Hon. Kirk H. Nakamura See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.3 - 5 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. Kirk H. Nakamura


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4974
Rating:3.0
Comments:
He is mellow and easygoing as far as judges go, but he has no backbone. He will do everything to avoid making a tough call. If you have a problem with the other attorney, he will not intercede. This is true even when there is clear evidence of egregious conduct. My impression was that he tries to avoid confrontation, which is kind of a problem for a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4825
Rating:8.1
Comments:
He is very even-keeled, and somewhat flexible. He can be refreshing if you are used to grating "Type A" egomaniacal judges because he is very calm, and seems to take the job of judge as that of being a neutral mediator between the parties. I disagree with the reviewer who said that he is "dumb" -- he seems to be very scholarly in my opinion, and his rulings are usually pretty expected (if you know his style). He definitely seems to play it safe a lot with his rulings, however. Don't expect to win a demurrer or MSJ if you are the moving party, unless it is overwhelmingly obvious that you are right or the other side is frivolous. As to oral argument, I definitely agree with the other review that he always hides behind his tentatives, and that he treats oral argument like it's a chore.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4700
Rating:4.4
Comments:
This judge never departs from his tentative rulings, which appear to be drafted by a clerk. He hides behind his tentatives so that he doesn't have to keep up with oral arguments.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4631
Rating:2.1
Comments:
The judge is dumb and thinks that he is the jury and executioner. If you expect to encounter an important motion in your case, stay away from this judge, especially if you are a plaintiff's attorney.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3549
Rating:3.8
Comments:
Incompetent. Passive/aggressive