Hon. Cecilia P. Castellanos See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Alameda County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.4 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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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Other

Comment #: CA15207
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Cecilia Castellanos believe she can do anything she want because she work
as judge, and that she is above the law. I never have seen a judge who make decisions based on likes and not evidences.She refuses to look at evidence and take word as proves. What a joke. You might be a judge and you think you are someone, but Karma will get to you one day for all the injustices, unethical behaviors and etc. when it comes, it comes.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12790
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Not a fair person. She think she have been working so long that she does not need to see evidences for resolve cases . She basically judge me by my clothes and not by evidences. Also she made mean and personal comments while she should not. I’ m going to have my case appealed .
She keep saying is a small amount of money, but why should I pay for something so didn’ t do? Where is the Justice? When you appoint a woman who think she know everything and does not want look at evidences? Does a suit change everything? The defendant keep lies, I proved him wrong and she defended him. Wasted money and shame for someone who should do her work right and based on fact and evidences.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12120
Rating:2.0
Comments:
She sat in probate for a couple of years and, while not particularly offensive, was far far from the brightest bulb in the marquee.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6296
Rating:3.8
Comments:
May be a good judge in many contexts, but occasionally fails to see the forest for the trees. There was one occasion on which she forced applied a very rigid interpretation of the probate code, believing she was protecting someone and doing a kindness. Unfortunately, the actual effect of the ruling was a great unkindness, but she was unable to see the big picture.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3256
Rating:1.0
Comments:
After comments, I wanted to make sure the ratings were submitted.

Other

Comment #: CA3255
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Castellanos has not cooperated with our case since OCTOBER, 2012. After each request for paperwork, she asks for MORE and keeps setting ANOTHER hearing date.
Now, all she is asking for is TWO papers which our attorney wanted to hand-deliver and was told there has to be a hearing.
The sale of a house has been pending since July, 2012, and the proceeds need to finance a care facility for a member of the family.
The attorney has to QUOTE codes to the examiner which she, in turn, tells the judge and then agrees and asks for more.
The attorney can NOT talk to the judge.
How unprofessional!

Other

Comment #: CA2863
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I appear before her at least 5-10 times a month. She has an excellent temperament, but very fair, respectful and even handed in dealing with everyone unless you want to be a jerk. Then she will put you in your place in a nice firm manner.
Particularly impressed by her attitude towards all, especially one day the power was out in the building, She came out with her staff to the front of the building, apologized and explained to all that all cases were being continued to another day. She is very human. Best probate judge in my 11 years there.

Other

Comment #: CA2406
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I didn't care for her with how she completely ignored the respondent in a case. His statement appeared to the others in the court room to be more plausible and believable. He had pictures showing his injuries and she didn't and the judge took her word over physical evidence. She also, i found out later, violated the rules of the court and the state codes when evidence was introduced by the girl but the guy was not given the chance to look at what she filed with the court. Very one sided very bias

Other

Comment #: CA2405
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I didn't care for her with how she completely ignored the respondent in a case. His statement appeared to the others in the court room to be more plausible and believable. He had pictures showing his injuries and she didn't and the judge took her word over physical evidence. She also, i found out later, violated the rules of the court and the state codes when evidence was introduced by the girl but the guy was not given the chance to look at what she filed with the court. Very one sided very bias