Hon. Peter H. Kirwan See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.4 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Peter H. Kirwan



Comment #: CA29852
Judge Kirwan does not read the or understand relevant statutes with the required clarity for being a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23592
Judge Kirwin treats everyone in his courtroom with the utmost respect. He displays outstanding temperament as he allows the parties to make their arguments.

The problem with Judge Kirwin is that he is not a deep thinker, and he is not willing to put in the work necessary to handle sophisticated issues. He admittedly relies on his law clerks, who have little to no experience, to handle complex matters. He is a horrible fit for a busy civil courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14297
He is not a deep thinker and struggles with issues outside his experience. He does not seem to want to put in the work required to understand such issues, and seems to rely on his research attorneys. That makes him a poor fit for the complex litigation department.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12064
Great judge. Smart and fair and works hard.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7774