Hon. Sarah H. Heckman See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sutter County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.8 - 3 rating(s)
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)

What others have said about Hon. Sarah H. Heckman



Comment #: CA9827
This "judge" disregarded the FACTS, expert testimony, eye witnesses and honest testimony in reaching her decision. Instead she sided with the individual whom was repeatedly caught being dishonest and deceptive to the court. What has happened to the "justice system" in this country when a judge is allowed to base her judgment on personal feelings and disregards facts and overwhelming evidence?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8921
Extremely unprofessional and discourteous to parties and counsel and very disrespectful. Judges before hearing all parties and shows extreme bias. Has a very bad temptement and should definitely not be a judge.


Comment #: CA8614
S.Heckman made several malapropos comment about counsel when they are out of court in front of opposing counsel. She was not prepared and grossly unorganized. Does not listen. Flagrant bias


Comment #: CA8377
She is biased, disrespectful, ignorant and makes decisions based on her personal opinions rather than the basis of the facts and the law. She has her own personal agenda. She drug out for almost three years what should have been resolved in less than one day! She demonstrated 5th grade antics and is unprofessional! She drug out what another judge said should have been thrown out the first day for three years! How she is allowed to remain a judge is a mystery!!


Comment #: CA8140
This judge has got to be the worst judge I have ever encountered. She rewards a bad parent by giving the good parent the same treatment to be "fair". I'm not sure if she's scared or too lazy to make decisions. I wish there was a way to get this case out of her courtroom. How she manages to stay a judge is beyond me.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6303
"No Perry Mason moments in this court". She needs to listen more instead of always trying to be heard. Read the briefs and just make a decision. I was in her court every month for a custody dispute for over 1 year. Spend $85k on attorney fees n custody evaluations n she wouldn't ever make a decision (she doesn't like trials because it forces her to make a decision). She needs to focus on the facts of the case, not her personal bias opinion. If your in her court, request another judge... I was eventually able to transfer the case to Butte county (wasn't easy), judge [Mcnellis] read the briefs and made a decision first appearance. He couldn't believe this sat in her court for 1 year and 17 appearances.


Comment #: CA5068
Rating:Not Rated
Not a good judge. She is un able to make clear decision. She dose not even finish the ruling. Leaving things out wants parents they do what to do child sup. She trays and makes them. I have set through her court room many times. Let's the women get away with everything. Will no hold the accountable for nothing. One mom got away with working 12 hours a week and making that dad pay her alimony when she didn't even ask for it. And won't let the dad be with his kids. Cause mom made up lies. judge even count her in the lie. She is ruining lives. Yelled at a lady in the crowd for shaking her hair on disbelief she should not have the right to make decisions.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4763
This judge never starts on time. She cannot handle a calendar on her own. She has to have the bailiff pull files for her. It is apparent that she either takes the bench without reading the files, or that she does not take notes, or is unable to remember the facts of the case that is in front of her. She is unprepared and seems overwhelmed. She also appears to be biased and unable to make a decision. She is always referring people back to mediation to see if they can "resolve" their family law case.