Hon. Tara M. Flanagan See Rating Details
Superior Court
Alameda County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Tara M. Flanagan



Comment #: CA5400
Strong judicial bias. Easily agitated and will not listen to argument, no matter how important, once provoked. Will rule arbitrarily without regard to reports from court recommended counselors. Often shortsighted in rulings made to punish those who anger her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5050
As an attorney, I was appalled when I appeared before this judge. In my close to 20 years of practicing law, this is by far the worst judge I have ever appeared in front of. She does not read pleadings, does not allow parties to speak, clearly hates men and in general treated many people in the courtroom with zero respect.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4563
I appeared before her for the first time last week, and my impression of her was not good. While I was trying to clarify a visitation scheduling problem that my client had, she as much as told me to "shut up." She acts like she's a drill sergeant and the courtroom is her boot camp. She has zero judicial temperament and zero flexibility. Unless I see some change in her judicial demeanor going forward, I will 170.6 her every time in the future. There's no excuse for a judge to be so rude to litigants and counsel. (Google her to find out more of her background. It's interesting.)

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3936
Very opinionated without knowledge of the case; interprets disagreement as a personal attack. Disrespectful towards counsel. Inflexible in scheduling, unwilling to accomodate attorney unavailability.