Hon. Russell L. Hom See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sacramento 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. Russell L. Hom


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA15351
Hom is a DAs advocate no he doesn't take much into consideration when sentencing. Seems bias at times should be a DA not a judge

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11267
Judge Hom has manufactured case outcomes by refusing to allow into evidence admissible documentary evidence of civil liability of defendants. Judge Hom appears to be in the back pocket of insurance companies and medical providers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8154
Criminal defense attorney should never take a suppression motion to this dude he is so pro prosecution it is sickening and he should be off the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7474
I had him as a trial judge. He was pleasant and courteous, giving me latitude with vior dire. My guy was acquitted of the main charge for which the offer was 2 years s/p, but convicted of the lesser-included misto and Hom really hammered him on it at sentencing (no AWP), which I felt in doing so he wrongly incorporated factors in aggravation of which my guy was acquitted. At the SCR level, he doesn't seem to want to make waves with the DA and propose a court offer that significantly differs. However, he does listen and he will give you some traction downward in the offer if you're prepared and have good reasons for the reduction. Overall, I'm glad he's on the bench as there are FAR worse judges out there for the defense.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6931
Not the worse judge on the bench but definitely pro prosecution. Hard to believe he was a defense attorney before ascending to the bench. Easy going and pleasant enough, but you will not get any breaks in his courtroom as a criminal defendant.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA426
A prosecutor's judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA246
With such a temperament and a work ethic one would assume those talents could foster more creativity to listen or consider any argument toward resolution of cases presented by defense. D.A.'s run the show. A D.A. in a robe, but very plesent in the process.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA187
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Hom is very smart. He is a very capable trial judge, and he really knows the law. He also is very pleasant and courteous. But he is averse to crossing the DA, so look for your plea bargains elsewhere.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA178
Spineless. The cost to taxpayers because of the current state of the bench, is enormous. There is no separation of powers, so D.A.'s run rampant - overcharging cases in order to extort pleas to lesser crimes - and insisting on prison commitments for the bargain. This occurs even in the cases where the clients are innocent. Do you know how much money you are spending in order to house a state prisoner who has been sent there for petty crimes, such as petty theft with a petty theft prior (Penal Code 666)? You can thank judicial officers like Hom because he lacks the courage to wear his robe with integrity and wisdom.