Hon. Stephen P Acquisto See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sacramento County
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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. Stephen P Acquisto


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA28059
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Stephen Aquisto is a biased judge, not fit for family law cases. I was advised after he made an egregious, unmeritous judgement against me based on the testimony of an attorney and not the evidence and testimony of witnesses he denied, that he was too harsh and didn't serve well as a judge or mediator of sensitive cases between a mother and daughter or families. He violated the rules of court when he questioned me and did not allow testimony, exhibits, or witnesses.An order that he imposed cost my mother her life and in the end her home. I couldn't assist her during her failing health. This has been a devastating blow to my family.This judge lacks the temperament to be sitting on the Sacramento Family Court. In addition, I learned that he attended McGeorge School of Law, the same school as the attorney whom he favored in the case.The Governer who appointed this judge will never know the fatality his lack of judgment caused my family and I. I served for many years as a court reporter in a courtroom with a judge of great integrity.However, I have little faith in the judicial system at this point.


Comment #: CA24518
Rating:Not Rated
I found Judge Acquisto to be very thorough. He read the case file prior to my hearing and trial, in a Family Law case. He was competent and a very good, and quick study of human beings in character. Now, Family Court is left with majority of the hearing officers who participate in the "business" practice in Family court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19893
Not fit for public service as he is biased and succumbs to favoring his "attorney friends". CJP needs to take their duty to the public seriously. CA State Auditor should expand their audit of CJP.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA17895
Completely incompetent. Another awful choice by Governor Brown for the Sacramento Superior Court. This is what happens when you promote your office assistants to Superior Court Judge and why the bench in Sacramento is a complete joke.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10523
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Acquisto is a very thorough Judge. He looks at all of the evidence and case files before he rules. He starts his court on time unlike a lot of other judges.