Hon. John H. Sugiyama See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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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)


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Other

Comment #: CA24958
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very poor judge. Always sides with the attorneys in his circle (talbot, Reali etc) No court reporter so he does whatever he wants. Seems to be a completely profit driven for him and his cronies. If you're an out of town attorney he will try to intimidate you. Chances of you getting a fair ruling zero

Litigant

Comment #: CA23985
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Sugiyama and his CCCP attorney cohorts cannot wash their hands of these sins and crimes. Sooner of later they will not be able to hide from the things they have done anymore and there will be a reckoning.

Other

Comment #: CA23845
Rating:1.0
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Comment: CA23833

You need to stop using this forum for your delusional ranting. You are so far beyond comprehension no one can help you. I understand the need to “vent”. Please find somewhere else to take your never ending grievances. We’ve heard enough and you’re undermining the purpose of this page. You’re only doing Sugiyama a favor by making us all look like quacks. Please stop.

Litigant

Comment #: CA20161
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
If there was a chorus of credible allegations about local law enforcement officers systematically violating the civil rights of elders, children and their families through deficient probable cause and a knowing abuse of power and legal process, and whereby the officers personally enriched themselves from confiscated assets, the media would breathlessly chase the story, demand full transparency and report nonstop. However, when analogous allegations decry the activities of a Superior Court judge and a band of complicit grifting probate attorneys, the media silence is deafening. Where is the virtuous and self-proclaimed unbiased media's reportage of this governmental civil rights trainwreck?

Litigant

Comment #: CA20052
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If you scroll down comments you will discover what looks to be a response from the antichrist himself. It appears as though he took a significant amount of time to list all the names of his supporters. Political and judicial. I suggest every single one of us send a copy of our accusations and grievances to every single name on that list of people. Let them know who they REALLY are supporting and tell them that their name was provided by Sugiyama himself. Start advertising the names of people that think he’s operating along the lines of due process and constitutional rights and MAKE THOSE PEOPLE AWARE OF WHO THEY ARE ENDORSING!

Litigant

Comment #: CA20000
Rating:1.0
Comments:
There are oversight committees and law enforcement in the federal, state and city levels for this. Please contact ALL government officials that you know who can inform or form an independent committee to investigate this. This also has to go to the Appeals and Supreme Court and overturn these injustices that Judge Sugiyama has done.

Litigant

Comment #: CA19671
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Oh my gosh, did someone really say " Judge Sugiyama's compassion for elders...is a Godsend"? His compassion only goes so far as to accommodate his cronies desired outcome. Regardless of court investigations and testimony frm medical personnel. It breaks my heart to think he is destroying peoples lives with his cavalier rulings. He is a complete disgrace to the entire legal community. My life, as well as my family's was devastated by his careless attention to details and facts put right in front of his face that he ignored. To no one's benefit but the sleazy probate attorney's and DEFINITELY NOT the elder he professes to have compassion for. He is a jerk and there is a special place in hell for him. Hope he goes sooner rather than later.

Other

Comment #: CA19667
Rating:Not Rated
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My family too! Not sure I will ever truly recover!
Wish there was a way for all of us to meet. Wonder if that would help with some of the pain.

Litigant

Comment #: CA19637
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This is still a free country with civil rights. Millions of Americans died for these rights. Never give up. Constantly complain to your legislature, executive, the press, advocacy groups, anyone who would listen. This nightmare has to end.

Litigant

Comment #: CA19501
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Comment 19498
The criminal attorneys are the ones that are holding conservatorship workshops. Titled "prevent elder abuse" etc.
I can't name names but it's your pro tem judges. It's a club. What is a pro tem judge? It's an attorney sitting in for a judge and ruling in cases. There's more of them then there are actually judges down at that Hell hole.

Other

Comment #: CA19499
Rating:Not Rated
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My elderly aunt is under a full conservatorship and her court-appointed attorney did nothing to stop it. He charged her $8K for this and she is really mad.

The judge OK'd it and will not let her get a different attorney. As a result we have to fight it separately but don't know who to trust anymore.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19443
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge only listens to and accepts one side of the argument.

The side being presented by one of his favored attorneys.

As a result, questionable allegations are often accepted as fact and certain individuals are defamed in the process.

An unfair, unjust and crooked judge who grants unlawful conservatorships and child guardianships with reckless abandon.

Other

Comment #: CA19422
Rating:Not Rated
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Comment #19419
Humbly?! Yes, humility is often evidenced through pronouncements that one is a 'Super Lawyer.' In my opinion, anyone regularly appearing as a court-appointed attorney in Dept 14 and looks the other way is arguably complicit. True humility would be standing up to the injustice.

Other

Comment #: CA19417
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Sugiyama rocks! Once my mother got a GC-313 filed with the court, he approved my grandmother's conservatorship & we all got early inheritances.

The attorneys who filed this petition were very aggressive and for some reason or another, my grandmother's court-appointed attorney also went along with the conservatorship as well.

My mother initially thought this might be a difficult proceeding but her attorneys from Orinda made it incredibly easy.

How cool is that. Meanwhile my dumb cousin was contacting some state senator to look into the matter. Like they care.

Other

Comment #: CA19416
Rating:1.0
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Welcome to the jungle.

Department 14 is like quicksand. Once you are in it, there is no escaping.

Advocacy groups = useless (unless you enjoy writing countless letters that no one of consequence bothers to read).

Out of town attorneys = don't want to enter the snakepit.

Contra Costa County Bar Association attorneys = the snakes

Judge Sugiyama = the enabler

Litigant

Comment #: CA19411
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I can relate to you so much #19393! My family has gone through all that too. We have tried complaining to almost every agency we could. No one will do anything! We have a court date this Thursday the 9th. They going to try to extort more money from us that they are not entitled to. No attorney from the area will help me. So we are on our own. I’m scared of what will happen. What injustice we will have to endure this time.

Other

Comment #: CA19274
Rating:1.0
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This is exactly what happened to my family! Terrible!!!

Litigant

Comment #: CA18819
Rating:1.0
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The best way to avoid a trap is to know of its existence. In this case now that you know of this legal trap, you have to move out of jurisdiction to avoid Contra Costa.

Litigant

Comment #: CA18810
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Does The Robing Room not like the term "child trafficking"? Oh, I'm sorry. Can anyone else suggest a term for keeping a 3 month old infant in Dept. 14 for over 6 years? Perhaps court appointed minors counsel/pro tem judge for Sugiyama has some suggestions? She's so proud of her work that she cited it on her application for a judgeship! Quit removing my comments RR. I am not violating any terms. This judge needs to be held accountable for his immoral conduct and his disservice to the community.

Other

Comment #: CA18706
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is another judge who has made me lose faith in the justice system. He is a lazy, dictatorial judge. He treats lawyers outside his favored circle shamefully and ignores the law. This judge is an absolute joke.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA18504
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The jig is up. CA DOJ investigation into this matter has been initiated. Like the college cheating scandal, the perpetrators will be exposed.

Moral of Story...Play fair & be considerate to all parties involved.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA17926
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
what most losing litigants do not understand is that being of a minority backgound, judge sugiyama wants to deperately be accepted by his white peers/colleagues in the legal profession & as a result, he has opted to take the side of certain attorneys during various court room proceedings as many of these lawyers are CC Bar Assoc. members who regularly support him come re-election time.

sadly they are taking him for a stooge as he cannot see this for himself. because of this, department 14 has become a wasteland of questionable legal decisions that favor certain parties.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA17771
Rating:Not Rated
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Judge Sugiyama is supported by the Contra Costa Bar Association & returns the favor in his decisions to those attorneys. If you are not one of his supporters (or an attorney from outside of the area) you will lose your case. Guaranteed.

Department 14 is a no man's land unless you support Judge Sugiyama come re-election time.

Litigant

Comment #: CA17646
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge does not care about litigant's constitutional rights. He will only rule in favor of certain lawyers he is in bed with ignoring the facts of the case. Avoid Dept. 14 at all cost!

Litigant

Comment #: CA17305
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
shows favoritism to certain attorneys.
does not ensure due process to all parties. hearings very brief & not evidentiary. pro se litigants at a disadvantage in his court. renders verdicts with incomplete court file. will only tow the line if media present. avoid department 14 if you can.

Other

Comment #: CA17248
Rating:Not Rated
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What a terror of a judge, and what a horror of a human being. CC remove this blight!

Other

Comment #: CA13966
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
All I can say is this guys courtroom is a total racket and a disgrace to the laws and the rights of the people who appear before him. I am in school to become an attorney and I have been sitting in on Sugiyamas courtroom quite frequently. It amazes me how he favors certain attorneys who he is buddy buddy with. He makes up his own laws. Goes against what the constitution says and gets away with it. He is disrespectful to anyone who tries to stand up for their rights. I have spoken to other attorneys who I have seen him rule against when they were totally in the right. They even told me that its just the way it works in his courtroom when your up against his attorney buddies. I just dont see how he continues on the bench and hasn't been investigated or anything.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13924
Rating:1.0
Comments:
John Sugiyama is a sociopath. There is no other way to explain his rulings or the behavior he has toward pro se litigants and their estates or innocent children and infants and their parents. Upholding and/or merely recognizing constitutional rights means not a thing to him. As far as he’s concerned he wrote the book and rules according to how it serves the crooked attorneys he’s aligned himself with. He has absolutely destroyed the judicial process down at Martinez Court. I have nothing but ill will for this man.

Other

Comment #: CA13848
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If i could give 0 stars i would. This man is out of control. I thought he was supposed to be retired or his time in probate was over with. Why is he still here? He makes his own laws and rules. Doesnt follow the real law and gets away with it. Im in such disbelief over the crap this man continues to get away with and his little sidekick attorneys who he caters to. No matter how wrong these sharks they call attorneys are....it doesnt matter. They are all in this criminal pool together

Litigant

Comment #: CA12655
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Terrible nasty judge. Trust me, there's nothing "honerable" about this guy!

Litigant

Comment #: CA12599
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Our families ongoing probate (it seem to never end) is not going well. This judge is horribly arrogant, he interrupts and is very intrusive into our personal lives, makes inappropriate comments and seems hostile toward my sister and I to even speak at times, but appears more than a little biased toward the probate lawyers that he's overly chummy with. One can only wonder why. I can't see any litigants, but especially poor ones, getting a fair shake from this odd little man. Contra Costa this guy needs to be removed as a judge. I read it somewheres and I totally agree, "He's a Criminal Lawyer or prosecutor in Judges Robes". At any rate judging by so many similar replies here and elsewhere, this man should be criminally prosecuted, not rendering judgements on others. What a travesty of "Justice".

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA12589
Rating:1.9
Comments:
What a PRIG! Acts like a spoiled child in court. Runs roughshod over any Legal Staff not already in his pocket. Thinks he's humorus. And he's about as funny as the massive heart attack I wish he'd have that would suddenly end his rein of horrors. From my lips to Gods ears! As a legal Professional, I am completely disgusted by this man.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12584
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Recently appeared before this insane abrupt self-serving robber-baron, Probate Lawyers SHILL of a "judge"... What a nightmare!

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: CA12582
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
What a TOTALLY unfair judge, who rules like a dictator, and most OBVIOUSLY favors Probate Lawyers over honesty, truth, or anything resembling fairness!

Litigant

Comment #: CA10421
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Completely oblivious to his duty to provide a fair and ethical hearing based on facts and evidence submitted. His rulings go against court investigators recommendations and care facility personnel and assigns mother's youngest son conservator. She'd just had stroke and lost short term memory so estranged son pops into town to take over. Committing elder abuse he removes her from her home to a care facility against her wishes, cons her into putting his name on her bank account, steals all her personal property and trust assets. He then influences her to get a TRO on me and tells her I stole from her, while she is in a vulnerable state. then in court he has the audacity to convey my title to my mobile home, where mom lived, to mom's estate for no reason. Except the allegations, not proof, no evidence, no charges against me, Sugiyama lets this information influence him against me. Mom died and I am sole beneficiary, but of what? Nothing there, but my title. Nothing much left to lose so I will complain till someone listens. Sugiyama has definitely overstayed his welcome here in Contra Costa.

Other

Comment #: CA9893
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Sugiyama terminated my parental rights ruling that I abandoned my daughter after he kept my case in his courtroom (probate) for 6 years. No charges of abuse or neglect. No investigation done by DCFS. The first three years I had professionally supervised visitation until he suspended it. I went before him 4x to request reinstatement of professionally supervised visitation. The last time he slapped two thousand dollars in sanctions against me. I also requested a transfer to Dependency Court several times - he refused and sanctioned my attorney. [Redacted by Editor]This attorney served over two hundred orders to take judicial notice before my TPR trial. She was also allowed to petition the court for an additional $191,000. from me. This in addition to what the Criminal Conflicts Program paid to her. [Redacted]

Litigant

Comment #: CA9881
Rating:1.0
Comments:
John H. Sugiyama. There is CA probate code.
There are things like the constitutional right to raise your own children without the interference of the government - I believe it's listed somewhere within your parental rights? You may read statements such as "the court takes termination of ones parental rights very seriously". What you experience in front of this judge will never align with the rights you once believed you were afforded as a citizen of this country and its judicial system and there isn't anything you can do about it. I will never be able to go back to the life I had before this judge destroyed it. I will never be able to wake up in the morning carefree. Not only has he redefined me, he has redefined my life. My relationship with my only child was trivialized to the point of non existence. He gave away my motherhood, my child, my integrity and my self esteem. Everyday I think about what it would be like if I had my baby. Her voice echoes through my mind - I miss her so much. Why me? I'm finding it harder and harder to accept the fact that I'm never going to be a mother to my child. The thought of it is absolutely devastating.

Other

Comment #: CA9603
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Sugiyama has covered and protected Robert J Hooy (Hooy & Hooy PLC, Concord), although Hooy has deliberately and blatantly committed malpractice in dealing with a probate case!!!
WHY do you do that, Mr Sugiyama? Does that satisfy you?
YOU have put on a shameful and unjust performance and YOU KNOW IT!

Other

Comment #: CA8844
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Does not rule objectively!
Does ignore the truth!
Shields malpractice of greedy probate lawyers!
Acts as if he is Kamehameha!
I hope he is a better father than judge!

Other

Comment #: CA7462
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Sugiyama explained his decision-making is based on his reluctance on making decisions for the parents reguarding their child. I am confused as to what his function in the court is.

Litigant

Comment #: CA7409
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Mr Sugiyama does not rule according to the law, favors avaricious probate lawyers such as Robert Hooy (Concord) and David Little (Hand & Little, Oakland), covers unjust and malevolent practitioners of law. SHAME on CC Department 14 !
A shame he is a Cal graduate !

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6878
Rating:10.0
Comments:
One of the fairest judges I have every appeared in front of. He also explains his rulings. He is fair to both sides, he listens, and he is patient. He is a keeper. Appellate Court or California Supreme Court?

Other

Comment #: CA4769
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge and his court have outlived their purpose. This court is not competent, and has forgotten the true purpose of the law and the courts.

Other

Comment #: CA4362
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
In the guardianship case of minor child A.Z., this judge allowed the child's attorney J. C. W. to decide on the child's visitation with family members who are concerned about the child. Attorney J.C.W. submitted documentation that he has not spoken with the child in over a year and a half. The child is not being represented in our courts in the way that the law intended, and this judge is allowing court-appointed attorneys to represent this minor child in court, even when they have not spoken to the the child and obviously do not have a client-attorney relationship. This is court child abuse and neglect.

Other

Comment #: CA4293
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is unfamiliar with the cases in front of him. He has a lack of compassion for guardianship cases. He shows no concern for children who want to continue relationships with ex-guardians and extended family members.