Hon. Steve White See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sacramento County
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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)

What others have said about Hon. Steve White



Comment #: CA7457
Rating:Not Rated
7.11.14 - Dog Torturer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison4

A California judge gave out the maximum sentence to a man for the abominable abuse of his pit bull. Thankfully the dog survived, and his abuser is spending the next decade and a half in prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White sentenced Robert Lee Brian to the maximum sentence of 15 years and 6 months for the torture of his dog Bubba.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6927
Very good trial judge. Yeah he is prosecution oriented but after all he was the elected Sacramento County DA from 1988 to 1994. But he wil let you try your case and will occasionally rule in favor of the defense. While he is strictly business, he is also friendly and easy going, unlike some judges who truly despise criminal defense attorneys and make their lives miserable.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6151
I have tried a number of complex and serious cases in front of Judge White. I found him to be extraordinarily polite to both counsel and my clients. He is intelligent and even handed, a rare combination on the bench. Judge White follows the law and does not just favor the prosecution. I think he is the best judge on the bench in Sacramento County and regarded as such by both prosecutors and defense counsel.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5312
Very bad judge; smiling assassin who does not know the law but fools people by his apparent even-handed demeanor. Any doubts? Google "Jan Scully Steve White"

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4657
He is an excellent judge. Despite his D.A. background, I found him to be even-handed and fair to both sides during his tenure in juvenile court. He is a very interesting guy as well. I highly recommended this judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4526
This judge is far more biased than he thinks he is, but not nearly as bright.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4399
This judge is respected immensely on both sides of the aisle. He was the District Attorney of Sacramento prior to his appointment to the bench, but was also given the Judge of the Year award by the criminal defense bar in 2011. That by itself speaks volumes about his character and fairness. I am in court daily, and all the attorneys I know, whether D.A.'s or defense attorneys, appreciate his intelligence, demeanor, and intellect.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4214
I cannot fathom the other critiques - this man is an arrogant, extraordinarily biased judge. No defendant or defense attorney will be treated fairly in front of him. He is malicious. Beware

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3673
Great judge to do trial work in front of. He is all business in and out of chambers, has a good sense of humor and treats each side with respect. Even though he was the head DA and lost re-election in a bruising contest to Jan Scully in the 1990's, he is a good judge. Although he definitely has a pro prosecution orientation, he is still fair and lets you try your case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3636
Fair to both sides and listens thoughtfully. He thinks before a ruling. Both qualities are becoming more rare.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA194
Rating:Not Rated
Very smart, very good trial judge and very pleasant to all concerned. He knows the law well and will rule correctly on legal issues and let you try your case. In general, he will not help you to settle a case and will be somewhat harsh on sentencing, particularly in cases involving serious or violent crimes.