Hon. William J. Elfving See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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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. William J. Elfving



Comment #: CA23679
He cares more about how he looks to his peers than the people in front of him. should have retired along time ago


Comment #: CA11923
Elfving signed an ex part custody request without the request meeting the rule 5 .151 that govern ex parte custody applications. He cause harm to the custodial parent and the minor child by signing this illegal ex parte

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11673
He does not know what he is doing in the court because he does not know the laws!
What a shame!! We have a stupid judge like him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10642
HE is a copy of judge Kevin E. McKenney, a judicial waste!! He looks awful in the court too.


Comment #: CA10596
I echo!! he DOES NOT WANT TO KNOW LAWS; he just want to be a KING. He ruled that all the questions from CA Form interrogatory from 1.0 to 2.10 are privacy and as plaintiff, am not allowed to request defendants to answer them.
He is a crown and a joker in the court.
What a shame that we have judge like him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9837
This judge is one of the worst in Santa clara county. He does not appeal to know any law at all. He appeals to be polite but in his heart he wants yell and curse. He wants to tell everyone that he is a KING. Get ride of this jerk. Why do we need a jerk sitting in the court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6936
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Elfving is polite, considerate, and intelligent. I wouldn't call him a model jurist, but he's much more tolerable than some of the degenerate incompetents who are on the bench in Santa Clara County. One key note is that Judge Elfving _never_ changes his tentative rulings. There is absolutely no point in contesting them, so don't waste your time. You'd better make sure your moving papers or opposing papers raise all the key issues, because you won't get a second chance. Interestingly, Judge Elfving never looks at you while he's talking, but I don't have a problem with that because I'm usually looking at my notes anyway. It's obvious Judge Elfving is near retirement, which is unfortunate because he's fairly pleasant and reasonable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6506
Judge Elving has reached the point in his career where he obviously does not enjoy his job. His rulings on written motions seem based on research by a minimally qualified research attorney. His rulings on oral matters seem based on the state of the law in 1997, when he last practiced law. He never changes his initial rulings. He makes no outward effort to seem interested in the issues before him. He shows no sign of life on the bench. He does not even look up when speaking or being spoken to. The only time he rouses himself is when he feels he is not being given the respect he believes he is due. He has made a good name for himself in the past, but it is obviously time for him to retire. Santa Clara County needs judges that will at least pretend to care, not crusty white male oligarchs who care for nothing but their inflated self image.


Comment #: CA6056
In my experience at Santa Clara County Superior court - this is one of the few , very few!!! honest, thoughtful, and knowledgeable judges. He uses proven facts to made his decisions, not behind the door agreements, likes/dislikes and other corrupted behavioral patterns. Judge Elfving is the one who gave me hope that justice exists.