Hon. W. Michael Hayes See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.3 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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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What others have said about Hon. W. Michael Hayes



Comment #: CA17179
He is very RACIST! Why in the hell did they allow this man to be a judge if you already have feedback that he is racist? He does favor white females. I started to walk out of the proceedings because of how he treated me, but I was the Plaintiff. He ended the proceedings by insulting me even more.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14274
Racist; favors younger female counsel; will not allow counsel to present their case as they wish it to be presented; will not give equal time to both parties to present their case; thinks himself smart; in general will not give fair trial. In short, simply awful.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8855
Friendly, respectful, self-effacing demeanor (even though he genuinely thinks he's smart), but genuinely dumb. Particularly biased in favor of law enforcement.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8063
I was very impressed with Judge Hayes. He was diligent about reported sidebars, which is SO important and which too many judges neglect or refuse. He saw through D.A. subterfuge and handled it like the expert he is. (My DA asked to be able to have a witness testify that while she was off the stand overnight, she got telephone calls that "scared her" and she thought they were from my client.
Judge Hayes questioned and realized the witness had NOT answered the calls, and had no idea where they were from, or who they were from.
Hayes is a former officer of he law -- he demanded the DA's office to find out since the number had come up on the witness's caller ID.
It was a county insurance salesperson, and had NO connection to my client.
The DA tried to have the news reporter removed from the trial because he wrote that from opening statements he foresaw an acquittal, and he listed some facts that the DA said were made up.
In fact those facts were listed in the federal filings about the same incident, and were FACTS. The reporter was more up on the case than the DA.
After the case was over, her office had the young reporter fired from the local paper.
Hayes did not play the BS game --
HE was kind to jurors, never let it seem he had a care which side prevailed, and made his rulings on the law - without any bias.
When it came time for the verdict, the alternates requested to stand in the box with the '12' - to deliver the verdict... a full acquittal. Very fair trial. Couldn't ask for more.