Hon. David M. Hirsch See Rating Details
Superior Court
Ventura County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.1 - 3 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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What others have said about Hon. David M. Hirsch



Comment #: CA38466
The comment below is right about this Judge. He is definitely biased. I am a minority and instead of looking at the facts that no evidence was presented he just assumed I was guilty. He specifically told me if I was not going to behave I would be put in their as he pointed to the inmates. Definitely cold hearted.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA34815
Rating:Not Rated
Dear Private,

Your account of Judge Hirsch’s treatment of minority and low income defendants is disturbing. Thank you for bringing this to light so that future litigants and attorneys can avoid the blatant discrimination you describe.

If you have any information on Judge Hirsch that you would like to share anonymously, I can be reached at RadiantTruth@pm.me.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA34814
Posters below: Yes, you are right. Sadly, it's because he is afraid of losing the next election, at least that's why he think he does that. He thinks he needs to be “tough on crime” and he has lost his ability, or care, to understand that these are real people and each case is different.....he had that quality before, when he was a PD :( Not every defendant deserves to be hammered and most of our felony DAs recognize that. However, the judge needs to approve of any settlement and this judge ignores the DA's input and just hammers every defendant. Many - most I represent, are lower middle class who do not qualify for the public defender but cannot afford private trial counsel. He is the only judge on the bench who basically forces these people to accept an unjust sentence, harsher than what the DA asks for....because he can.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA15080
Judge Hirsch demonstrates clear bias. He dishes out sentences that are unconscionable based on the charge. He over-rides reasonable offers made by the DA and accepted by the defense. He insists on unconscionable sentences because he is based. He is ill equipped to handle the power of a judge and should do something else.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA14429
Very involved in the plea bargain process. Unnecessarily so. Has no problem blowing up a proposed disposition that was agreed upon by professionals most knowlegable about the salient facts in the case. But can be open minded and persuaded to change his mind.