Hon. Sean Dabel See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
San Mateo County
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* 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA31602
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My first review of Judge Dabel disappeared from this site, apparently because it was too negative (lol). I am leaving another review because in the last year since I left the prior review, Judge Dabel has continued to demonstrate incompetence, prejudice, and simply an uncaring and grossly indifferent attitude. I have been filing peremptory challenges under 170.6 in all new cases assigned to Judge Dabel, as are a number of other local attorneys, and now I only have one case with him. As just one example, the proposed judgment following a court trial in May 2019 was submitted to Judge Dabel in December 2019. It's now August 2020 and he has given no indication of when/whether he will sign or reject the proposed judgment. All I am asking for is a signed judgment so I can appeal his final decision! The other party is not pressing for a judgment because she knows that my client will honor the terms of the decision even without a judgment, and that he can't appeal without the judgment. Ridiculous! Judge Dabel should not be on the bench, and certainly not in family law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA30937
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This updates my 4/8/2020 post. The hostility appeared. As is so common in Family Law Court (Judges, Attorneys and Mental Health Professionals) due to the high level of self-selection bias, expect this man to exhibit all the behaviors that comprise Narcissistic Personality Disorder. This personality/character disorder results in a skewed view of reality. He is incapable of recognizing and understanding familial abuse, manipulation and control (as well as the resulting trauma) because he engages in this behavior and believes it is normal. He is an example of why Family Law Courts must be disbanded in favor of a rational, ethical, reality-based, child-centered model: https://www.womenscoalitioninternational.org/enact-child-custody-act.html

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA29265
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Based of the prior comments, I was expecting hostility. I detected none. What I heard was an extremely unintelligent man who is completely unaware that he is simply not equipped to handle any aspect of the job. To make matters worse, he is just lazy. He claimed to have read the pleadings, but demonstrated no understanding of the facts or the law. He has no idea what actual powers he has (and doesn't have), including simple matters of jurisdiction that we learned in first year law school. No effort. No interest. Simply does not care. He needs to be sent back to the DA's office to prosecute Kitten Killers. That is his calling. Our Family Law Courts (and our children) deserve so much better than this.

Litigant

Comment #: CA29068
Rating:1.0
Comments:
horrible - doesn't even know the powers he has by law, which is to force a settlement. Instead, he acts like a prosecutor and takes sides and enjoys berating and cutting down to size the side he prejudices.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA27038
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He needs to be off the family court cases

Other

Comment #: CA27037
Rating:2.0
Comments:
He has an abuse of power attitude, does not understand domestic violence or child abuse and should not be running family court. He sided with the men that are the antagonist as well as turns the cheek for white women, but he allows our children of color to be re victimized and traumatized. He does not listen or care about us and only has one scwed view which is a child is property. He just ended up on our case without any knowledge of the history he says to one family oh CPS has no weight in my courtroom to one case then says on another well since all the reporting to CPS are unsubstantiated (that means there is something but not enough evidence)he is disrespectful if you try to speak but he is talking it's like he thinks he is a king. He makes eye gestures with the offending party and threatens the non offending party to cause stress and fear. He is on board with narcissistic abuse. He may have the same tendencies is why he doesn't even see the problem.

Litigant

Comment #: CA25810
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Overall my court experience was very good. It’s important that if you are representing yourself and you can’t afford an attorney go to the Facilitators office. Nudge Dabel wants people to use that free help. He will listen and try to explain the process to you but the facilitator did help. Be ready when your case is called because the hearings move fast and the Judge has many many people to see. Just tell the truth and he will know what to do to help you. The Judge only cares about how the kids are doing not yelling in court and acting crazy.

Litigant

Comment #: CA24232
Rating:10.0
Comments:
10 years and 4 judges later, finally something good could be happening for San Mateo Family Court. Former Family Court judges were burnt out, letting a criminal run games on the system, commit perjury over and over while violating every court order. They had no spine to enforce, truly penalize, or they just didn't give a damn about their job. I was skeptical that Dabel would be different but he cut to the chase, was no nonsense, and firm with the criminal. I suppose it's appropriate they finally assign someone with experience dealing with criminals to clean up the Family Court. It's long overdue and so infested with garbage crooks in disguise that former Family Court judges could not handle.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23624
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Judge Dabel takes the bench unprepared on the facts and the law. He is quick to anger, does not handle is calendar efficiently, and is condescending to attorneys and litigants. He adopts FCS recommendation by rubber stamp.

Litigant

Comment #: CA22704
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Daniel is being indoctrinated by the family law system of abuse and wealth of power in the very small courthouse of San Mateo. The shocking part is that he is commuting these acts, as he’s going to take the fall for those who far deserve harsher punishment. This is not High-school and being pressured to do as his peers direct. Judge Dabel has to own that he willingly signed his name to fraud, with witness testimony. His days are already numbered, but the damage done is immense to many. Peer pressure is sometimes an excuse at 12 years of age; not by Family Court Judges.

Other

Comment #: CA22664
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Judge Dabel clearly hates family, knows little to nothing about it and he is extremely sexist. If a woman goes up against a man, good luck. I have argued many sh**** motions and positions, never having to get fired up. When women argue before I almost laugh to myself a bit, because, the best way to lose with Sean Dabel is to have a woman yelling at him.

Other

Comment #: CA22235
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I have documents of fraud committed by Dabel and confirmed by San Mateo records, and submitted to Appellate Court.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13348
Rating:7.0
Comments:
I have to admit very fair. It has been a 13 year custody battle. He listened and was very fair.