Hon. Jeff Almquist

Judge Almquist's Average Overall Review:

1 Stars

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3351. party to case (with attorney)

Judge Almquist breaks the continually and steps well beyond his boundaries. He is definitely mysogynistic and abusive and he doesn't keep his word. When he was a supervisor, gunning for a position as a judge ten years ago, my wealthy friend told me how cheap Jeff was to "buy". He said he thought he'd have to pay a whole lot more to get him in his corner but Almquist gave in and voted as asked for a small contribution to his campaigns every year and parties at the mansion in the Los Gatos hills in his honor. I was told the man is a whore and this consistent with everything I have witnessed both as an observer of other cases and in my own situation. He is persuaded by persons with money and is easily swayed to take the side of the wealthy party. You can certainly buy your way through a suit if you can afford to get a nasty attorney in front of Almquist. The top firm in the SC Valley papers him each time they have a case. No one wants to go before this fickle (borderline?, narcissitic?) monster. The man has a personality disorder and it carries into his court room. He has no command of the law and anyone that tries to remind him that he has stepped outside the law is reprimanded and severely punished. I could go on with example after example of him breaking the law and taking the law into his own hands but steam will start coming out of my head. This man needs to be removed from the bench. There are few decent judges in SC County, particularly in the family court now, but this man is an abomination. Paper him if you can or petition the court each time the judge makes a mistake. Get his corrupt butt out of SC County and send the man packing.


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4187. attorney (private practice)

Truly unbelievable. This judge is a disgrace to the legal system and the very reason so many children are put at risk in Santa Cruz County. I was in court (not even my case) when he allowed a registered sex offender to be a supervisor of another mans child simply because he had pissed off a court counselor. I hope the JOC considers defrocking this coward!


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3595. witness

This man has no business on the bench. He slept yes like in snoring during a trial that i was a witness for. He was hostile towards me and the people that were on trial from the beginning. He was not the original Judge for the case and was a last minute switch. He clearly dose not understand numbers or profit and loss or maybe he dose and just had decided the case ahead of time. He was super kind to the other side calling them by their first names soft spoken with little winks and nods.why just plain nasty rude and short with our side. We knew we were in trouble when he said " I find it strange your business did more in sales last month than all the months before this year" Anyone that lives in Santa Curz, knows that the month of July is the busiest of the year 4th of July weekend makes or breaks you in our business. He spoke like he had a true understanding of our business because he knew someone that was a cocktail waitress. He got his profit margin from an IRS web site that clearly states FOR TRAINING USE ONLY THESE NUMBERS ARE NOT REAL AND SHOULD NEVER BE USED. Needless to say the numbers he used were so out of line that he thought someone was stealing from the business.He ordered an audit and when it came back normal i asked him if he would like to have a look at it and maybe say he was sorry for saying he thought we were stealing HE REFUSED. It got to a point that we were so scared that he would simply give the other party all the proceeded from the business that we filed a complaint and asked for another Judge the other party said he and only he could see the case. We had an Observer from JOC sit in on the proceeding when she made it known she was watching him very close he was a total differant person. This man was a lousy failed lawyer that leaches off the tax payer as a Judge and should be removed ASAP.


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4356. other

I know folks who claim they have a friend in the corrupt court with Almquist; he is easy to bribe. He is vindictive and vengeful and he will destroy anyone who stands up to him or his posse. The courts have done nothing to reprimand Almquist; he gets away with keeping the kickbacks going. Its definitely a mafia mentality with this judge; make sure you ask around and put the right people in your pocket or you will lose your business and livelihood. As an expert witness in accounting, I have seen him determine the outcome before the other party could speak. He is a bully who's power hungry and arrogant, but easily flattered. if you kiss up to him, bully and malign your opponent and hire his friends to represent you, he'll run your opponents into the ground and award the case in your favor. He gets cases appealed all the time. Don't complicate the case with facts. He won't be able to discern details in a case and assess anything fairly. My District Supervisor says he determines a verdict on the label of a suit, the watch, and the brand of shoes you wear in court. Look like you can contribute to a campaign and that you support his causes because that is all he cares about. He makes his money off the books, through his other "investments". He is in office because he was appointed, (not elected) by a governor recalled for corruption, who made several other suspiciously shady appointments and pardoned dangerous criminals on his way out of office. He has never won an election; no one opposed him in 2012 because its impossible to unseat the crooked judges backed by monied interests (gangs, growers/labs, "exporters", developers, consultants, attorneys, law enforcement, supervisors, legal industry) who stand to profit from his rulings (e.g. desal plant investment, high margin health services, etc). Almquist is a cash cow for the leeches that feed off the corrupt courts in the County. Ask the Grand Jury to investigate him. Meanwhile, play his game or die a painful death.


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479. courthouse employee

Judge John Jeffery Almquist, can be abusive as in way out of line with people he dose not like. He leaves little doubt among other Judges that his time in law school was a total waste of time.His understanding of the law is little to none.he likes to keep hears and trials behind closed doors and with out any record this way he can Abuse the people before him and not have to answer to the upper court.


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4190. attorney (private practice)

One of the WORST Judges in California. This man is arrogant and a woman hater. I have been in front of over 100 judges and he is by far the most power hungry, non-law following persons to wear the robe. IF you get a case assigned to him, challenge him before it is too late.


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4926. party to case (with attorney)

After web surfing, I found many more disturbing entries from many other sources. This judge is not being singled out but came to my attention when I filed my child visitation case I have yet to step in front of this Judge and have yet to find an attorney for hire that did not exhale audibly in a long deep breath before commenting on going before this Judge. Forget about my family law case, what about the thousands of other People who have to suffer under the actions of this Judge and others like him. "How am I , in good faith, to respect my local judicial system of appellate courts and judges ,when that same system appears to function without good will,faith and intention towards the people who have embraced the courts and judges as their sanctuary and advocate for educated,logical, impartial,objective, and honest approach to ruling ? " Glenn Hoover, Heart broken by Family Law, Californian, born and raised.


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4437. party to case (with attorney)

Judge Jeff Almquist is a example of all that is wrong with the courts. His behavior is vile and disgusting; even in Santa Cruz County, known for corruption, kickbacks and craziness. Almquist is dangerously disturbed, unreasonable and inept; he defies the US Constitution, violates Civil Rights of citizens, ignores the Rules of the Court and local, state and federal laws. This judge should be investigated for RICO act violations. Almquist has no command of the law and no regard for the justice system. He runs the courtroom like a playground, bullying the party with lesser status and rewarding the sociopath liars, thieves, pedophiles, rapists and violent and sometimes deadly abusers, who manipulate the court. He is either easily manipulated or he’s jaded and corrupt. There is nothing that remotely resembled a fair trial. Not one shred of evidence was examined in my case. The judge shut down any effort to present the facts and ruled in favor of the party that manufactured lies created drama and ran a smear campaign. Almquist can't trust himself not to shoot off his mouth in the courtroom, so he creates a burdensome, cost-prohibitive barrier to documenting his abuses, requiring formal requests that are delayed, lost and denied. He refuses to allow recording in court to prevent his abuses coming to light and being used in a complaint or appeal. The economically disadvantaged party is disenfranchised, unable to obtain fairness, justice or seek redress. Almquist rules by intimidation. Local attorneys tow the line with Almquist and refuse to confront his abuses, letting their clients suffer. He uses rogue bailiffs as thugs. I was verbally accosted, threatened, and physically charged at by Almquist's bailiff, who also previously stole my property. These incidents were orchestrated to incite an altercation and jail me. (The deputy told me he’d report me to the judge when he realized he was recorded.) Another time, a deputy followed me into a bathroom stall when no one else was present in the restroom as the court was closing. I had to push my way out and flee, knowing in a matter of seconds I would be raped, beaten, falsely accused of a crime and jailed. Almquist was well aware of this if not the person directing the set-up.


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3850. party to case (pro se)

This is not a man of integrity. He is an arrogant, haughty, self-important individual who has no legal expertise or talent. He uses the courtroom to inflict his own brand of personal revenge on others he doesn't like , overreaches his judicial powers and is inept at understanding the law. He doesn't rule on evidence. Paper him, complain and demand a grand jury investigation of the corruption that is allowed to run rampant in the family courts. We must expect better than what we have with two judges in family court that make a mockery of the law.


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4357. other

I know folks who claim they have a friend in the corrupt court with Almquist; he is easy to bribe. He is vindictive and vengeful and he will destroy anyone who stands up to him or his posse. The courts have done nothing to reprimand Almquist; he gets away with keeping the kickbacks going. Its definitely a mafia mentality with this judge; make sure you ask around and put the right people in your pocket or you will lose your business and livelihood. As an expert witness in accounting, I have seen him determine the outcome before the other party could speak. He is a bully who's power hungry and arrogant, but easily flattered. if you kiss up to him, bully and malign your opponent and hire his friends to represent you, he'll run your opponents into the ground and award the case in your favor. He gets cases appealed all the time. Don't complicate the case with facts. He won't be able to discern details in a case and assess anything fairly. My District Supervisor says he determines a verdict on the label of a suit, the watch, and the brand of shoes you wear in court. Look like you can contribute to a campaign and that you support his causes because that is all he cares about. He makes his money off the books, through his other "investments". He is in office because he was appointed, (not elected) by a governor recalled for corruption, who made several other suspiciously shady appointments and pardoned dangerous criminals on his way out of office. He has never won an election; no one opposed him in 2012 because its impossible to unseat the crooked judges backed by monied interests (gangs, growers/labs, "exporters", developers, consultants, attorneys, law enforcement, supervisors, legal industry) who stand to profit from his rulings (e.g. desal plant investment, high margin health services, etc). Almquist is a cash cow for the leeches that feed off the corrupt courts in the County. Ask the Grand Jury to investigate him. Meanwhile, play his game or die a painful death.


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3679. other

I own an auto repair shop-I was sued in small claims court by a young man who's vehicle I installed an alternator on the day of Dec 2 2014--I always ask my customers of they would like to have the car serviced(oil and filter) he stated that he had just had it done 5000 miles ago-three weeks later he chose to drive down to So Cal without checking his vehicle over. He ran out of oil and burned up his engine. He somehow felt this was my fault. I did not agree so he sued me. Judge Jeff Almquist sided with him and granted him 2000.00 I was not even able to say a word in my defense, I have never in my life been treated so unfairly. The Judge was not at all unbiased, I cannot tell if it was just myself or my industry but this man would not be reasonable.


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4877. party to case (pro se)

"Exercise your Rights - Vote for Justice." "We, as intelligent, dedicated, citizens and voters are exercising our Constitutional right to "petition" our government officials to eradicate judicial corruption. In pursuit of this goal we will work to vote out of office any elected official who continues to persist in supporting judicial corruption."


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5239. witness

Beyond disturbing.... clearly an abuser... sides with abusive, child harming, outrageous people and removes loving, healthy parents from childrens lives if that parent DARES to stand up in truth and concern for child's well being in WELL documented abuse. Claims to be fair and listen to evidence to make his rulings.... BS!!!!! 30 eye witnesses came to court, multiple times, allowed one to speak, dismissed all they said, and placed traumatized, abused child back with abuser against pleadings of 30+ eye witnesses and therapist and CPS reports of found abuse... judge continues to have illegal and totally biased exparte email communications with abusers praising them for their "good work with child", taunting and disrespecting educated, loving parent who has ZERO concern complaints against. I don't know what kind of sick twisted sociopathic game this judge is playing but there are 1000's of innocent parents and children who are severely suffering and in fear because of his gross incompetence, heart of stone and classic ABUSER attitude. No one can stand abusers other than abusers.... what judge does is side with blatantly obvious and CPS verified abusers and give children to them.... punishing children and loving parents to a life of torture.... because of what??????? Everyone who have been unjustly violated and their children/ lives ruined by this judge.... please, please, please, come forward!!!! I'm searching for others who are as concerned as we all are on what is allowed to happen....; bullies and abusers get a way with it as long as no one has the courage to stand up and do something.... lets get this guy the justice HE deserves for what he's done to 1000's of families unjustly. What a disgrace!!!!


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6984. witness

"Judge" Almquist should not be in a position to render judgment on anything or anyone. The man is not fair. He picks and chooses questions to ask one party, but does not let the other party answer or refute said questions. I was to be a witness in a case. The person I was a witness for has trouble with English and is hard of hearing. When Evil OverLord Almquist sided with the wrong person I tried to let him know that the defendant probably didn't understand. He sneered and said "you're probably why mediation in this case didn't work out". That was out of line. I wasn't even in mediation. Besides that, a judge should be completely unbiased. The entire demeanor between him and his bailiff concerning the court was a joke. I'm embarrassed to live in a place where people can walk all over another and think it's perfectly OK. We (American citizens) should never tolerate Kangatoo court shenanigans! Our laws and the Constution should prevent such things from happening. Many things have been said about Almquist that I don't have first hand experience to claim as true or false. I do know that his actions today coalesced in a barrage of injustice that coincided with what others have said. Today I witnessed a travesty of injustice.


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6379. party to case (pro se)

Judge almquist is my hero. I stole all the invested money my ex wife had before my marriage , and he shut her down. Ha ha. I live off women, and he's all for it. I'm so glad he knows my mother through years of banking, and me through coaching, even though I never could get good enough grades to play sports in my last year's of high school in the sly. I would have played professionally too! We have a lot in common. We both lie through our teeth, we are both arrogant, and we live off dirty money. I grow pot illegally, and he covers my mass. Although we both should share a cell together, he has power and will always back me. I made out like a bandit keeping my million dollar property I used my ex's money to get into. After all, I'm a one man band landscaper. All I had to do is have my mother get down on her knees in front of conquest and Walla!


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6568. other

I attended a small claims hearing in Watsonville today to provide support to one of the parties involved. Almquist took forever to review whatever he was looking at in his computer, presumably this case. This nitwit then called the defendant first, which caused some confusion and after the defendant gave testimony, the plaintiff asked why he called the defendant first. Almquist said, "oh that's right, but it doesn't matter." Almquist then encouraged both parties to talk to one another instead of directing all their responses/questions to the judge. Almquist was enjoying the animosity between the two parties and encouraging tension, bad feelings, and an escalation of emotions. After this went on for a while, I asked why the parties are being allowed to talk to one another and this dipwad of a judge sent me out of the department because he's "trying to conduct a hearing." I later found out that he continued to allow the parties to talk to one another, tension increased and he refused to allow the defendant to submit his evidence or rebut any of what the plaintiff had to say then awarded the max, 10k, to the plaintiff who has a highly suspicious injury claim. This man does not deserve to wear the robe as he disrespects the position he's been appointed. I've never seen a judge actually encourage parties who are there over a dispute to begin with to then be encouraged to discuss the case directly to one another. I suppose he doesn't get enough excitement or entertainment in his life, so he uses his position to bully people and refuses to follow protocol especially when he's questioned about how he's running the courtroom. He really needs to go! His behavior was disgusting and he's being allowed to continue on, which is shameful. He's sorely lacking a higher standard of judicial ethics.


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7306. party to case (pro se)

Judge Almquist is biased, lazy, uneducated and immoral. If you have the very unfortunate experience of appearing before him, get ready to feel treated like less than a human being. The worst part is knowing that this uneducated and immoral person is in charge of the well being of some of this community's most vulnerable children. His behavior suggests that he is trying to hurt people, rather than upholding his ethical duty to act in the best interest of children. Acting in the best interest of children means that you help their parents, not punish them. This judge is a travesty, a sickness, an outrage and a sham. It is the children who pay the highest price for judge Almquist's injustices. It is time that we as a community hold him accountable for his crimes.


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5240. witness

Beyond disturbing.... clearly an abuser... sides with abusive, child harming, outrageous people and removes loving, healthy parents from childrens lives if that parent DARES to stand up in truth and concern for child's well being in WELL documented abuse. Claims to be fair and listen to evidence to make his rulings.... BS!!!!! 30 eye witnesses came to court, multiple times, allowed one to speak, dismissed all they said, and placed traumatized, abused child back with abuser against pleadings of 30+ eye witnesses and therapist and CPS reports of found abuse... judge continues to have illegal and totally biased exparte email communications with abusers praising them for their "good work with child", taunting and disrespecting educated, loving parent who has ZERO concern complaints against. I don't know what kind of sick twisted sociopathic game this judge is playing but there are 1000's of innocent parents and children who are severely suffering and in fear because of his gross incompetence, heart of stone and classic ABUSER attitude. No one can stand abusers other than abusers.... what judge does is side with blatantly obvious and CPS verified abusers and give children to them.... punishing children and loving parents to a life of torture.... because of what??????? Everyone who have been unjustly violated and their children/ lives ruined by this judge.... please, please, please, come forward!!!! I'm searching for others who are as concerned as we all are on what is allowed to happen....; bullies and abusers get a way with it as long as no one has the courage to stand up and do something.... lets get this guy the justice HE deserves for what he's done to 1000's of families unjustly. What a disgrace!!!!


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5318. other

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6328. party to case (with attorney)

This judge doesn't even deserve one star! He is arrogant, rude, unprofessional judge who should be removed from his seat as a representative of santa Cruz county judicial system. He entered the courtroom, without his robe to hear cases. I have a black and white case from a divorce eight years ago, that I have been diligently trying to collect from my thieving ex. Ex scribbled a response on paper and the judge took his word of outright lies, never questioned any of it and assumed I popped up eight years later wanting money. He basically laughed and joked about how I should be paying my ex half of a sale of measly 4 acres of prop. In Sonora. We bought a house in boulder creek, 400k cash down with money we had from two houses, mine and his before the marriage. We bought the land with a line of credit during a two year stint of my ex living off equity on a house I paid down pyment on. We paid one million for the house which ex refused to sell after divorce. I end up with the 4 acres in sonora which I sold for 70k. So 1 million vs. 70k and this jerk joked and said I should pay him half. He joked about a junk car ex dumped at my house, non running and went with his stated value of 15k. He left off numerous assets and all the judge said was no. UN professional jerk. I am sure he knows my ex from years of coaching and should have removed himself from this case. He should be jailed for his laziness of hearing the case. He might as well been wearing jeans and t shirt. No robe. Get rid of this a.....e!


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6378. party to case (with attorney)

He doesn't even deserve the one star of which I have to mark! Almquist should not be referred to as honorary! He disrespect his title, never wearing his robe during trial. He should have excused himself in my case as he knew my ex. And his family. He is a lazy judge who Is far from reasonable and fair. He is a man of hate. He needs to be fired from his position. Worst judge in the bench! He has stolen my investment by his one sided behavior. He makes jokes during his trial at people involved in the case. He asked where I've been for the last eight years, when I finally got the money to hire an attorney to collect money my ex husband never paid. Judgements in family law don't expire so he had no right judging against me. My ex husbands mother worked for county bank and coast commercial In scotts valley, who I know the judge knew. He should be the one behind bars! It would make my day to see karma catch up to this crooked jerk. He is arrogant and wrong for the position of which he holds employment. His salary I s 183,000.00 a year, not including payoffs he probably takes on his cases. He is a man of pure evil. Get him off the bench and put him in a prison camp in north Korea, doing hard labor! Then . See how far his arrogance takes him. He has not one positive rating. What does that tell you? He's best off to the people six feet under!


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7456. other

Judge Jeff Almquest is one of the BEST AND FAIREST judges in the State. Also WISE, Some people won't accept the reality of being in the justice system, being family or criminal. There are no winners, negotiate and u won't need the system. Groundless innuendo to a man that I personally witness working way beyond his obligation and schedule in all cases regardless of the wealth of defendant or litigants.


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7604. other

if I could rate him negative stars I would. Had a case today for child support modification and joint custody. Judge Almquist clearly sided with the habitual liar and would not let me sate any of the wrong doings my daughters mother was doing. He clearly chooses to side with person playing the victim card. He does not do what is best for the child involved. Beware of any body that has him as their judge in your case!!


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