Hon. William Q. Hayes See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:6.6 - 9 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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%)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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What others have said about Hon. William Q. Hayes


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Other

Comment #: 21334
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Hayes was totally biased in my case, where I sued for theft of my property. Enough evidence was presented to file a claim according to the law, so we requested a trial by jury. The act of filing a claim dragged on for 17 months. He ruled that the defendant had access to my property in his decision, and still dismissed my claim with prejudice. He made false statements about my life in his decision, saying that I grew up in foster homes, which I did not. He did not want our case in his courtroom.

Other

Comment #: 9881
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He sentenced my father for 8 years, I aknowledge the fact that he did something bad but my father is a very smart man and he could be able to change his ways of life, I just believe he could have given him a better sentence. That day I was present in court it was very hard to watch while the judge william Hayes sentenced him.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 9363
Rating:7.3
Comments:
I have mostly mostly good (and a some bad) things to say about him. On the plus side: He works hard, is intelligent, and is evenhanded. Although he's a former prosecutor, I haven't been able to discern any favoritism toward the government. The negative is his demeanor: he appears humorless and is sometimes impatient and rude to counsel. And he is somewhat inflexible when it comes to case scheduling and giving time to the parties to resolve the case before trial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6624
Rating:8.2
Comments:
Judge Hayes was very even-handed, even while litigating against a government entity. Gave both sides full consideration and was on the level. Allowed both sides to fully air their evidence with no bias.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5674
Rating:5.7
Comments:
The "Q" stands for "quality." Because that's the kind of judge he is.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5295
Rating:1.5
Comments:
This judge sentenced my client to over four years in custody for a federal trespass. He is very rude, has an overly high opinion of himself and is not judicial in his demeanor. In no way is it a pleasure to appear in his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5213
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Hayes seems to generally decide civil motions on the papers without hearing arguments. Although I disagreed with his ruling on the motion, it was clear that he had thought about the issue and just disagreed with me. The one time I appeared before him, he appeared to have a good grasp of the case and the law and asked cogent questions.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 1896
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Excellent courtroom demeanor. Very gentlemanly and patient, even with the most obstructionist litigants -- but not a marshmallow either, when it comes to obstructionists. Careful and impartial.