Hon. Tara M. Desautels See Rating Details
Superior Court
Alameda County
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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. Tara M. Desautels



Comment #: CA15295
This MAN-HATER gave me a restraining order although I never ONCE called nor texted my ex-fiancee after I broke up with her. Her explanation is "that's why I'm only giving you 2 years instead of 5, 4 or 3!" A friend commented sarcastically "She did you a favor!"

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6200
This lady is very very biased. So much so she violates the law and her decisions. I would like to partner with others who had the unpleasant experience of going before this judge and file a formal complaint with the state bar.


Comment #: CA6199
She violated numerous times. My ex-wife claimed I had a violent criminal history to obtain a restraining order the judge was supposed to check my criminal history before granting the restraining order she didn't this is a violation of California law. That's just one example. Her judgments are always in favor of the female party.


Comment #: CA5242
Wow! I thought no one would ever speak about this Judge. I am glad people have started writing. Kudos! to you all ! Judge Tara Desautels is not only Amateur and Arrogant, she favors and is completely biased if anyone ever opens her mouth and questions her Judgement. I have paid the price heavily by questioning her Judgement and she gave my minor child's custody to a History sheeter Criminal without questioning.. She used her authority as a Judge to favor the Other party and I strongly believe she has done favors because I have evidence against this Judge.She is not Competent in any way, and her credibility and decisions is being questioned by every authority involved in my case. I hope the Commission takes action against this Judge Desautels for there are lots of litigants who are suffering and its unfortunate no one can do anything as she is on the Judges seat.


Comment #: CA5135
Rating:Not Rated
I must agree with the other review; she doesn't pay attention or listen very well. I'm in the midst of having to appeal a judgment with OBVIOUS errors(things that she should pretty much know, or easily look up before opening her mouth to make a ruling), that shouldn't have ever made it to this point in the 1st place. She may have been great in her role as a lawyer, but I seriously question her ability to preside over a courtroom.


Comment #: CA4486
An amateur judge with a short temper and a biased decision-making capability. She does not like to consider the facts. She does not understand the cases, but she wants to demonstrate that she is a judge to parties by showing her power.