Hon. Roberta S Hayashi See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.3 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 9 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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Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: CA20446
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Similar to what others have observed, this person is biased, rude, unprofessional, demeaning, inconsistent, does not allow litigants to speak, although the case is about them and their children. She does not follow proper judicial processes, uses evidence not properly documented or files to be used in her decision making. She has absolutely no knowledge experience or training in DV, family law or separated family dynamics, her entire background is based on employment law. She is insensitive to the needs of the parents or children's lives she oversees, she makes unfair, biased and ridiculous rulings outside of her jurisdiction. She scolds and brow beats her litigants, smiling one second then slamming her fist on the bench the next. She prolongs cases focusing on issues not mentioned by either litigant and creates unnecessary turmoil and chaos within already disrupted separated families. She has no business pretending to be a judge especially in such a diverse and progressive county like Santa Clara. The ONLY reason she was elected is because she had NO runner up to compete with her. GET HER OFF THE BENCH! SHE IS RUINING LIVES!!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA20217
Rating:2.3
Comments:
This judge should be removed. Biased and unjust. Definitely lacks understanding of the law. I think she has an attitude problem. Very defensive, makes assumptions and lacks decorum. She is deceivingly calm but actually knows deep inside her that she is unfit to be a judge and hates it!

Other

Comment #: CA20216
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I am just one of those people waiting to be called as witness and this judge is very biased and blatantly unjust. She refuses to answer questions of the lawyers and instead will cite cases that she definitely doesn't understand and expects the lawyers to know the cases she cited! She even answers for the respondent! She definitely doesn't know and understand the law! She has no right and doesn't deserve to wear that robe!!! I am not a lawyer but I definitely understand and know the laws better than this judge!!!! This judge is a disgrace!

Other

Comment #: CA14296
Rating:3.0
Comments:
she is emotional often having outburst of yelling as an immature toddler.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14204
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I watched her deny a mother scheduled visitation and this Judge cut this mother off when she quoted Feist v. Feist "It has been noted the order makes no provision concerning visitation. [4] In the absence of a provision expressly denying the right of visitation in a custody order a parent deprived of custody is entitled to reasonable visitation as a matter of natural right. The trial court should have included in its decree express provisions governing the exercise of this right. (Exley v. Exley, 101 Cal. App. 2d 831, 839 [226 P.2d 662].)" Then after the Mom proved DV by the father and a violation of a DVTRO, and asked for her child back, the Judge said, and I quote directly as a witness, "IT'S TOO LATE"

Other

Comment #: CA14016
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I observed her when a friend was there for a hearing. She seemed cold, rigid, and very insensitive. I have seen excellent judges who are true to their humanity and basic human decency. This judge seemed biased, with her mind already made up.

Other

Comment #: CA14002
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I would give her a 0 if possible. She lacks discernment and judgment. She is biased, moody, and not respecting the rules of law. She misplaced comments proving her unilateral thinking. She is nauseatingly unjust.

Other

Comment #: CA13129
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Routinely denies due process. Has conducted hearings and made orders where parties have not been served, are not present and did not know there was a trial.
routinely denies custody and visitation to "fit" parents. Operates outside the parameter of the constitution. Quick to anger. insults and denigrates litigants in her courtroom.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12876
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have sat in her court room for years and witnessed her make orders outside the parameters of the law. Dismiss physical evidence of domestic violence, and base decisions on hearsay. She is quick to anger and berates people in her courtroom.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10312
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This woman should be removed from the bench. She is abusive and disrespectful to litigants and attorneys. She is rude, mean and moody. She does not have the temperament to be a judge. She does not read the pleadings in detail, or does not read them at all but has her mind fixed before the litigants even make arguments. She does not allow you to talk if she does not like you. She does not follow the law. She definitely needs to learn from other judges and needs to act like a judge instead of thinking herself being the god and abuse people in her court room. This is definitely one of the worse judges we have ever had.