Hon. Derek W. Hunt See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.7 - 26 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Derek W. Hunt


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5809
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He may be the worst judge I have encountered in decades of practice and five thousand court appearances, and in my matter with him my client was successful on all counts yet I am compelled to warn against him. He is arrogant and abusive and enamored with his pseudo brilliance which is apparent only to himself. He will take over the case, develop or create immaterial facts, spin them to create a version of the case separate from reality, and then fashion an insipid ruling to apply to his faulty understanding. The lawyers will have little or no involvement as the case is hijacked and efforts to correct his substantial errors will not be well received. A tragedy is that his methodology takes much longer to develop than had he read the pleadings, which in my matter he clearly had not. I would not appear before him again unless I had a bail bondsman at the ready or felt my client's position was so lacking in merit that the client had no chance of success in any other court, so why not take a chance on an alternate reality. Do not appear before him unless there is a court reporter. He is a disaster or horrible injustice waiting to occur. Paper him. Have your hands in your pockets as you do.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5794
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Judge Hunt is the worst judge I have ever come across. He doesn't understand the law and will not listen to you once he takes a position -- even if it is wrong. He frequently makes mistakes in his rulings, which results in parties spending otherwise unnecessary time to correct and/or appeal.

He is now in probate so at least he no longer handles civil case. However, a 170.6 motion is absolutely necessary for this horrible judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5771
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Judge Hunt is one of the most self-righteous, arrogant, and egotistical jurists I have had the displeasure of appearing before. Most troubling, however, is that his sense of self-importance, perhaps the result of his Ivy League education, gives him the notion he is above the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5724
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Hunt does not apply the law to the facts. He is extremely biased and decides who he wants to prevail. He favors Mormons, disfavors Asians, and generally dislikes plaintiffs. In Machiavellian fashion, he plots and plans the manner in which he can accomplish his objective. Litigants that deserve to lose, win. And litigants that deserve to win, lose. He feels slighted for not having been elevated to the court of appeal. To compensate, he has his clerk call counsel to waive oral argument so he can avoid oral argument to prepare orders to accomplish his predetermined results. It is travesty that the judicial system has permitted Judge Hunt to continue presiding over important civil matters. He should be assigned to small claims court where he can pick the winners and losers without regard for the law.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5418
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Ignores or refuses to decide certain issues properly before him. He does not comprehend basic legal issues. A web search of: Derek W. Hunt, Judge. Reversed and remanded (not in quotes) says it all.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5248
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
i agree with the majority of others,
this man is not a judge... he is condescending and appears to be ''arranged'' by big firms for their grunt work of hurting true justice. Beware he only does his homework if he can use it in his personal aggrandizement. Hunt will hurt innocent people to serve his keepers.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4914
Rating:1.3
Comments:
When I was a young lawyer, I had a case in front of him, and there are three things that I remember about Judge Hunt: (1) no hands in pockets (what on earth?); (2) he did not care about lawyers' schedules, and never allowed for continuances, but he always said "go back to your office and make some money" (again, what on earth?). I wanted to say, "You made me drive here to OC because you won't do Court Call, then you kept me here all morning waiting, then you say go back to the office [in L.A.] and earn money?" I hate this guy and I purposely searched him by the search term 'hands in pocket judge,' just so that I could make these spiteful comments about him. He is the worst judge that I have ever been in front of in any state or county and at any level (state or federal), and that's a lot of judges!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4892
Rating:3.4
Comments:
He is a member of the O.C.S.C. Mormon mafia.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4617
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Let me be as level-headed, reasonable and understated as I can:

He’s a preening, right-wing misogynist.

I would not pay this jackass $2 to wash my car.

How he ever got appointed to the bench is a puzzle, but the fact that he is still there is a mystery, wrapped within an enigma, shrouded within a pile of bat guano.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4485
Rating:5.1
Comments:
Judge Hunt is very difficult personally. I tried a two-and-a-half-week jury trial in his courtroom, and it was a very difficult trial. My plaintiff opponent was a flamboyant trial lawyer, with a wealthy client, and they spent almost $1 million in attorneys' fees going after my client. I wanted Judge Hunt on the case because he did a good job of handling the plaintiff's counsel. Nevertheless, it was a very painful trial with many irrational rulings. The plaintiff got a small verdict, but appealed. Judge Hunt was upheld on appeal.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4300
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I have read all of the comments and I find them interesting. This guy wanted to be a judge so he could get that paycheck and pension. He probably failed big time at having his own practice. Most judges are all the same: big losers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4192
Rating:1.5
Comments:
This judge is very biased in favor of any Mormon who appears in his courtroom, and is also very biased in favor of attorneys from big law firms.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3912
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Judge Hunt is a cartoon character. He literally screams at attorneys if they have their hand in their pocket when speaking to him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3624
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Just like all the other reviewers have noted, Judge Hunt is an arrogant jerk. If you have two reasonable parties attempting to litigate a case, this is not the courtroom where you want to do it.

However, in our latest case before him, we were the reasonable party and we were going up an incredibly arrogant defendant (even more so than the judge). If there's one thing Judge Hunt absolutely won't tolerate, it's a litigant who is more arrogant than he is.

Our opponent in a clear breach of contract case (who obviously owed the debt) was trying to stir up doubt before the judge. Hunt was having none of it. After our opponent was slapped down by Judge Hunt for his arrogance in a couple of pre-trial hearings, the defendant agreed to settle with us for the entire amount of principal owed.

So if you have a case against an entirely unreasonable, arrogant opponent, keep it in Hunt's courtroom. Otherwise, paper him and get out.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3462
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Hunt is a maniac. I also think that he makes it a point to harass attorneys that do not have conventional Caucasian names. He doesn't understand basic legal issues -- you can't just dismiss a case when arbitration has been compelled. I recommend disqualifying him if he is assigned to your case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2997
Rating:1.8
Comments:
One of the most condescending, arrogant and disrespectful judges on the bench. Just an absolute tyrant. I can't stand appearing before judges who demean everyone before them, especially attorneys who have been practicing for many years.

The one positive anomaly about judge Hunt is that he has a very pleasant clerk who is actually helpful and friendly. Honestly, most clerks are just horrendous, miserable people in general, but it's more pronounced when the judge for whom they work is a #%@^&&. Judge Hunt's clerk is great, and I hope she continues to keep that attitude.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2898
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Another sicko on the bench. I would not let him pick my lunch, let alone decide a case. Not qualified for small claims court, let alone Superior Court.

Other

Comment #: CA2866
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I was called for jury duty and he was so rude to me personally in court - he embarrassed me because I could not serve more than 10 days - it was unacceptable and he should be taken off the bench - we should be more respected as jury members since we are taking our time to serve and our employers are paying for us to serve - unacceptable behavior and very rude - treated people like children - it will make me think twice about wanting to serve on a jury - the comments below are very accurate. He will not get my vote if he is ever up for reelection.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2581
Rating:2.3
Comments:
This must be the worst Judge I have ever seen. No one will submit to him. Why he hasn't been fired only demonstrates you can't get rid of a government employee. A total weird-o on top of everything else. Stay away at all costs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2576
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Paper him. He is arbitrary in his rulings and refuses to provide a basis for his decisions when asked to do so. The rules of evidence are apparently irrelevant to him.

Other

Comment #: CA2445
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge talks down to the jury pool, makes fun of them, yells at them, and then tries to be cute and funny and expects them to laugh at his lame jokes. Judge Hunt, pick a lane...and pick a personality. You can't be good judge and bad judge at the same time.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2268
Rating:2.2
Comments:
These ratings come from multiple contacts with Judge Hunt by firm members. Putting aside his disrespectful attitude and lack of professionalism is the more significant issue-what he dispenses is not justice.
It is injustice borne of arrogance and ignorance. He needs to be off the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2116
Rating:2.0
Comments:
The most arrogant smart mouth
disrespectable Judge I have ever appeared in front of. He screamed at my witness/client because she was VN and did not understand some of the questions, he was such an ass. Paper him it will be the best move you can make for your client, and he was wrong on the law, even though he thinks he is some great legal mind. He should NOT be on the bench. At the next election am running against him, my campain will be "just speak to Judge Hunt" that will get me elected!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1880
Rating:3.0
Comments:
This judge likes to intimidate attorneys. He must have some kind of neurotic picadillo against people who put their hands in their pockets. If you do that, the entire hearing comes to a screeching halt, so that the judge can spend the next 10 minutes lambasting the poor guy who violated this unwritten rule in his courtroom. Of course, all legal analysis also comes to a screeching halt at that point as well. The basic problem is that this judge lacks any sense of "judicial temperamnt" or evenhandedness. He should not be on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1867
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Don't burn your 170.6 if you get another judge for you may end up with Hunt and no way out. His courtroom is like a ghost town because no one wants to be subjected to his pompous, arrogant demeanor. Unfortunately, I didn't do my homework and got stuck with him. Fortunately, he made the most inane ruling on a dispositive motion and I took him up and won my appeal and was able to finally rid myself of Judge Hunt.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1710
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Pompous, supercilious, arrogant. Thinks he's absolutely brilliant and never tires of letting everyone before him know it. Prefers disposing of cases and issues on technicalities which he thinks he understands rather than substantive issues that it is apparent he cannot really grasp.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1365
Rating:5.4
Comments:
Appears to be an intelligent judge but I couldn't explain the case to him, even though both myself and opposing counsel agreed about the issues. He'd immediately cut us off. Unnecessarily rude and difficult. He got fixated on case management issues, didn't do anything but ask you case management questions and then make you answer him. Then he ended the hearing. I think opposing counsel's comment on the way to the elevator what that once he got on the bench he lost his marbles.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1363
Rating:3.0
Comments:
His courtroom is always available for trial because everybody - Plaintiffs and Defendants - 170.6 him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1248
Rating:3.8
Comments:
Judge Hunt is a tyrant in the coutroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA541
Rating:3.6
Comments:
Very arrogant and pompous. Definitely defense-oriented in civil matters. I've seen him hammered a few times in appellate opinions for abuse of discretion.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA444
Rating:7.1
Comments:
Odd man. Sounds smart but is totally impractical in law and motion. Makes practicing harder than it needs to be. Can't think outside of the box.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA355
Rating:3.3
Comments:
As for criminal cases, the DDA's in West Court papered him so much he was sent back to civil. Maybe this is too bad, because he is a pain in civil.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA20
Rating:4.1
Comments:
Pompous -- he likes to hear himself pontificate. Belittles attorneys. Intelligent, but not as smart as he thinks he is.