Hon. Carey Hyatt See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Maricopa County
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Phoenix

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* 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=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


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* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Carey Hyatt


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ678
Rating:1.6
Comments:
I have never witnessed a judge act with as much confusion as judge Hyatt. She forgets which side is there for what reason, she had to leave the courtroom last hearing to make copies of a letter that no one received a copy of, then gave us just a couple minutes to digest a complete assessment from a psychology intern. This intern made blatant false statements, his letter was co-signed by his mentor, who we have never even met! If this matter were not so serious to me and to our family, I would think it was some sick joke played, with a camera crew coming out any second! Judge Hyatt is angry most all of the time, and is belittling to both sides with comments such as "I do not feel you are credible" What? I just swore under oath, does that count for nothing? Overall, I cannot imagine that other families are not as frustrated and sickened by the uneducated attitude of this judge. I am not a psychiatrist,but am in the medical field, and I would place a cash bet that this woman is bi-polar--all of the signs present. There needs to be some kind of formal investigation.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ677
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have had the opportunity to be in front of a few different judges. I did not always get the outcome that I wanted, but I always knew that what transpired was justice, even if I didn't like it. With Judge Snyder-Hyatt, I have witnessed her change her mind mid-sentence! I am not an attorney, but I am a well educated woman and do a lot of research before I walk into the courtroom. I've witnessed judge Hyatt become seemingly confused, always changing her mood depending on which side was speaking. I may take something to court to get the "right" answer. In judge Hyatt's court, the answer is the one she feels compelled to decide at the moment. Multiple times I have attempted to Appeal an order only to learn from the Appeals Court that she never signed the original order!! Then I was "punished" for not complying, when I had no chance to appeal, which is my right. I do not know how this woman sits where she does and is allowed to wreak havoc on so many family's lives as she does. If our case is any example of how she conducts anything, I am here to say that this judge had to have "slipped in" unnoticed. I cannot fathom who would appoint her knowing her unpredictable behavior, her outrage and humiliating comments. As a society we take things to court to have them settled amicably. In judge Hyatt's court, nothing is amicable. A therapist that this judge assigned our family to wrote a letter to the court with blatant lies! Judge Hyatt made her decision off of the comments of a psychology student who had never once been lead by his "mentor", as is the protocol. I began to ask a question re: this, and this judge hung up the phone on me! Unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable. I am researching who is responsible for appointing this judge and what the criteria are for appointment. Judge Hyatt's actions give a sour "taste" to anyone who has to be in front of her for anything. I never intend to judge anyone's mental behavior, but her's is out of line with any other person, especially a judge: always erratic, always emotional, and always belittling---sometimes to me, sometimes to the opposing side--but that does not give me pleasure--I only want justice, not rock throwing.

Other

Comment #: AZ676
Rating:3.0
Comments:
If you have been to court and asked a question you have probably heard "I can not give you any legal advice you will have to consult your attorney". You would hear this from the counter clerks, the help desk, and any judge every single time you ask a question. Hon. Carey Hyatt makes up her own rules. IN FACT she finds it appropriate to point out a parents RIGHTS... Let me rephrase that.. She ORDERS, on paper, that a parent will have the right to file for child support if they do not act within an already unreasonable amount of time as a manipulative tactic to financialy encourage the other party through fear of the other parent coming for child support rather than acting as a parent and doing it for your child. Thank you for informing, oh sorry, ORDERING that a parent has the RIGHT to file a petition. Do not know what we would have done without Hyatt giving us permission to do so. If the father was in the same shoes that mother was right now he would be hung out to dry and paying a mortgage if not serving jail time. Instead he is paying for his EX WIFE of 10 YEARS THERAPY after having a court appointed advisor, CPS, a child's couselor and MOUNDS of evidence that mother had endagered childs life and completely abandoned him for 6 months at the time and now on a 14 MONTH HIATUS and avoiding the Theraputic Interventionist that was ordered in OCTOBER of 2013!!!! Not very fair and based on the last orders, very unproffesional. The system, for fathers at least, is nothing but a hypocracy and it is DISGUSTING what the child and the father in this situation need to endure while mother is cradled by "Your Honor".

Other

Comment #: AZ675
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
In my many observations of Judge Hyatt it is ever present that there are serious issues that should be addressed with her conduct and candor not only as the presiding family court judge but as a representative of our judicial system and our state. It has been observed Judge Hyatt demean and humiliate both sides of family litigation which is completely unnecessary when dealing with such a sensitive subject as divorce and custody. Judge Hyatt has allowed several onlookers/excessive family members crowd the court room during trial which turned a respectful court room in to a three ring circus. Judge Hyatt has been observed stopping a trial while a witness is on the stand and hearing another case over the phone while everyone in the court room could hear the details of the case on the conference call ( which in fact had detailed information regarding alleged sexual abuse). It has been observed her ruling on a case and a month later she was unaware of the ruling. It is concerning to see the inconsistancy in her court room climate as well as her personal conduct as the presiding judge.

Other

Comment #: AZ674
Rating:2.0
Comments:
In my many observations of Judge Hyatt it is ever present that there are serious issues that should be addressed with her conduct and candor not only as the presiding family court judge but as a representative of our judicial system and our state. It has been observed Judge Hyatt demean and humiliate both sides of family litigation which is completely unnecessary when dealing with such a sensitive subject as divorce and custody. Judge Hyatt has allowed several onlookers/excessive family members crowd the court room during trial which turned a respectful court room in to a three ring circus. Judge Hyatt has been observed stopping a trial while a witness is on the stand and hearing another case over the phone while everyone in the court room could hear the details of the case on the conference call ( which in fact had detailed information regarding alleged sexual abuse). It has been observed her ruling on a case and a month later she was unaware of the ruling. It is concerning to see the inconsistancy in her court room climate as well as her personal conduct as the presiding judge.

Other

Comment #: AZ673
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I only want the outcome of my case to be FAIR and JUST. It has been neither. How this woman ever got into a judge's robe and "plays" judge is beyond me. One day she seems organized and engaged, other times, she is distracted, reading her computer, fidgeting through papers. I have no clue how this "clueless" judge has been elected and hope the same mistake does not happen on 're-election'.I am a realist, and expect not perfectionism, but at least professionalism. I do not see an attempt at either of these things, and vulnerable families hang in the balance. This is important, is there a way to begin a process to have this woman's charades stopped? This is not an angry person wanting a "decision" changed, but a worried adult who is seeing the effects on the children. Someone needs to help protect the public from her, please.

Other

Comment #: AZ663
Rating:1.0
Comments:
no obvious indication that this "judge" has even been to law school. Many discrepancies in our case, orders not signed, then when questioned this party was given a "punishment" for lack of better term. I tried to appeal a ruling, Appeals Court stated no true ruling w/out a valid signature, could not appeal YET. I brought this up at our "check-in" update hearing over the phone, and was "punished" for not following the original order. I do not wish to manipulate ANYTHING to change a court decision. I simply want to have it done legally. When questions are raised, this judge is so blatantly disrespectful to one side and not the other. I can handle a court decision, what is wrong here is that this judge does not act normal. She changes her mind often, forgets what happened last hearing (doing her homework? NO)Complete impartiality-other side did not follow her orders for 5 months-NO consequences. My side tried to legally appeal an order, cannot because this judge did not complete the order correctly, then my side is punished for not following order? The law is the law, I am an educated woman also. However, when you are dealing with someone who appears to have serious deficiencies r/t overall court proceedings, something should be done to have her removed from the bench. Now if this person sees my name on a complaint I am certain that I will suffer her wrath--but it is important to me for not only my case, but anyone who is before her. PLEASE do whatever legally can be done to investigate this issue, I plead of whoever is in a position of authority over this issue.

Other

Comment #: AZ619
Rating:1.0
Comments:
As a Family Drug Court Judge, she is very biased and rude to the non testing parent.Promoted the mother to Phase II but refuses to give the non testing parent proof of mother being clean.As in Tasc reports and monthly summaries.You cannot request audio / visual tapes as they do not do that in Family Drug Court nor do they have a court reporter.She & the family drug court coordinator, Judge Gerald Porter recently gave the mother unsupervised visits ! I am a 67 yr old concerned grandmother.

Other

Comment #: AZ607
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She does not belong on the bench. She is the judge in family drug court, and shows no respect for a non-testing party.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ593
Rating:2.0
Comments:
I am shocked that this woman works as a judge -- does she know anything about the law? I'm not an attorney, but I'm an educated person and I am disgusted with the fact that I spent so many hours preparing and it was obvious that she did not read anything that I submitted. Is there any type of recourse for decisions made by her that are ruining the integrity of our family? Any input would be welcome, as I am a wreck. I have an appointment with my own doctor, and I have had a continuous migraine and anxiety attacks since that day in court. It is so sad to prepare for, and then wait anxiously for, a hearing, only to have her make rash decisions that are altering the future of my family.

Court Staff

Comment #: AZ590
Rating:1.0
Comments:
After having been in front of this judge several times, I must rate her performance as being very poor. This is evident by the fact that this "trusted official" changes her opinion depending upon who is in the courtroom, and ignores evidence that is not presented properly, nor shared with all parties. We have to have a referee sometimes, and a judge should hold up the law, be non-biased, and consistent. I have not seen any of these traits in this judge.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ438
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Totally fair to both sides. Totally informed. I was nervous when I read the comments here but they are so off the mark it's shameful...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ384
Rating:5.9
Comments:
The technology and scnciee behind hydrogen production and hydrogen fuel cells is already public knowledge. Hydrogen is made through electrolysis by removing it from water which is 2 parts hydrogen to one part oxygen. So even the process cleans the air. Learned that in 9th grade scnciee in 1983. Duh! Its not rocket scnciee. The problem is Big Oil quashing the little man and Detroit not wanting to develop and sell a product that will decrease long term profits. Build a car that lasts forever? Not

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ383
Rating:5.9
Comments:
The technology and scnciee behind hydrogen production and hydrogen fuel cells is already public knowledge. Hydrogen is made through electrolysis by removing it from water which is 2 parts hydrogen to one part oxygen. So even the process cleans the air. Learned that in 9th grade scnciee in 1983. Duh! Its not rocket scnciee. The problem is Big Oil quashing the little man and Detroit not wanting to develop and sell a product that will decrease long term profits. Build a car that lasts forever? Not

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ136
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Not certain that Ms Hyatt really went to law school or truly understands the law. When presented with the simplest facts and laws she has repeatedly either not evaluated on the law rather taken issues into her "scary" hands and made up her own law. She is not fit to judge. Believe that after reading the below something needs to be done about this judge.

Other

Comment #: AZ134
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Carey Hyatt she be immediately stripped of any power she possesses as she demonstrates daily, the innate inability to use reason, logic or critical thinking processes needed to make decisions. She is most definitely incompetent in every way, shape and form. The worst part is that when she is repeatedly reprimanded, she retaliates on the person filing in a very unjust manner. I can't say enough about how poor this sorry excuse for a judge is and if you don't believe me that power corrupts, just spend 30 minutes in her court room and I guarantee that you r jaw will hit the floor with the things that she does daily. By far the most unprofessional, unjust and uncontrollable loose cannon we have ever given power to.

Other

Comment #: AZ114
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She only listened to one side of the story. She was insulting and unprofessional. She did not even take into consideration anything consiliation services had to say. She needs to be thrown out!

Litigant

Comment #: AZ113
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Hyatt is incompetent and has a major temper problem. she is out of control!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ112
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This Judge has some mental issues! You would think someone screen those judges before appointing them.

Other

Comment #: AZ111
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Highly inteligent,focused,balanced,objective,
open and in charge with the development of the
case within decent level of equally protective of both sides.
Remarcable example of professionalism and
personal conduct.

Other

Comment #: AZ106
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Carey Hyatt absolutely does not deserve to be reelected! Any relation between her court rulings and Arizona Law is coincidental. She is very bias, demonstrates unacceptable behavior towards people in her courtroom, include yelling and insulting them. She is easily irritated, impatient, and displays an alarming amount of anger. The Arizona Commission of Judicial Conduct has already reprimanded her so clearly she is refusing to change. She is unable to conduct herself with the professionalism and dignity her position, as a court judge, requires.

Other

Comment #: AZ101
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Carey Hyatt is very vindictive who has no regard to the Law! Has some temper problem! I am also reporting her to the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct and hope that this time she will get more then reprimand as she got recently. I hope that for the benefit of all parents the Commission will remove her permanently.

Other

Comment #: AZ96
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I found her to be very knowledgable regarding my case, as I represent myself. She has been very fair especially being a single mother with children, she has made very competent decisions regarding our case. I am very happy she is in charge of our case.

Other

Comment #: AZ90
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I see the other people who write their comments all have similar things to say about how Judge Hyatt is incompetent and vindictive, with her decisions resulting in harm to the lives of children and families. I could never have imagined beforehand that I would have no chance of a fair trial in Judge Hyatt's courtroom, as she generated minute entries and judgment from the authority of her own delusional version of laws and procedures that had nothing in common with actual rules and statutes. I am appealing, and for the sake of other children and good parents who naively trust the system will protect them, I am also reporting her egregious conduct to the commission. I hope they will take action beyond asking her to apologize, like they did this past March, when she was found guilty of losing her temper, and threatening while yelling at a parent in her court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ83
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Multiple concerns in a family case with the fact that the judge did not take the time to read any of the paper work prior to trial. This was suppose to be a continous on going investigation only to have the mother of the boyfriend who molested a child speak her case. The judge obviously was bias and felt sorry for this parent whom has not shown any concern for her eldest child who was molested by her boyfriend. This is just another reason why CPS gets such a bad rap in Arizona. They do their job only to have a judge say they did a "BAD" job protecting children.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ75
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge has no regards to how she influences lives with a stroke of her pen. She takes sides and either gives you everything or is vengeful and gives you nothing. She does not pay attention to the law nor reasonable discussion. She punishes you if you dare challenge to try to explain a position she does not agree with. It is a true shame that someone like her is in control of family cases that affect children.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ74
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This Judge is out of control. Has no respect for the law on top of it she is always angry. Often yelling at peoples, accused them for lying with no evidence to support it. Nonprofessional, and should go to temper management before allowed to judge other people. Going through her Court is like gambling. Either you will get everything you ask for, or loose everything and she will make sure you loose

Other

Comment #: AZ43
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge obviously lacks knowledge in her department, which in this case is family law. She is unable to distiguish the parties involved. She mixes up names and/or forgets them. She is unable to control her temper and has little regard for professionalism.

Other

Comment #: AZ18
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Her judicial conduct and lack of etiquette and not even reviewing and acknowledging the facts brought before her in the pleadings is disgraceful. While on the family law bench she was in over her head and not willing to learn or grow in her position. She needs some internal guidance from the other judges, she is out of control.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ4
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Based on more than one case: Limited knowledge of the law but her ego won't let her acknowledge it. As a result she refuses to even read pleadings which contradict her position and structures her subsequent rulings to punish the side challenging them. This judge is over her head in commercial litigation and is extremely vindictive.