Hon. Carlos Velategui See Rating Details
Superior Court
King County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.1 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 6 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)

What others have said about Hon. Carlos Velategui


Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: WA913
Poor excuse for a Commissioner good ol' boy agrees with any attorney that jokes around with him. He caused my elderly mothers home to be taken from her, now she sits in an adult family home a house that she worked all her life for. He does not read the information that is before him and rubber stamps anything a knowledgeable attorney that can sway him to see things their way. Easily fooled.


Comment #: WA886
We haven't had much expiriencd in a court room or with the law, but there's just something terribly wrong with a person who violently and graphically threatens to put one of the best fathers I know in jail, in front of his three children, for buying them a house after their mother died. And what would happen to these children? Is that really the purpose of a guardian ad litem? To see to it that rules and laws be enforced to our children's detriment? What kind of system, what interest is that system invested in? This man sickens me.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA700
Cons: Condescending to all parties and lacks fundamental understanding of some areas of the law that he presides over. Often ignores precedent and statutes in favor of his personal idea of justice.

Pros: Tries hard to come up with a fair result without further litigation, but will often ignore the law in order to get to that result.


Comment #: WA695
This judge is incompetent and lacking in knowledge of RCW; he seemed predisposed to favor minority litigants who game the system. He throws temper tantrums in court. Avoid him like the plague.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA677
This judge is highly respected by the bar.


Comment #: WA672
He ignores evidence. He sealed the file when there was proven misconduct on the part of the guardianship attorney. He ignores judicial rules in favor of the guardianship firm.


Comment #: WA554
Awful. Quoted hospital records that had not been placed into evidence yet. Agreed to TRO app that was wrong from start to finish, from the last name to the one-sided character attack. (None of which was true.) Highly deferential to men, esp. male lawyers. An embarrassment. F-.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA375
This commissioner seemed to have determined the outcome before hearing attorney's arguments, declined to allow witnesses to speak ("too much court time needed"), and generally seemed petulent and moody. Avoid his court.


Comment #: WA363
I believe that judge has participated in human rights violations. He has participated in the annulment of a person's marriage against their will and in the placement of no contact orders between friends against their will. Because of this he is a threat to the Constitution. He has temper tantrums in court. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViQmmp59gfE&feature=relmfu


Comment #: WA262
Velategui seems to have personal emotional problems that extendend into his work. I'd recomend avoiding him. His rulings are likely to be unpredicable, and have little or no relationship to the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA61
Judge Velategui is really a nice guy. He will listen to your case. Knowledgeable after all these years as a Commissioner. In a recent case I had he gave a very thoughtful, reasoned decision.