Hon. Phyllis J. Hamilton See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
N.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:3.6 - 14 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Phyllis J. Hamilton


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21687
Rating:2.8
Comments:
She is very pro-government, and has little grasp on evidence, procedure, or the applicable law. Other than those points, she is a good judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21281
Rating:2.8
Comments:
She is biased against civil plaintiffs, writes results-driven decisions that ignore the governing law, and has seemed grumpy and ill-tempered every time I've appeared in her court. In the Northern District of California, she's not a good draw.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19464
Rating:3.2
Comments:
Remarkably incompetent.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13520
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A really fine judge, but she doesn't like bogus civil rights cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12509
Rating:2.3
Comments:
she make order dismissing my case while the case on pending appeal
This was after she erroneously dimissing my case and the case was heading to appeal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10245
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Blatantly pro-government in civil rights cases. She announced at our first case management conference that she "did not like our case" and then proved it by siding with the government on every issue. She completely ignored the evidence we presented at trial and found in favor of the government in total controversion of the applicable law. She is devoid of humor, not very intelligent and has a nasty temperament. I would have given her a zero if I could.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9288
Rating:2.8
Comments:
If the government is a party to one's case, forget about it - she is totally biased in favor of government whether it be at the municipal or federal level. I am equally appalled at her lack of scholarship.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8508
Rating:3.0
Comments:
She is a judge of rather limnited intelligence, devoid of compassion,who seeks to make up for these inherent disadvantages by vindicitvely emphasizing form over substance.

She also appears not to hire clerks with any substantial abilities in legal scholarship, having based a key portion of a ruling on a Ninth Circuit decision that had been withdrawn after a grant of en banc review.

She appears totally pro-government, and is unlikely to grant any motion or request which the prosecution opposes.

A VERY bad draw to say the least.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8232
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Mean, nasty and not that bright. Vindictive as all get out. This is a very unpleasant person who has let being a judge go to her little head.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6500
Rating:4.3
Comments:
A very dangerous judge. However, if the other side is sloppy and you are very, very careful, being assigned to Judge Hamilton may be an advantage.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6272
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This is the most ill-tempered judge I have ever encountered.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4759
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Judge Hamilton is an absolute stickler for the rules, to the point of form over substance. She will penalize you for having your footnotes in 10-point font instead of the required 12-point. She also demonstrates a blatant pro-big business bias, and a pro-defense bias in civil rights cases. She tends to take motions under submission rather than having oral argument and refers motions to magistrates for report and recommendation when she can.