There are three ways to access a Judge’s Bio.
1. Clicking on the Judge’s Name
After you’ve found the judge you are looking for, you can click on the Judge’s name. This will direct you to the Judge’s Bio page.
2. At A Glance Tab
You can also get to the Judge’s Bio by clicking on the View Analytics Dashboard button, if it is available for the selected judge.
Once the page has loaded, click on the Bio tab located on the top right of the page.
3. Bio Section of the Judge Report
If your Judge has a Judge Report available, you can also view the Judge’s Bio from the Report.
Just click on the Judge Report button and you can either scroll down to the Biography section or you can click on Biography from the column on the left.
What is on the Judge Bio Page?
On the Bio page you will find useful information pertaining to the judge, not limited to:
- The Judge’s Biography;
- The Civil Superior Court associated with the Judge;
- The Judge’s Bar Number;
- Who the Judge was appointed by;
- Articles written by the Judge;
- Articles about the Judge;
- Court Info;
- Courtroom Rules; and
- Recent Dockets from the Judge’s courtroom, if available.
At A Glance
If Judge Analytics are available for the Judge you’ve selected, this At A Glance page will load once you’ve clicked the Judge Analytics button.
Here you have a high level overview and stats all on one page.
In addition to providing the active number of cases currently assigned to this Judge, Trellis also provides:
- The percentage as to how this judge ranks against other judges in the same county;
- An interactive scale to see where the judge falls in terms of active caseload against other judges in the same county; and
- An interactive scale to see where the judge falls in terms of active caseload against other judges in the entire state.
Average Case Length
Here, Trellis provides the average number of days a case stays pending before a judge, from the first filing to the first dismissal order.
Trellis also provides:
- The county average;
- The percentage as to how this judge ranks in hearing cases against other judges in the same county;
- An interactive scale to see where the judge falls in terms of average case length against other judges in the same county; and
- An interactive scale to see where the judge falls in terms of average case length against other judges in the entire state.
Motion Grant Rate
Here, Trellis provides the Judge’s overall grant rate across motion types.
- The judge’s overall grant rate;
- The average county grant rate;
- A percentage of where the judge ranks in overall grant rate as compared to the county’s average;
- An interactive scale to see where the judge falls in terms of average motion grant rate in the county; and
- An interactive scale to see where the judge falls in terms of average motion grant rate in the state.
Here, if there is enough analytical data available, Trellis provides information on the judge’s tendency to rule, whether it is more for the plaintiff or the defendant.
What is also included is the percentage at which the Judge is likely to rule in favor of the Defendant.
The Verdict Data that is included is specific to bench trials.
Case Practice Area Breakdown
On the bottom of the page is a breakdown of all the types of cases that the Judge hears. You can use this to gage whether the judge hears this type of case often and are knowledgeable about this type of law or if they need to be educated.
You can click on the different sections of the Practice Area pie chart to see what percentage of the Judge’s cases are made up of each practice area.
Once you click on a specific section, you will see the Matter Type pie chart will be updated to give you a closer look at the Judge’s cases.
The third page available on the Judge Analytics Dashboard is the Motions tab.
Here you will be able to see the Motion Grant Rates for this particular Judge.
On the left hand column you will be able to filter by Motion Type. If the Motion you are looking for is not listed, there may currently not be enough data related to that particular motion.
Once you’ve chosen the Motion Type, there may be additional filters that appear that will let you filter by the Practice Area.
The main Motion Grant Rates table will show you whether the Judge’s overall grant rate for this specific Motion Type is higher or lower than the county’s average.
And below you will see the grant, denial, and partial grant percentage of the Judge, the average in the county, and the average in the state.
Lower down there are two charts, one for when the Motion was filed by the Plaintiff, and another for when the Motion was filed by the Defendant.
If we don’t have enough analytical data for a specific report, we like to be transparent about that fact.
As you can see above, we don’t have enough data for when Demurrers are filed by Plaintiffs, which is standard since in California the Defendant would file a Demurrer.
However, if you take a look at the right table, Trellis provides the judge’s grant rate based on the moving party, and a comparison of the grant, denial, and partial grant rate as compared to the county and state average.
Also included in our Judge Analytics Dashboard is an Outcomes tab.
The Outcomes tab displays how this particular judge’s cases are actually getting disposed of. This is a great way to set expectations and to strategize early.
In the middle of the page you have a pie chart that provides a high level breakdown of this judge’s case outcomes.
Included in the breakdown are percentages for each case outcome included.
If you’d like a deeper look into a specific practice area, you can click on the one you want on the left hand side of the chart.
In some cases, there may also be additional Matter Type Breakdowns that you can select to further narrow the case outcome breakdown.
The last tab that is included in the Judge Analytics Dashboard is the Case Milestones page.
By providing average case milestones compared to other judges in the same county and state, we’ve allowed you to set client and partner expectations regarding timing for a specific case.
On the top row there is information regarding the Average Case Duration and the Average Time to the Case Management Conference. Trellis also provides percentages for how this particular judge compares to other judges.
On the bottom row there is information regarding the Average Time to Trial and the Average Time to First Dismissal Order.
The landing page provides a high level overview of this judge’s case milestones. For a more in-depth look, you can filter by Practice Area and Matter Type from the column on the left hand side.