attorneys involved in DV cases know.

The outcome of cases in general is random. Any attorney who claims to have all the answers or tells us that the court can never do wrong does not have much experience in the courtroom.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA32523
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
It is unfortunate that this website, which provides the bar and the public an opportunity for free anonymous reviewing of the 1600+ state judges in California is now dominated, (if not actually overwhelmed) by the incoherent raving and paranoid conspiracy theories of two or three mentally disturbed disgruntled litigants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA22768
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Proof there is a village missing it’s idiot.
Anything complex, as in first year law school is beyond him.

He reads nothing but moving papers and scans response.

Stay away at all costs

Other

Comment #: CA20722
Rating:1.0
Comments:
What a terrible judge! He accepted contributions from lawyers who appear in his court. Conflict of interest, do you think? Now he overrules the prior decisions to disclose misconduct cases in Ventura County. His election was probably rigged. He is biased and unfit. Hope he is voted out!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19793
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Harry has become a complete nut case.

CCP? Out the window. Dont even think he will apply it if he does not want to.

Law? He makes it up?

Facts? Can't remember them and no longer reads the pleadings with purpose.

Total twighight zone in 42.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15462
Rating:4.6
Comments:
Harry is losing it. Nonsensical and illogical decisions. Doesn’t read carefully and decides motions on a “what he thinks is fair” mentality

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13573
Rating:8.1
Comments:
He has a very large calendar so bring something to read while you wait. I thought Judge Walsh was very knowledgeable about the issues identified in the motion and he took the time to articulate his ruling. While I did not win on all the issues I felt that he listened and explained his reasoning which is helpful in drafting some special interrogatories and request for production. He has a very good temperament and allows all sides to voice their opinion in a professional manner. He steps in when counsel attempts to avoid answering his question and calls them on it. Very good judge!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11680
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Judge Walsh does not seem to grasp basic legal concepts, which is disappointing considering his background and education. He also apparently was admonished by the state judicial commission for failing to disclose campaign contributions from attorneys who appear in his courtroom, so perhaps that explains it. His temperament is mediocre, and he is certainly predisposed to certain parties (usually plaintiffs) in his rulings. I had one case before him where he literally ignored all relevant authorities, and adopted a completely unsupported position in his ruling. Needless to say, we ended up settling to get out of his courtroom, but I am fairly sure he would have been overturned on appeal.

While he isn't the worst judge I have appeared in front of, I tend to either seek removal or 170.6 when I get cases assigned to him.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10807
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In the interest of the public, Judge Walsh must be recalled most expeditiously.

Other

Comment #: CA8190
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Walsh is bias, discriminates, plays favorites, makes inapporpreiate comments, and overall you feel like justice is only justice according to the Judge. The Judge makes his own rules according to what he wants to do. He does not do his homework, he does not read his notes and he changes his mind from day to day.
Judge Walsh crosses over the line of Church and State.

Other

Comment #: CA6725
Rating:1.0
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Subjugates law for religious belief holding that teachers at a religious backed secular pre-school are the same as clergy, and that teachers at such a place can be fired for not holding the same religious belief as the institution. Should not be on the bench, regardless of past accomplishment or education.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3225
Rating:9.1
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Judge Walsh was generally down-to-earth, fair and hard-working. He found the plaintiff in my case to be a vexatious litigant and had the courage to grant me attorney fees on the defense. Plaintiff appealed and the Court of Appeals upheld Walsh, issuing a stinging rebuke to plaintiff. He can be gruff and impatient. He groused at me as much as at opposing counsel. But I found him to be willing to make the hard calls and do the right thing when it counted. For that reason, I wouldn't hesitate to appear before him again on any matter.