Hon. Elisabeth K. Mineta

Judge Mineta's Average Overall Review:

1 Stars

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3859. party to case (with attorney)

Need to remove. Doesn't look at papers filed with the court weeks before court date. Has no idea what she ruled before and doesn't consider the children. All this Judge wants is the case off her desk. It doesn't work that way in family court. Judge Mineta needs a wake-up call, you have to read the information before making a ruling, consider the children you are impacting.


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3845. party to case (with attorney)

This Judge is extremely prejudice and already makes up her mind before hearing all the evidence before the court. She doesn't think of the outcome of the children when making a ruling. Judge Mineta is arrogant and thinks she can misuse the law for her own agenda.


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3725. witness

This court system is a joke. There is no sense of legal or moral guideline followed. The court reporter Richard Lee doesn't do his job and purposely withholds important information the court needs to make a decision. Judge Mineta needs to be removed, she places children back in the homes of abusers Without looking at all the evidence. She ignores important information/evidence and attempts to reunite children with their parents even when the parent is still abusive and neglectful.


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3783. witness

This entire family law system in Monterey needs to be reviewed. Judge Mineta doesn't follow court guidelines and allows attorney's to speak disrespectful to her and others. This more like watching a monkey show then attending court. Family law is not a joke, the law should be upheld to ensure justice for the children.


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4098. witness

This Judge should be removed, it is apparent she doesn't read important information, the basis for her ruling is from false information given to her inappropriately through undocumented conversations from court staff or other court officials. This Judge violates the law and is a disgrace to Monterey county court. I am embarrassed to know my hometown family law court is represented by such a unlawful and incompetent judge. Someone needs to review her ruling and remove her as a family law Judge


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3916. party to case (with attorney)

Definitely unpredictable, doesn't matter who is at fault or what the children want or need. This Judge makes a ruling off of her mood.


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4139. witness

This Judge disrespects women who stand up against abusive men. Mineta makes inappropriate comments and rules off her emotions and what her belief is, instead of acting like a Judge and ruling off of state and federal laws. It is not ethical for a judge to impose her own beliefs onto a family and put a child in harm's way because of those beliefs. Judge Mineta needs to be removed before a child is seriously hurt or dies due to her inability to follow or look at real evidence submitted to the court.


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2792. witness

Judge not following evidence in front of her face. Has no right to give Judgment on cases she does not fully follow or read. Goes easy on men who are not following court orders, allowed him to make excuses. My Daughter and I received no help or Justice. forcing a child to visit an abuser is wrong. Judges like this give power to the abuser and take away the rights of the victim. Please remove now!


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2881. other

This Judge is proof of important it is to be an actively practicing attorney with experience before being appointed as a Judge. She has no idea how to handle complicated cases and look at the facts. It is so important to read all information and not form an opinion based unsubstantiated accusations. This Judge forces children back into an unsafe environment by allowing abusive parents to make excuses for their behavior and not hold them accountable for their bad behavior. I have seen many Judges come and go in Monterey, I can honestly state Elisabeth Mineta has the worst attitude towards mothers, even when the mother is not at fault. Mineta is prejudice towards protective mothers who are trying to help their children. She allows abusive men to get away with anything. Please get a new Judge in who will make justified rulings from reading all the documentation provided to the court, and who will protect the children of this county.


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3152. party to case (with attorney)

Completely disregarded the facts in my case. Obviously did not read any of my paperwork. How can she sleep at night knowing she aloud an abusive man to get away with hurting our child. Get a judge who will uphold the law and protect the innocent. She is only concerned with clearing her docket or calendar, not taking the time to find out the truth, which could protect a child. Someone needs to Please review her cases.


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3536. other

This judge has no sense of decency, fairness, or restraint and makes no effort to reason things out or take time to consider how her decisions might possibly affect the parties involved. I have strong reason to believe she delegates important decisions to assistants who were not present in court and did not hear testimony as it was given. She allows her personal feelings to impact her temperament and decision making. Multiple attorneys reported fear of her moods and how they would affect her rulings, which speaks volumes to her lack of professionalism and integrity. She seems to make up her mind in the first few minutes of exposure to a case which party she's going to side with, then proceeds to ignore or actively suppress evidence and testimony (even court-appointed experts) if it doesn't fit with her preconceived decision about what the judgment was going to be at the start. As others have said, I suspect this is because she wants the thing over and done with, and it really makes no difference to her either way - family court judges are seldom held to account. Perhaps most importantly, her snap judgment mentality reveals clearly and early on who she favors in a case, destroying any possibility for the parties to negotiate a reasonable settlement. She has zero concern for the well-being of the children whose futures she's dictating, ignoring even the advice/testimony of the court's own expert witnesses. She will cut one parent out of children's lives without a thought to either the kids or the affected parent. Last, she awards crippling support payments in excess of what a party may even be seeking (or is warranted) and with no regard for ability to pay, which smacks of punishment. This is not one isolated case, either. I have never seen a person make decisions of such importance with less diligence or conscience. I sincerely hope enough people file complaints (search the California Commission on Judicial Performance, then search "filing a complaint") that the state reviews the rulings made under this petty tyrant. Posting here might get the word out, but for anything to really be done about it, you need to file a complaint. Her decisions - all of them - need to undergo a review by a competent, independent authority. An absolute disgrace to the bench.


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3141. courthouse employee

She is not concerned with finding the truth, only making the case easier to deal with, or close the case entirely. She needs to learn her judgment changes lives, and can cause serious harm to a child for years if she makes the wrong decision based on making the case go away rather than on the facts and reported truth. Family law Is not a place to train or season an uneducated judge, we need someone we can honestly trust to protect our families, especially our children who can't defend themselves.


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3420. party to case (with attorney)

I to have proof from professionals my children were abused by their father and he is still being abusive. He lies to the court and the judge sits on her bench and allows it, never charging him with contempt for lying or not following cout orders. This Judge enables bad behavior and allows abusive men to get away with lying to the court and allows them to continue abusing children with any consequences. This Judge is only concerned about clearing her docket, and closing the case. Judge mineta should have never been allowed to handle family law court.


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3516. other

Judge Mineta is an example of what we don't need in our court room, especially governing over family court.Judge Mineta obviously doesn't take the time to read important documentation needed to make a justified ruling.Judge Mineta is fickle and her rulings revolve are her mood instead of the evidence before the court. She excuses bad and even violent behavior, allowing abusive men to make excuses for their behavior and lying to the court. Judge Mineta also allows many men to get away with breaking court orders, while rolling her eyes and becoming very harsh towards mothers fighting to protect their children from abuse and neglect. As long as Judge Mineta in on the bench there will be no lawful justified ruling in family law. Our children in Monterey who find their cases being ruled on by Judge Mineta are in serious jeopardy of being forced back into abusive and deadly environments. these children deserve to be protected from know abusers, not forced to reunite with a father/mother who refuses to admit they have a problem and who will only repeat the abusive behavior or escalate the abuse since Judge Mineta is allowing and enabling their behavior.


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3322. witness

husband makes $3000 a month. Wife makes over 7000 a month. How can she order the husband to pay child support! !!!


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3663. party to case (with attorney)

She doesn't read all of the declarations and her decisions are based on what someone else says such as a family counselor. The family counselor that I hired was Patricia McDermott which her report was contradicting. I showed the Judge that my two kids were kidnapped by their own mother, that the other judge force my ex to come up to Monterey County if I pay her rent, my oldest son got dropped from the school due to not showing up, proof of mother being aggressive, failing twice to follow the visitation court order, fail to take my kids to the doctor,dentist and eye doctor (which i took them on my limited visitation time). I still lost the case by having the judge giving my children physical custody to the mother and to be allow to move back with my children to the same place where my ex had them kidnapped. I also showed the judge that I'm an excellent father that the majority of the time I used to take time from work to take my oldest son to school, doctor,dentist,school field trips, parent meetings, help with homework, wash clothes, cook meals on weekends etc etc. We have a horrible family law court system in Monterey County. I have being paying my ex wife rent for over a year as per court order, but I was also have give her extra money for the support of my kids for almost a whole year (until child support started taking money from my pay check), I paid also for pg&e, cable, cell etc etc for 6 months. I lost my kids in Court, I'm still paying my ex rent as per court order until she moves from Monterey County as per court order plus I'm paying child and spousal support including medical insurance for my two kids as it was order by the court. This is 95% of my income. Thank you for ruined my kid's life and my life forever.


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3726. witness

This court system is a joke. There is no sense of legal or moral guideline followed. The court reporter Richard Lee doesn't do his job and purposely withholds important information the court needs to make a decision. Judge Mineta needs to be removed, she places children back in the homes of abusers Without looking at all the evidence. She ignores important information/evidence and attempts to reunite children with their parents even when the parent is still abusive and neglectful.


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3745. witness

I agree, I've witnessed many cases where investigator Lee corrected himself in court after another witness came forward. The entire Monterey family court needs to be reviewed. It saddens me to know the country I've lived in all my life has a family law court system that is extremely corrupt and doesn't protect our children.


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3790. party to case (with attorney)

I've tried to plead my case to the Judge. This Judge doesn't read information and took advantage that I don't speak English very well.


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3793. courthouse employee

Judge Mineta has her own agenda, she makes a decision before reading or listening to the evidence before the court. Mineta purposely overlooks important information pertaining to child abuse and neglect, if it interferes with her agenda. I've witnessed time and time again as Mineta ignores declarations and dismisses important information needed to make a justified ruling.


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3802. other

This judge is fair. She obviously read the documents and considered the witness testimony. Positive experience.


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4162. other

Judge Mineta is arrogant for thinking she can make judgments which impact children's lives, without reading vitally important life saving information submitted to the court. Mineta thinks she is above the law and can listen to one-sided uninvestigated information given behind closed doors by an unethical unreliable court investigator who has his own agenda by protecting abusive men by twisting people's words to shed a bad light on the protective mother's. The entire family court in Monterey is judicially corrupted by unethical unreliable court officials who protect abusers and purposely place children back in dangerous situations which will impact their entire lives. Judge Mineta and the other unethical court officials are going to be personally responsible for the continued physical, psychological, emotional abuse of several children. These children's lives are at stake, at what point is someone going to step in and remove judge Mineta inorder to save these innocent children who need protection.


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4748. party to case (with attorney)

Judge unfairly allows attorney's to disrespect the court and case victims.


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4888. party to case (with attorney)

If you have any complaints on how the Judge is handling your case. Contact Governor Jerry Brown by mail or e-mail explaining you case and include your case number, with a detail of your complaints and proofs along with a contact telephone number. Mailing address Governor Jerry Brown State Capitol, CA 95814 Sacramento, CA 95814, e-mail address on web site https://govnews.ca.gov. In addition file a complaint to her Supervisor (Family Law) Hon. Heidi K. Whilden and file another complaint to Presiding Judge Hon. Mark E. Hood both located at 240 Church St. Salinas Ca 93901. You can also file a complaint with the Superior Court weblink cjp.ca.gov this form can be send to Commission on Judicial Performance at 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14400 San Francisco, California 94102 (Tel 415 557-1200 (415) 557-1266. The provided information was obtain online. Don't give up on your kids and your rights. Good luck to all of us.


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2787. witness

This Judge should be removed, she knows nothing about family law. She treats victims in the case badly, doubtful she reads most paperwork.


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2790. witness

Judge definitely doesn't take family law seriously. Can tell she doesn't follow recommendations of other court officials. Someone needs to do something before a child is hurt due to her ruling.


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2821. courthouse employee

Judge does not read all declaration, makes uneducated decision. Is prejudice in many cases.


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2845. witness

This Judge needs to be re-schooled to deal with family law properly. Has poor judgement and does not look at all facts. Ruled on my case without reading most of the paperwork. Does not follow evidence. Makes rude comments which are not appropriate for a Judge ruling on a case. Please remove and give us a Judge who knows how to handle family law.


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2861. witness

I am saddened to see Monterey country allow this Judge to make one bad ruling after another. someone needs to step in and set the court straight before any more families and children are placed in harm's way. To force as abused child to spend time with the abuser is unforgivable. Someone please help.


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3052. courthouse employee

Judge does not follow protocol, does not read entire documents to make a justified ruling. Is prejudice towards mothers who are abused.


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3233. witness

Please remove. This Judge allows fathers to get away with abusing their children. She places the child back in the care of abusive parents. Not sure how she sleeps at night knowing she placed a child in danger. This Judge does not listen to the facts, or read information from other professionals who give statements. What I witnessed is a disgrace to Monterey Court and to the Law. A child should never be forced to be with the person who abused them. I think this Judge should spend a few days with an abusive parent so she can see first hand what she is doing to our children.


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3289. witness

I've heard this Judge rule many times in my Brothers case, each time never thinking of the children or the law. This Judge makes up the law as she goes, discarding important information and court appointed specialists.when is someone going to remove her and give Monterey the proper experienced family law Judge. A Judge who will uphold the boundaries of the law and protect our children from abusive neglectful parents, and not be prejudice towards certain people regardless of race.


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3334. party to case (with attorney)

Disgusted, this Judge does not follow the evidence infront of her face. She is rude, snd only interested in clearing her docket, not looking at the evidence to ensure ruling to protect the innocent. Doesn't care about endangering children by allowing an abusive parent to have visitation. My case is one of many. We need someone who knows family law and how to protect innocent child.


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3360. party to case (with attorney)

I have proof my 9 year old son was abused my his mother. Judge allowed unsupervised visits anyway. What is her problem. No justice.This judge is prejudice andis trying to force my wife to be a good mother. You can't force someone with a temper to stop.


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3375. courthouse employee

Please remove. Worst judge we have had in family court. Don't follow evidence, is prejudice again mother's who have been abused. She makes rude comments about mother's trying to protect their children. There will be no justice in Monterey country if she is allowed to rule over family court. Remove now.


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3442. party to case (with attorney)

I agree with these people. My wife has been on and off drugs for years. Judge allowed her to take our children with thinking twice. My wife only passed one drug test, not even a hair follicle test.when my kids came home they said their mom was high on drugs the entire time and passed out drunk with her boyfriend. What is it going to take before this Judge is reviewed and removed. I've shown proof that my wife is doing drugs again and the judge ignored my declaration. This is not a judge with enough experience to rule on family law. She only wants the cases closed and off her docket.


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3447. witness

Needs to be replaced with a non prejudice more educated person. This Judge picks and choose what she wants to read and what evidence she wants to ignore.


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3458. courthouse employee

I've personally witnessed this Judge making inappropriate statements about women trying to protect their child/children and themselves. This Judge doesn't take the proper time to read declarations, she looks for the easy way out, instead of making sure her ruling is justified and based on the evidence. Please remove!


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3479. courthouse employee

Mineta does not read declarations or important investigation reports. She makes bad rulings based on her mood that day.


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3498. other

Judge Mineta was pleasant enough, but she clearly had not opened -- let alone read -- any case files beforehand. This is worrisome in family law, where child and spousal support, and asset divisions, hinge on detailed disclosure packets. She repeatedly expressed pleasure at being able to clear her docket. These habits don't single her out: her performance is exactly what one would expect of a government worker who earns $180,000 a year, holds a constitutionally-protected job, and is only required to spend a few half-days week on client contact.


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3747. witness

Judge did not read my papers, she dismissed my evidence that my wife was on drugs and gave custody to her. My wife has had a life long addiction problem and has been in and out of mental hospital. I don't have any money for an attorney, don't speak English very well. That is no reason to dismiss my evidence.


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4295. witness

I've witnessed this Judge being arrogant and rude. There is no reason when dealing with important matters as family law to only be interested in removing the case from her desk. The ruling made will affect children's lives for years to come, not something to be dismissed, evidence ignored, or rushed to clear the court calendar.


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4336. attorney (public defender)

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4891. party to case (with attorney)

This Judge completely ignores the children's best interest, and has no remorse when placing a child back in an abusive environment. Judge is rude, unable to follow real evidence and makes decisions based on her own feelings.


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2788. other

Was In court with my sister, my sister left court room crying. Judge rude, doesn't follow evidence.


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2951. party to case (with attorney)

Judge does not know how to handle family law cases. Very prejudice towards mothers. Excepts wrongdoers to make excuses for their actions. Placed my child back into an abusive environment. Please help, this Judge does not follow the evidence.


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3359. other

It's sad to see a judge abuse her power and force an innocent child to visit a parent who has abused them. There are laws to protect our children, it seems this Judge has forgotten them all. She is only interested in closing a case no matter the cost. She ignores professional advice. There will be no justice until she is removed. My daughter and son should not have to have visitation with an abusive father. My investigation report is not completed and she is forcing my daughter to visit a man who abused her, why would she make an order before a complete report is done to ensure my daughter's safety.


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3393. witness

Judge would not allow me to be an interpreter to my sister.there was no other interpreter and my sister could not understand some of questions. The Judge was very prejudice and got upset when my sister could not answer a question. This is not justice. This Judge is very prejudice and must hate mother's who leave men who hit them


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3422. witness

I watched as this Judge disrespected my daughter in court, treated her like she was trash. The only thing my daughter is guilty of is leaving an man who beat her and my grandchildren. Judge wasn't interested in the truth, wasn't interested in protecting the innocent. Gave the father visitation without supervision. How could anyone knowingly allow a child to be with an man they know will beat them. There is no justice in Monterey while Mineta is a judge. Please remove before a child dies.


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3522. party to case (with attorney)

Worst attitude for a family law Judge. Prejudice towards good parents trying to protect their children. This Judge has no experience with family law. You can't place a child in the care of an abusive neglectful person and hope for the best, a child is precious and deserves better protection. How can this Judge sit on the bench day after day and make bad rulings because of her lack of experience and prejudice, when is someone going to take notice to how many unjustified and unlawful rulings Judge Mineta has made and finally put a stop to it. Please review and remove from family law court, to help protect our children and families.


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4093. party to case (pro se)

Judge dismissed my case without hearing facts. Treated me badly and didn't give me time to talk to interpreter to understand what she said. Only wanted my case off her desk.


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4296. witness

I've witnessed this Judge being arrogant and rude. There is no reason when dealing with important matters as family law to only be interested in removing the case from her desk. The ruling made will affect children's lives for years to come, not something to be dismissed, evidence ignored, or rushed to clear the court calendar.


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6741. witness

Coward.


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7988. attorney (private practice)

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