Hon. Donald F. Gaffney

Judge Gaffney's Average Overall Review:

2 Stars

Based on 29 reviews

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5156. other

Wouldn't know the law if it bit him in the ass. And that's the truth.


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1245. other

Awful. Just awful. Doesn't let you present evidence.


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1418. party to case (with attorney)

This judge is terrible. He ruled that an insurance company is not responsible for the fraud of their clients and then told the defendant to "try and stop" defrauding people. It was almost laughable.


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1441. party to case (pro se)

If you don't have n attorney and the other side does, you will lose with this judge. I had won a small claims case. The defendant appealed and brought an attorney. Gaffney said he didn't know "if there is a law for this". If that's the case, why not 1) ask the judge who already ruled on it or 2) look it up. Gaffney chose to ask the opposing counsel, with leading questions like "You wouldn't....., would you? The opposing counsel said an adamant "NO!".. Gaffney then asked the defendant "This isn't something you would do, is it? Again, another "No.". Felt like I was in a bad case of Nightcourt.


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2055. witness

I wish I could give him the zero he deserves but I guess I have to give him a bunch of "1"s. I can still see his smug smile.


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2950. attorney (private practice)

This judge has no compassion and seems arrogant and unwilling to side with the defendant in a criminal case.


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5303. party to case (with attorney)

He is the worst. What a nightmare. Once his mind is made up forget it. No matter how much evidence you have he is too arrogant to change his mind and maybe admit he made a mistake are didn't look at all the evidence. If they assign this judge to you, have your lawyer change judges. He is not a fair judge. Has his own agenda. He needs to retire.


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6243. other

Dumb Dumb ... Covers Up Complete Ignorance, Lack of Common Sense, Inability to Problem Solve and Process Information, with Anger Common of Bullies on School Yards Much Less So of Judges Possibly the stupidest son of a bitch alive And VERY Angry too Obviously abused as a child Poor Choice by Whoever Gave Him This Job, or any Job


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6290. other

How did this idiot become a family court judge? He yells at people that he doesn't care about them, he only cares about their kid(s), then completely destroys that child's life because he is either too incompetent or lazy or both to even hear the other side. He told a mother in court, who was obviously torn to pieces already because of his unjust and abusive manner, that she had to right to know where her son is and that by even asking or calling to see how her son is when with his piece of crap father is harassment. The bailiff even tried consoling her while this asshole was tearing into her because of how badly she was being treated. Disrobe this evil and corrupt judge who would rather continue to abuse women and children than serve any kind of fair treatment let alone justice. Report his corruption to the FBI in Los Angeles and to the judicial board and get him out of any and all courtrooms because if he's allowed to continue this tyrannical and unfair unconstitutional behavior, more KIDS and innocent people will be hurt and the real criminals get everything they ask for. You'd think that a former criminal judge could see the difference between the good and the bad parents but it seems instead that he just learned how to become the worst criminal of them all.


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3147. other

Terrible. You should definitely be afraid when you see that you have to go to courtroom N17. Chances are 9/10 he'll send you to Theo Lacy without so much as a glance at you. He looks for any chance he can to flash his smug smile.


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6291. other

How did this idiot become a family court judge? He yells at people that he doesn't care about them, he only cares about their kid(s), then completely destroys that child's life because he is either too incompetent or lazy or both to even hear the other side. He told a mother in court, who was obviously torn to pieces already because of his unjust and abusive manner, that she had no right to know where her son is and that by even asking or calling to see how her son is when with his father is harassment. The father meanwhile was staring at her with this twisted smile and look like he was getting his rocks off watching someone else abuse this poor woman. The bailiff even tried consoling her while this asshole was tearing into her because of how badly she was being treated. The court reporter looked to be outraged and in shock with Gaffney's behavior. Disrobe this evil and corrupt judge who would rather continue to abuse women and children than serve any kind of fair treatment let alone justice. Report his corruption to the FBI in Los Angeles and to the judicial board and get him out of any and all courtrooms because if he's allowed to continue this tyrannical and unfair unconstitutional behavior, more KIDS and innocent people will be hurt and the real criminals get everything they ask for. You'd think that a former criminal judge could see the difference between the good and the bad parents but it seems instead that he just learned how to become the worst criminal of them all.


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6473. party to case (pro se)

He is the worse judge. A druggy father has the right to have custody of his babies? Yes babies! While the working mother has had them their whole lives and taken care of them. Seriously? Give custody to a dad who leaves drug pareahenilia in kids reach? Absolutely insane!


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6477. party to case (with attorney)

Put in a request for another judge! This guy is a jerk! As my ex sat in court in his orange jumpsuit, handcuffed to the chair for huge drug charges that he received ON HIS WAY TO PICK UP MY THEN 7 YEAR OLD FOR HIS GRANTED WEEKEND, he had a car full of meth, coke, and pot and was blocks from my house to pick up my son-- he had every intention on putting my son in the car with those drugs and God knows what his next stop was. Thankfully the cops pulled him over before he reached my house! The judge still refused to give me full custody! I've never even had a speeding ticket! I'm a hard working single mom and had to end up hiring a costly lawyer to finally get full legal and physical custody while the dad finally got sentenced to 12+ years of prison for his charges yet the judge kept saying he's innocent until proven guilty while his criminal record was longer than the day is!! Request a new judge if you get this guy!! Any judge is better!


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6400. party to case (with attorney)

The worst judge and human being on the planet. This piece of shit gave sole custody of my step son to his abusive father based on lies, deceit, and his lack of knowledge of family law and justice. My son is 4 years old, has been under our roof his whole life with his 8 year old brother who has autism. I've been there since his birth, I cut his cord took his first picture and raised him as my own in a good home. Now both my sons will be split apart without a care in the world about either one of their lives and his music their and I, his grandma and everyone he knows and loves can't see him anymore because of this judges horrific treatment of women. This judge has destroyed a child's upbringing, subjected him to torture and abuse, which we had proof of from doctors, law enforcement, pictures and statements, and when we tried to file an ex party for an order of protection, Gaffney denied it as soon as he saw the name of the person who was filing even though his mother has had custody without any problems for four years until the baby came home with allegations of abuse. We reported it to law enforcement and CPS and CPS said it was unfounded. What child comes home and says he's too scared to tell us what he did because if he did that his dad said he'd kill him and everyone too? Why is it that my wife is ok to raise my older son with autism and was ok with our youngest son until he was brave enough to speak out against his piece of shit dad, Gaffney? You never even read any part of her declarations and I will make sure you are disrobed and brought up on charges for hurting, not just one, but BOTH my children. Let me ask this as well, if my son is killed because you failed to do your job and protect him from this monster, will you apologize? Would you even care too?


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6288. party to case (with attorney)

This judge is the best. He doesn't care about what's rite or wrong as long as your a criminal, he will defend you and make the good and inosent people espesholy kids suffer. If you try and stand up for you or yours he makes it even worse for them. All you have to do is sit back and watch and smile.


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6769. party to case (with attorney)

He's terrible. So much as now he's under the feds radar thank God.


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6768. other

That last review, the one above mine, sounds like it was posted by one of the many wrongfully awarded abusers in the family courts. This judge doesn't have a bone in his body that says he is out for the best interest of anyone's child. If you're a woman, he will strip you of your kid in a heartbeat just to watch them suffer. Obviously this judge has no business in family law or any other aspect of the term law unless he is being held accountable for the numerous ones he violates.


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1213. juror

Unlike the attorneys involved in this case, the judge was well-spoken, patient, prepared, and respectful of each person in the courtroom. He runs a highly efficient court, which was appreciated by all jurors. He was mindful of our schedules and did not waste our time. I was impressed by how much patience he had with the defense attorney, who fumbled all over the place and behaved as though this was his first trial (perhaps it was, however he appeared to be an older gentleman). He never once displayed annoyance or disapproval during the trial - I can not say the same for they jury. His rulings on objections were carefully considered, yet prompt. No pomp, no arrogance. I could only hope for a judge of this caliber, it I were ever to end up in court.


5

1216. party to case (with attorney)

Fair ,gives no quarter. no nonsense, to the point.


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7278. other

Colludes with attorneys representing wealthy clients without a care. Will walk all over you without a care and deny you due process if you're a woman. Needs to be dismissed from practicing law. Has no idea what's best for a child, doesn't care, and hates women.


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7579. other

Agree with every accusation that this "judge" colludes with attorneys. He had requested a deputy from OC Sheriff's to serve me with a restraining order out of Butte County that was filed by my wife's ex. Only people that should have had any knowledge of the RO were the judge who signed it in Chico, the filing party, and his attorney, and yet, somehow Gaffney requested a deputy and handed him the RO to serve on me. I was sitting in my car and better yet, I've never even been inside the same courtroom as Gaffney. He's never seen me and yet knew when and where to send the deputy ( very nice guy by the way) to serve me. Best part is, I've got the conversation between the deputy and I recorded. My favorite part of it is right after I say "Gaffney took my kid illegally" the deputy says "oh, Gaffney's the one who sent me out here" anyone else see the corruption, collusion, and illegal actions here? I don't care that he was the deputy DA or worked as a criminal judge or as the state attorney, he's hurting kids and families and getting away with it and it needs to stop. Anyone else who says he's a good guy is just as bad as he is and probably helping him get away with it.


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7580. other

I'm the one who Gaffney had served with the RO. Adding to my last, I went to Butte County and fought the restraining order. Commissioner Gunn lifted the restraining order after 4 hours in court listening to testimonies and recordings and then taking said recordings home and studying them to make sure he made the correct decision. The next morning he lifted the order and by law, Butte County's decision is final. I was able to talk to my son 2 times over FaceTime then at the next hearing here in OC, Gaffney put a no contact order (the same thing as an RO in definition) right back on me by request of my wife's ex's attorney. He granted it without hesitation. Again, I've never even seen this judge, he's supposedly never seen me, I've never been in his courtroom, and without a trial or even a request filed with the courts, put a no contact order on me illegally. Now I can't talk to my son for 6 months and probably longer because I refuse to stay quiet about his actions, his dogs at the DA's office or the corruption and lies that have put my wife myself and more importantly both my kids in the position we are in now.


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7997. other

This piece of shit strips a mother of her rights and says that she's abusive to her child which he already stripped from her and all because she asked for a continuance to seek counsel. He granted the continuance but still made orders stripping her of her rights to even talk to her son. He needs to be in prison along with all the other criminals in Orange County Family Law who ignore civil rights and act like they can't be touched.


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8002. other

He's a piece of shit. Strips a loving mother of her parental rights a few days before mother's day. If he has kids I hope they are taken from him.


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8003. other

Give me a call post 8001. Laws and rules we follow just fine. I'd be happy to show you just what the mother did. She brought up her son for 4 years without incident and from day one based on her abusive ex's lies, Gaffney has done nothing but be cruel and enable her ex to abuse her son. Call me 714-527-7720 names Chris


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6515. party to case (with attorney)

Judge Gaffney is a fair, no nonsense judge. You'd better stick to facts rather than show up with unsubstantiated hearsay or you will be greatly disappointed. He rules on the best interest of the child(ren) even if the parents can't see through their own anger and bitterness to see that this is the case.


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8001. other

Sounds like this person in comment 7997 has a problem excepting rulings. Im sure if the person was awarded custody themselves and everything went their way, then they would call Gaffney the best judge in the world. Be thankful you got a continuance and maybe follow the laws and get back the rights you were stripped of. Stop blaming others for your lack of knowledge of laws. Im 100% sure the rights weren't stripped for "just asking for a continuance"....... There's a whole lot more missing from this story. What did the mother really do to cause a judge to act so agresively (law wise) ? What were the rights to children removed for? Was it the children's safety? Was it in the kids best interest? See, a lot of detail missing in this rant. Just saying


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8040. other

If there was a zero star, I'd give it. In this family law case, this man was rude, angry, and inappropriate during the entire hearing. He humiliated the attorney for our side - purposely, with sarcasm and taunts. He refused to hear an expert who waited four hours to testify. He thinks he knows it all, so certainly does not need any input from an expert. He could not have cared less about the children's best interests. He does not always know the law, and refuses to follow it when he does know it. He was given un-refuted evidence that the other party lied to the court under oath about a significant issue, and said on the record he did not care. If you can avoid having him on your case, DO IT. RUN the other way, he's mean spirited, angry, and very biased and unfair - once he decides something, he will not hear any evidence to the contrary - and he makes up his mind in about 3 minutes - any one who thinks they know it all should not be a judge. Gaffney does not care about the facts, evidence, and least of all the children. VERY sad - he's ruined the children's lives and has no concern for that. He could not remember the case from time to time - he ordered reviews, and then asked, "why are we here?" He just needs to retire. He obviously hates family court, and should leave. God be with you if you are stuck with him on your case. You might as well give up if you are the woman. I did not believe he was a woman-hater (as I read here) until I saw him in action, and he CLEARLY has some problem with women. Attorneys: do NOT accept this judge if your client is the woman. IF you have the man, go for it, no matter how crazy or bad your client is, he will likely come out with the kids. If you can talk fast enough and sling enough mud, Gaffney will be confused and you can avoid having those pesky facts get in the way, so the abusive parent will be preferred over the loving and safe parent. I have lost ALL faith in the court system - there is no such thing as justice in this man's courtroom, so just settle out of court for whatever you can get and move on - it can't be worse than risking your life and your kids' lives to this judge.


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8041. other

Removed custody of a child from his primary caregiver for his whole life, over 5 years, with zero evidence to do so. Yes, she was the mother! HATES women.


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