Hon. Yvonne Esperanza Campos See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.7 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   8.0 - 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. Yvonne Esperanza Campos



Comment #: CA41013
Rating:Not Rated
She is totally abusive and should be removed for the public good. Her "ruling" was overturned by the Appellate Division after I filed a "Petition for Writ" and she was removed from the case by both me and the Appellate Division. She gave no legal basis for her biased ruling, and when I managed to get a word in to ask the basis of her ruling she snarled, "...the laws of Department 501". She does not make the laws, the legislature does, and she is totally improper and biased. In a case I witnessed, in which a court translator had not shown up for a litigant who was losing his business lease, she said that, regardless of the interpreter or not, her ruling stays the same, so the case is decided regardless of the failure of the court to provide an interpreter, which was so improper I was sick to see that done to the elderly man who just lost his bakery. There is no way the positive reviews on this site are real, in my opinion, after seeing her in action.


Comment #: CA40452
Talks over you. Is determined to rule however she intends to without allowing you or affording you to exercise your rights. She forced a court trial when there was a clear request for a jury trial and refused to hear that one had been requested and entered into the online ROA, twice. Had the ruling not been favorable, an appeal was going to have to be rendered. This judge can rule many different ways and often many of her rulings have been & can be reversed upon appeal.


Comment #: CA22173
she inspired a 60 year old computer programmer, who never was a juror, to be proud of and interested in the our judicial system to the point that I would be enthusiastic about doing it again


Comment #: CA16308
I was a pro-per litigant in this woman's courtroom. I was impressed with her professionalism and honesty. Good heart. Wish more judges like her were on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA15202
Having appeared in front of Judge Campos on a number of occasions, I can honestly say she is one of the brightest and hardest working judges I have encountered. Her background (BA from Stanford, Harvard Law School, former assistant to Janet Reno during the 90s) definitely prepared her for the job. Let's just say you won't slip a quick one by her like some other judges.

She really seems to care about "getting it right," and she appears to adhere to concepts emanating from a legal realism ideology. She sometimes seems to ignore relevant authorities supporting positions she believes would not produce a just result. While that can sometimes be necessary, it also can create some uncertainty when you are appearing in her courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA11946
I have never been in front of a judge who was so biased against a criminal defendant as Judge Campos. She does everything possible to help the prosecution even if it means not following the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2583
I found Judge Campos to be incredibly evenhanded, fairminded and unbiased. She read all of the pleadings and was incredible prepared.
Best Judge in San Diego.