Hon. John H. Sugiyama See Rating Details
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 1 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)

What others have said about Hon. John H. Sugiyama



Comment #: CA7462
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.


Comment #: CA7409
Rating:Not Rated
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
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?


Comment #: CA4769
Rating:Not Rated
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.


Comment #: CA4362
Rating:Not Rated
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.


Comment #: CA4293
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.