Hon. David A. Cena See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.2 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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. David A. Cena


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA46810
The epitome of judicial temperament, Judge Cena may be the best judge I have ever met. He is thoughtful, reasonable, and a friend to all. Even if he doesn't agree with you, he is considerate of both sides and always fair. Judge Cena is so impressive that he restores your confidence in the judicial system, giving you faith that it still works. I have never seem him react in anger toward anyone, even when tempers flair, which can be a daily challenge for some in this business. If all judges were more like him, the world would be a better place.


Comment #: CA38731
This Judge should retire as his views and understanding of the law are extremely outdated and he shows no intention of making efforts to refresh himself on current law and practices. He gives all deference to Prosecution and has no regard for clients or counsel of color.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA29645
Should not be on the bench...a judge who takes everything into chambers so nothing can be recorded against him should not be practicing at courts in a democracy. Do away with him; he is too old to remember anything anyways and acts like a clown. Do away with him!


Comment #: CA14912
Worst judge ever. Bigot, sides with people of white color and the government. Arrogant and condescending and have no respect whatsoever for justice or anybody in his courtroom. Loves himself and justice is not something he seeks, only his own interests.