Hon. Somnath Raj Chatterjee See Rating Details
Superior Court
Alameda County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.1 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* 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=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)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* 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. Somnath Raj Chatterjee


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA53322
hates tenants and in pro per litigants.


Comment #: CA44629
` very incompetent and rude, not knowledgeable about law - seems biased and has superiority complex

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA40254
Rating:Not Rated
I found him to be fair with a sense of humor.


Comment #: CA36759
He is absolutely horrible, with zero manners. He takes frustration of his own divorce out in the courtroom against women.

He is the department head and this is so horrible for women.

If you have a lawyer that this judge doesn’t respect forget about even having a chance. This judge is the biggest A-hole, rude and shouts in this courtroom.


Comment #: CA31979
After listing the rape, sexual abuse,psychological abuse, and theft that my ex boyfriend put me through, this judge utterly ignored me because i had no lawyer. He told me if i kept talking about these things to try and defend myself, he'd make sure I lost my children entirely! HE ACTUALLY SAID THIS IN COURT ON RECORD. despicable. Gave my ex boyfriend "third parentage" 50/50 rights to my son from a previous marriage (because we lived with my ex for a few years, unable to afford to move out because he STOLE money from me) despite listing the abuses, despite both myself AND my sons bio dad (who actively pays child support but has mental health issues) being present in court to say "no! do not give this man rights to our child! he is not how he claims to be!"

it didn't matter. my ex boyfriend had a lawyer and played the victim and got what he wanted. I'm also gag ordered from "talking badly" about my ex in any public forum that isn't anonymous.. so effectively, i am not even allowed to speak openly about being raped and abused by a man who now shares custody of my son who has zero relation to him (and actively told court mediators he wanted nothing to do with him..)

beware this judge. he doesn't believe women and wont listen to you if you dont have a lawyer

Court Staff

Comment #: CA28077
The judge does not listen to anyone without an attorney. He is biased and does not follow the law or the rules of law. He uses his position to punish people.


Comment #: CA19346
Rating:Not Rated
Awful, arrogant, biased, chauvinistic jerk. Made numerous incompetent custody orders. Doesn't respect women.