Hon. Judith F. Hayes See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.2 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Judith F. Hayes


Court Staff

Comment #: CA9557
She is against our constitutional rights. Under Oath she takes the big firms side. She is extremely bias and prejudice, by Her standards not the law. She must be removed from our judicial system. She must not be representing our constitutional right in court. She is a disgrace to our founding fathers whom tried to protect our constitutional right. She is very dangerous to be in court and as a judge she had ruined many lives by not even willing to follow the law, she bases everything by what she thinks about the person. She does not look at the evidence and just makes her judgment based on her feelings. She must be removed from the honorable bench of Justice.
We won our case because we were a big firm but she crushed the other side because they were small and defenseless. She did not even look at their evidence.


Comment #: CA8444
I found Judge Judith Hayes to be a wonderful judge. This was my third case serving as a juror and she was, by far, the most compassionate and professional judge I have had the pleasure of interacting with.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5919
Fair and compassionate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4398
Rating:Not Rated
To my regret I did not scan the negative comments below relating to Judge Judy's judging. She is a disgrace to the meaning of the word justice. You are out of your mind if you are a plaintiff in an injury claim against one of the large insurance defense firms. Anyone giving her a positive rating has to be in a large insurance defense firm. I have such a negative feeling towards her that I am constrained to even believe that she favors Catholics. Where can I find the report of the contributors to her re-election as a judge?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4324
This judge is a biased judge who will ruin your trial if she does not like the attorney or the expert; she favors the defense, particularly when she does not think it's a conflict to sit on cases when her own surgeon is the defendant. She sets the stage for failure if she favors the other side, particularly the defense. It's over before it begins. The plaintiff can cross-examine a causation expert that the defense brought down on the phone, even when the defense brings him into court. She gets away with this conduct, and the CIP covers up for her conduct.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2685
I am stunned by the previous comments. Having appeared in Judge Hayes' court many times, I have never seen her be anything but courteous - even when the lawyers are not. She is well prepared for hearings and can be persuaded to flip a tentative with the right argument, but is not afraid to make a tough call, either.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2125
unfortunately in my opinion Judge Hayes is not very intelligent. She does not see the big picture. She is very bias and favors catholics because she is one. She thinks she owns the court room and the court reporter and clerk belong to her individuallylike her servants. She gets emotionally involved with the case. she is not judicial materialand it is my opinion will probably add to the number of san diego judges who eventually get into serious trouble as she cannot help but gossip and what she says gets around . unfortunate but use that challenge


Comment #: CA1755
Judge Hayes, is not entitled to be called a judge, She is so rude to pro personas she should be removed from
office. Anyone with ethics and morals should replace her .She appears to have motives and get persoanl. She shreiks like a nut and is an prime example of a corrupt judge. someone remove her or justice is out the window

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1400
Judge Hayes is evil, bias, corrupt and deceptive judge who does not even have the brains to be in civil. Dummanis should transfer back to criminal where she will at least be with people of her own caliber. she is not fair, not imparitial and certainly has no intelligence. she is dishonest as she hears cases in which she should recuse herself. she had cancer and she did not recuse herself when her own doctor was the defendant. instead she helped her win. She does not like hispanics or solo practitioners. She prefers big firm. Is is concerned about how she looks in her robe and how her platnum hair looks more then she is about justice in her court room. in fact there is not any unless your in her preferential group. Another rubber stamp for the government. totally inappropriate be a judge. something smells about this one

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1115
Having appeared before Judge Hayes in several civil matters I can state that she is a genuine, concerned adjudicator. However, I sense a corporate/insurance company bias and have repeatedly filed peremptory challenges against her because of her pre-disposition towards a corporate outcome. Moreover, the "random" judicial assignments in San Diego County ALWAYS dictate an insurance claim be assigned to Judge Hayes! If you are trying a novel argument or novel COA I would NOT recommend trying it in front of Judge Hayes. If you are in insurance defense, you are in heaven with Judge Hayes. A nice person, but NOT a fair, impartial and intelligent judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA336
Another rubber stamp for the government.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA39
Judith Hayes is a public service oriented judge, as opposed to being a judge because it was a pay raise, or being a judge because of the pay, the robe and the retirement. She is a very kind person, with an apparently genuine love of the scholarship of law. One can not do better than being assigned to Judge Hayes.