Hon. Shelleyanne W. L. Chang See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sacramento County
See Comments

Attorney Average Rating:   4.3 - 10 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 2 rating(s)
Please send me alerts on this judge
E-mail Address:

Add your own rating

E-Mail Address (will not be displayed)
Confirm E-mail Address      

Only items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating.

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)

Please type what you see below:


What others have said about Hon. Shelleyanne W. L. Chang



Comment #: CA10435
She is and her cronies of the Sacramento Superior Court should be investigated for govt waste, and misappropriation of funds.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7929
Basically goes along with the DA on criminal matters. Not well regarded in civil matters.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6108
Bad law and motion judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5311
Defense oriented. A radical in the courtroom. Over and over again she fails to appreciate the nuances of substantive law. Decent on procedure.


Comment #: CA3260
This Judge is disruptive, rules contrary to existing and pertinent laws and demonstrates bias. Luckily her ruling was overturned by the 3rd DCA, but it cost time and money. I then found many rulings from her court that were overturned once on appeal. Case load has nothing to do with it as other Judges have the same work load and seem to get it right. Needs to go.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2838
She is a bean counter trying to be a judge. Lacks the mind for sophisticated issued. Grumpy. Demeaning to all those before her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1918
Judge Chang handles a huge number of law and motion cases every day. Given her work load, she does a very credible job. No judge is going to grant a summary motion judgment and deny a litigant their day in court unless there is clearly no triable issue of fact-and that is rare.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1725
Doesn't want to hear it. Will take things under submission and then reaffirm whatever she was going to say in the first place.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1589
Judge Chang has a practical approach to law and motion, which yields sometimes inconsistent results. Despite this, she is fair and her decisions are supported by the authorities. I think for others to say she has been overruled on appeal "with alarming frequency" is just sour grapes. Find me a judge who hasn't been overturned on appeal, including a judge who hears dozens of motions a week.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1505
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Chang is bright. She is also a nice person. But she will bend over backwards to avoid granting summary judgment. She loves to cite the case that if any fact is included in the separate statement, however incidental, it is therefore material, and any dispute as to it precludes summary judgment. She will also duck deciding tough issues.
Law and motion should be a gate keeping function. Unfortunately, she refuses to recognize this role, and perpetuates litigation.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1226
I agree with these comments, she issued the worst ruling I've ever had on a motion. You win some, you lose some, but you hope the judge at least is in the ballpark and doesn't completely ignore the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1194
It was clearly unfair of the presiding judge to place Judge Chang into Law & Motion, which is a critically important department for civil litigants in Sacramento. She lacks the legal background necessary to function properly in this role (having been only a Public Finance attorney at the AG's Office and one of the prior Gov's legal affairs/policital people). Sadly, she simply has no clue what she is doing and she consistently disrupts the orderly and equitable administration of cases in Sacramento County. It has gotten so bad that some lawyers routinely DQ her, or find other ways of getting around her. Something needs to be done about this Judge. She is simply not qualified.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA601
Not intellectually capable of making consistently correct rulings in complex law and motion matters. Reversed on appeal with alarming frequency.