Hon. Cormac J. Carney See Rating Details
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Average Rating:8.9 - 6 rating(s)
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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=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Cormac J. Carney


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24263
I had a trial with Judge Carney recently. Without a doubt, he is one of the fairest and most even-tempered judges in the Central District. He respects all players in the courtroom - plaintiffs, defendants, counsel, staff, and especially the jury. He knows the law well, which makes sense given that he helped draft the Ninth Circuit's model instructions. However, he is humble enough to "stand corrected" when he is wrong. Although he leans Rightward (so I am told), he is not overtly political or partisan. These are the qualities that make a great judge. Hopefully President Trump puts him on the Ninth Circuit.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22022
Probably the best federal criminal judge I have appeared before. Great temperament, very even handed, and was flexible with attorneys (without being overly so).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21332
I've had two cases with him, and he is a very fair judge. He granted a motion for summary judgment that I filed for the plaintiffs in a civil rights case. I was very happy with him. (Also, his clerk is very practical.)

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7341
Fantastic judge in criminal. Willing to look at the humanity of all sides -- victims, witnesses, and even defendants. It is early in his judicial career, but he has already earned a great reputation.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4966
Judge Carney is an honest, non-ideological conservative. His outstanding trait is that he really believes in fairness, perhaps harking back to his days as an All-American football star for UCLA. He is polite, follows the law, and likes lawyers. Though he seems to have an affinity for government, he keeps it in check and seems always to do the right thing. He is an extraordinary judge who takes his job, but not himself, very seriously.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2071
Judge Carney is a stalwart with the courage to identify civil conspiracy taking place in Orange County matrimonial courtrooms.

However, he is quick to dismiss cases that allege civil rights violations if the genesis of the case is a matrimonial action - no matter how egregious the violation: off the record custodial modifications done with no basis in law or fact for example.