Hon. Suzanne Gazzaniga See Rating Details
Superior Court
Placer County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.3 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 5 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. Suzanne Gazzaniga


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12730
She needs to find another career. She is horrible and does not pay attention to the details of trial. Her head is always down as if she is reading something and pays no attention to attorneys or Pet or Res on stand during trial.


Comment #: CA12728
Suzzane Guzzaniga has got to be the worst Judge ever. During a divorce trial, she never looked up once or acted as if she were even listening while being questioned by the attorneys. Her decision as far as settlement went was absolutely ridiculous. There were mistakes all through the order. How she remains a family law judge, one can only guess. I also believe that she is bias, favors or is partial to individuals who are misbehaved and physically threatening to the other party during the trial or court session. I am disturbed that my tax dollars pay her salary. She needs to have a dose of reality shown to her. Clearly, she doesn't pay attention to the situation at hand. Pathetic that she has control over what happens to the lives of others. She is either clueless or just doesn't care. Please do the community a favor....Time to RETIRE your Honor.


Comment #: CA11691
I had similar experience with the other review. This judge has her head down reading something instead of observing the person testifying and evaluating credibility of the witnesses and litigants. She also latched on to one factor among many mandatory factors. She took a matter under submission, then inserted erroneous factual findings as an end-run to deny a litigant an opportunity to object or to be heard on the evidence.


Comment #: CA10613
I never in a million years thought I would ever be in Family Court. I was scared of losing my kids and of the court process. I was so grateful that she actually cared enough to listen to all the facts. It put her off schedule by over an hour. Judge Gazzaniga was in my opinion a very honorable judge. It's people like her that keep my faith in the system. Thank you for being fair and unbiased in a courtroom.


Comment #: CA8862
She allows the litigants opportunity to speak but whether she actually listens is another issue. She doesn't ask too many penetrating questions. She had her head down and was reading something most of the time and not looking at the speakers. In one ruling, she just latched on to one factor out of numerous factor but causation is lacking. So the ruling does not make any sense.


Comment #: CA8664
Rating:Not Rated
Well, she isn't as bad as Horst and Amara. How those 2 ever made it that far, I will never know...
I have known of her harsh rulings, but she better not try that here.... when you have nothing to lose...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8595
judge Gazzaniga is an excellent judge who gave both parties an opportunity to be fully heard and rendered a very fair decision. Cannot ask for more from a judge.


Comment #: CA7050
I would rate her as the best ever. She creates an environment of empowerment. She honors all by her wording and actions. I have never been this impressed with anyone in the legal system as I am by The Honorable Suzanne Gazzaniga.