Hon. Deborah L. Barnes See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
E.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:1.1 - 3 rating(s)
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*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)
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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 33693
Rating:1.0
Comments:
One of the worst magistrates I have ever encountered: biased (friendly to defense counsel representing sheriff's department; hostile to civil litigators challenging excessive force); ignorant of basic principles of protective orders.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 33578
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very ill-informed on law. Inclined to shoot from the hip. Disrespectful to counsel with whom she disagrees. Displays obvious bias toward government and law enforcement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 33004
Rating:1.3
Comments:
The Eastern District has long had a collegial bench, including magistrates. With this collegiality came even-handedness, civility, and excellent interactions with counsel and litigants that reflect the centrality of the rule of law in our society. I am disappointed to report that in Magistrate Barnes' case, the District appears to have made a poor choice. While not all magistrate candidates with largely administrative law or agency-related resumes should be excluded from consideration, that type of resume should be the basis for extreme caution in the selection. An administrative resume means little to no actual trial and trial-related experience, meaning poor command of the rules of evidence and procedure, and an even poorer understanding of their application. Trial attorneys gain instincts that age well with experience. By contrast, attorneys with little to no trial experience make for poor judges and magistrates.