Hon. Ernest M. Hiroshige See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.1 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Ernest M. Hiroshige


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Other

Comment #: CA6000
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very unfair judge. he talks about having a fair sense of judgment,from being a prosecutor with the district attorney office. judge Hiroshige claims "learning about the camps has always influenced my behavior as a deputy DA and as a judge,Hiroshigesaid,in so far as it has made him acutly aware of any potential marginalization or discrimination against someone or a group of people,according to hiroshige "I feel responsibleto be alwawys aware and vigilant that someone else`s rights are being trampled in the courts or in society so I`ve always had that in my mind as a duty to be fair as a judge, "He said."so Ifeel thats`s a nice part about our job as judges.we have opportunities not everyday, but once in a while you see a case for nsome people are being very unfairly treated and people aer getting away with it so they are in a court room, justice can be done. B.S.
the judge should rephrase to un justice can be done, that is all this Judge Has shown me a hourly wage employee that has been attacked by my former employer with a retalitory &frivolous lawsuite I think this judge sees justice like Mr.Magoo

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA5442
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Commenter CA5211 summed it up the best - Avoid him like the plague! By far the worst judge I ever appeared before in my practice. Always late, never takes the bench, takes weeks to rule (in my case over 45 days on a simple law and motion matter), and provides poor legal analysis. To top the dysfunction of this court, the courtroom contains the nastiest, most frustrated, bitter, and retarded courtroom attendant you will find in the state of California (guaranteed). If you want to look up the word bitch in the encyclopedia, her picture is under it. What more can you want from the justice system?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5211
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Barely tolerable as trial judge. Would give a zero rating on pre-trial matters if the rating system here allowed. Never takes the bench. Relies on tentative rulings which appear to be written by someone with a 6th grad education at best. Clerk runs the department and appears to be bipolar while Court room attendant is completely vile. Avoid an assignment to this department like the plague.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4574
Rating:3.3
Comments:
This judge is short-tempered. He will not deviate from a tentative ruling, even if the information that he has been given is incorrect. He tends to berate attorneys appearing before him during discussions of the law and motions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4476
Rating:9.9
Comments:
I spent six weeks trying a complex fraud matter before Judge Hiroshige and found him to be engaged in the matter, extremely thorough in rulings (which were well researched), and very respectful of attorneys, some of whom were clearly not reciprocating the respect. I appreciated his low-key manner of handling issues and matters, which I was able to observe in numerous status conferences and law and motion matters. One the best.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3934
Rating:7.3
Comments:
Seems like most comments here are from law and motion participants, and his courtroom varies from most in this regard. However, having had a long jury trial over which he presided, I can say that he is a good judge to try a case in front of, and lets you try your case. Very by-the-book in trial, but also thoughtful and evenhanded. I would give him a good solid 7 over most of the other judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3585
Rating:2.3
Comments:
You are expected to be in court at 8:30 but, if he takes the bench at all, he will not do so until 10:00 or later. He often takes motions under submission, waiting weeks to rule. He had MSJs under submission for a month. We were preparing for trial, taking expert depositions, etc., without knowing how he was going to rule. His court staff are rude and short-tempered. Being in this courtroom is not a pleasant experience.

Litigant

Comment #: CA2867
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Sometimes, it is really difficult to understand how can a man could put a innocent child for adoption. That is Judge Hiroshige.

Other

Comment #: CA2828
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
not a very nice person to be on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2795
Rating:1.6
Comments:
My god I heard he left his ex wife for the other woman.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2735
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Hiroshidge said man can sleep around because it is a man's world.

Other

Comment #: CA2488
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I find it interesting that Mr. Hiroshige is a judge. When I graduated from UCLA in 1981 and tried to join the UCLA Asian Pacific Alumni Association, I overheard him stating that Asians who were mixed with black should not be allowed to join. He used the "N" word in describing those people. On the other hand, he encouraged the membership of Asians mixed with white. This is not a judge who should be judging any cases involving persons of African descent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2068
Rating:1.4
Comments:
I suffered through one case in his courtroom. I agree with much of what others have said. He is lazy & not bright. He is 20 yrs. past his retirement. He never takes the bench & it appears that his clerk makes all decisions on pending cases. His clerk is sarcastic, disrespectful & nasty. The court attendant has now decided to act the way the clerk has been acting for years. She is often wrong & you should not follow her directions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1887
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Never takes the bench. Courtroom is run entirely by his clerk - who would actually make a good judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1331
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Very strange judge, he didn't allow any argument on motions, just issued rulings from chambers. As far as I recall he never even took the bench during pre-trial proceedings, everything was handled by the clerk. Passive aggressive maybe?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1214
Rating:2.6
Comments:
This guy doesn't like to work, which means that his clerk/research attorney rules the roost, while he sits placidly on the bench. One of my least favorite judges, because he's not really there.