Hon. Joni T. Hiramoto See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 5 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 #: CA33225
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Does not read any of the paper work provided or any of the documents I had spend thousand for my lawyers to help me write. Saw her twice and each time she was repetitive and said things so off the wall that it was so obvious she didn’t read the paperwork. She definitely has it out for dads who just want a chance to be in their children’s life. She will ask a question and once you respond she will yell for interrupting. So best to just sit quiet before she allow you to speak.

Litigant

Comment #: CA33089
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Completely bias against me. Especially those who do not have representation. She enforces maintains or enforces unnecessary Domestic Violence restraining orders in bias against men.
She does not read declarations and does not follow the rules and procedures of trial including but not limited to ; proper preparation and discovery timelines, witness preparation , and even accepts verbal motions from attorneys and disregards proper motions from self represented litigants. He bias towards men and her inability to control her own emotions has led to unjust ruling in Family court In numerous proceedings. Thank god she was finally fired...I mean transferred from Family Law. She should be disbarred

Other

Comment #: CA33029
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Joni Hiramoto is one of SEVERAL Contra Costa Family Court judges who is incompetent, emotional, biased, [Redacted by Ed.] and blatantly ignores the facts. This system backs their own lawyers, therapists, mediators, and evaluators and keeps CHILDREN caught in a money-extorting system without one concern for what is actually in the best interest of the child. The [redacted] Contra Costa County Family Law system needs to be brought to light because these people are DESTROYING families with their inconsistent rulings that keep families trapped in the system while they collect a paycheck and ignore the abuse they perpetuate.

Litigant

Comment #: CA32477
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I had my children in a great private school, they were doing well,they have friends, family and a life long rooted community here in the Bay Area. We have a comfy home where everyone has their own bedrooom. We adjusted to life after their mother moved away. I had been my children's primary care giver since birth. I know that I am an amazing and loving father. But I guess that wasn't enough. Thanks to this judge, my children now live in a two-bedroom apartment in the LA area with their mother and her boyfriend. Every professional I consulted , every lawyer, every therapist, every educator said that this was the most insane ruling they have ever heard. I'm not sure if she has her own set if biases against fathers, or if she really is incompetent. All I know is that I have worked so hard for m children, and she took that away on a whim. As far as I am concerned, this judge has no honor.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA31580
Rating:8.4
Comments:
For preliminary hearing and trial: even-handed and smart. Pleasant, respectful.

Litigant

Comment #: CA28138
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Recuse this judge on your first hearing! You have that legal right.
She is on the take and unless your the one paying her off, You lose and you will lose BIG!
She is illegally and systematically removing parents custody of their children based on payoffs. She will be under criminal investigation soon if the court doesn't move her out. I bet they do before she can be charged.. That's what they do or they will retire her like they did Judge Mills.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA21601
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Her dark nails and purple hair is gothic and a disgrace to the bench. She gives great favor to local attorneys. She favors drug addicts and women clientele and she has anger management issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12845
Rating:9.4
Comments:
Bright, intelligent, hard-working. Reads everything and is even-handed. Accepts criticism well. Very much a people person. She cares about justice and this is more than just a job for her. It's a calling.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4725
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This judge seems to pre-judge cases on the merits. She gives a great deal of deference to local attorneys. Don't take a case here unless you are part of her "clique," as you won't be doing your client any favors.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3455
Rating:5.0
Comments:
I never thoughtI would prefer Stark to anyone but I am so sick of this woman's temper that I am re-evaluating Stark. This Judge is rude, angry and very self-centered. I no longer care that her sentences are fair. SHe undoes the good she does when she blows her top which all too frequent. Is she bi-polar?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2944
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She has an anger management problem. Nasty temper. Bring your toothbrush if you or your client interrupts her.