Hon. Dennis W. Hayashi See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Alameda County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.7 - 5 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA35874
Rating:3.4
Comments:
Judge Hayashi is not a good judge. His legal analysis is almost always exceedingly shallow -- it's unclear whether this is because he just does not understand the law very well, or because he's content to "resolve" a motion by citing the one case that somewhat supports his preferred outcome while ignoring the multiple cases that distinguish or outright reject that one case's reasoning. He also seems afraid of granting truly dispositive motions even when most other judges would exercise their discretion in favor of granting those motions - it's like he just wants a case to linger around until the parties deplete their resources and settle out of exhaustion. Or maybe he just doesn't want to get reversed as it's basically impossible to appeal the denial of such motions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA35444
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Awful, terrible, really bad judge. One of the worst I have dealt with in 41 years.

Other

Comment #: CA28737
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Stupid and biased. Maybe too stupid to know he is biased.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA28348
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is too one-sided and stupid to be a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23766
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Created new legal standards in order to rule in favor of opposing party. I wouldn't believe a sitting judge could be so incompetent if I didn't see it with my own eyes.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA17399
Rating:4.7
Comments:
Completely lacks a basic understanding of the law.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12000
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
How can my brother be evicted when he was not a tenant while being in possession for 15-years? This is an outright criminal act and that the judges get away with almost everything because even the appeals court does not like to overrule the state court judges. this certainly appears to be an unjust system because nobody review’s the judge’s findings before it becomes a final order; so, they apparently do what they want. Here are some facts.
1. Judge Dennis Hayashi, in the adverse possession case, stated that he would not overrule Robert Freedman’s Judgment. Judge Robert Freedman stated in his ruling we have no chance to prevail at trial as my brother be the equable owners of the subject property and dismissed the Lis pendens in the adverse possession case, although the heirs met all five elements of adverse possession. On 3/15/2017 Hayashi recused himself, implying he was biased, but stepped back in the case the following week on 3/22/2017.