Hon. R. Paul Kawai See Rating Details
Superior Court
Ventura County
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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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What others have said about Hon. R. Paul Kawai


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA46503
Commissioner Kawai is in 10 now. I note he is punctual, super efficient, fair, and pleasant. Great place for him before he is elevated to a criminal trial courtroom.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA42475
Rating:Not Rated
Dear Private,

What you describe shows a continuation of a pattern in Ventura County of conservative judges siding with criminal defendants in civil matters, as if the burden of proof were beyond a reasonable doubt instead of a preponderance of the evidence, simply because one party is accused of criminal activity.

Judges in Ventura have ignored substantial evidence against abusers, even medical evidence of physical injury. These judges need to be opposed as the scoundrels that they are.

These judges are forgetting the impact on real victims, who are made to pay their perpetrators tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees after their wrongful decisions. Judge Kawai is exactly the reason so many fear law enforcement and the judicial system, resulting in criminals having free reign and victims being hesitant to report what happened to them.

Very Truly,

Ventura County's Radiant Truth

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA42458
Biased against males in DV matters. Moving party was in custody and Kawai still granted her requests. When a party is calling into court from jail, they should not be allowed to continue manipulating the judicial process. Kawai wake up.