Hon. Steve Hermanson See Rating Details
Superior Court
Amador County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.9 - 2 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)

What others have said about Hon. Steve Hermanson


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8428
Best Judge for criminal and family law cases for Amador County in a very long time.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8126
The "Old Boy Network" is alive and well in Amador County Superior Court. Hermanson actually laughed with the man when he belittled the woman.
The man's statements were taken as truth and the woman was threatened when she contradicted the man.


Comment #: CA4613
At the end of a long unlawful detainer case, Judge Hermanson became agitated with the defendant for not agreeing or disagreeing with the settlement offer he presented. The defendant pleaded for more time to vacate. In an attempt to show the defendant what a great deal he was offering, Judge Hermanson stated how bad his ruling could have been, and rattled off fines and penalties that were ridiculous. The defendant said: "Well, I wouldn't agree to that, I would have to appeal such a decision." Big mistake! Judge Hermanson's eyes widened, he leaned forward and said: "You'd do what?" The defendant said: "That wouldn't be right, so I'd have to appeal such a decision." The judge came back with an unfair judgement, comprising the worst case scenario that he had threatened. Instead of being honorable and judging with the rules of the law, Judge Hermanson wielded his power like that of a spoiled prince. If Judge Hermanson cannot control himself, he should not have power over the lives of others.