Hon. Vincent J. Chiarello See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.5 - 6 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. Vincent J. Chiarello



Comment #: CA19423
Rating:Not Rated
This judge should have been held accountable for young Alycia Mesiti-Allen's sexual torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, and the US' definition of torture as well, "Cruel and Unusual" -- estranging her from the protective mother who loved her and feared for her life!! Put him in prison and let the inmates take care of him PLEASE.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12625
you need to be charged with accessory to a murder with regard to ALYCIA MESITI-ALLEN.

y-o-u gave her to a drug addict murderer. you did this. where was your brain and heart on that judgement day???

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12135
Heard about this judge's decision to place a child away from her mother and with a straight up criminal child predator! The father drugged and raped his daughter and killed her and buried her body in his back yard. Judge's should do better for kids safety in family court. This broke my heart! Shame on that judge for siding with t he criminal father over her mother and look what happened a pure evil tragedy!


Comment #: CA11992
Below 0, as a judge and a human being. My family, and especially my niece are still living through hell because he negligently and indifferently sent 2 children to live with their substance-abusing, convicted felon, and perpetrator of Domestic violence "father," who finally peaded guilty on Oct. 3 to murdering our beloved Alycia in 2006. This judge should never again be allowed to make a life-impacting decision for any child or abused parent.


Comment #: CA11982
Rating:Not Rated
What a useless judge to give custody of a girl to a drug dealing, child pornographer

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. : )