Hon. David De Alba See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sacramento County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.0 - 6 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. David De Alba


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19551
I had two trials with this judge a few years ago and found him to be top notch. His rulings were fair and well reasoned. He let both sides try their cases without unnecessary interference. He is now the presiding judge and is doing a great job.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA11981
When a Evidence Trial is scheduled and then the Trial result's in a Hearing where not a single piece of evidence is presented, I would say there is a lack of due process. An Appeal is necessary when the Court does not follow proper procedure. Not impressed at all very one sided.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7928
Judge DeAlba is very fair. A lot of DA's don't like him because they think he is too fair, which is sad.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4006
As mentioned before, he is a political animal. But so what? He is very smart, congenial, and even-handed. One of the best on Sacramento's bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3646
Great judge to been in trial with. I have had several trials in front of him and really enjoyed them. He is even tempered, fair, pleasant and extremely knowledgeable. In his chambers, he is very easy going, but once you go on the record, he is a stickler for procedure. He demands that the attorneys treat each other with respect and courtesy. He runs a very formal courtroom. You'd better be prepared, know the law and know your case. He does have a bit of an inflated ego, so if you can deal with that, you'll be just fine.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2902
Very even and thoughtful.
Actually listens to the parties, and makes up his mind after he hears the facts.