Hon. Vincent J. Chiarello See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.7 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Vincent J. Chiarello


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10251
Another Santa Clara COunty judge who consistently fails to provide equal protection for women and children. He took a child from a pro per mom and gave the child to the dad ( with a record ) who drugged , raped and killed the daughter, Chiarello didn't; seem to care. He routinely harms women in rulings and has no financial acumen.


Comment #: CA6060
Witnessed him in court telling prosecutors that it wouldn't matter if a witness was brought in recanting their story, it wouldn't bring the offer down any. A judge's duty is to oversee and apply the appropriate laws, it is not to give his opinion on what the DA should hand out as far as plea bargains. I thought it to be completely unprofessional.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2753
Nice guy. Of course, nobody likes to go before a judge, and at the time I was in his court, I was a scared shitless 18 year old with no prior record accused of petty theft. His Honor simply told me he hoped I never did this again, and gave me a fine of $150 without probation and wished me luck in my future endeavors. : )