Hon. Noel Wise See Rating Details
Superior Court
Alameda County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.2 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 2 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. Noel Wise


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA17632
This judge obviously has no actual experience in the practice of law but only appears to have been a good press release upon her appointment. Ridiculous. Hands-out heavy sanctions on counsel for no other reason than she apparently enjoys it. If you are an attorney practicing law in the State of California you have a basis to file a 170.6 motion because she is prejudiced against you. Do it!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14235
Fair and hardworking settlement conference judge. Willing to spend time on a smaller case. Clients liked her and expressed that she respected their feelings.


Comment #: CA12175
Judge Wise is very intelligent and perceptive. She is one of the few judges who do not just go the easy way. She is kind and understanding and does not react with hostility toward individuals who might not know exactly what they are doing in court. She reads all the documents submitted and appears to be able to effortlessly sort out the BS from the truth, and, if necessary, take the road less travelled. For example, most family court judges simply adopt the family court services recommendations, even though these people have less than two hours exposure to the facts of the case, have no concept of the background, do not know the children (if any involved) and tend to just take one of the parties' perspectives as the truth and ignore the other's.
Essentually, the judges avoid making decisions and delegate their authority to some random counsellor.


Comment #: CA7728
Judge Wise starts on time, doesn't seem up to speed on reading pleadings or motions, and is basically ineffectual as a judge. I have appeared before her more than once and she is reluctant to make any sort of modification or judgement put before her. It is hard to tell if she is just killing time in family court, doesn't care about the job, or if she is simply lazy and doesn't feel like typing new orders for the families she is supposed to be assisting.