Hon. Tara M. Flanagan See Rating Details
Superior Court
Alameda County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.4 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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 #: CA6663
I found Judge Flanigan to be VERY even handed and fair. I am in fact, completely mystified by the critical reviews listed here on this site? I think Homophobia may be the reason behind the negative reviews as she is an out "Lesbian" judge and some people think that is synonymous with man-hater ... which is not the case.
she is fair and It is obvious she keeps the children's best interest in mind at all times.


Comment #: CA6278
From the first time appearing in front of her. She clearly hates men, and especially men of color. She told me to shut up, would not listen to factual evidence, clearly does not read the filing before the case. Has a drill sergeant mentality, and has gone as far as to tell one female defendant "It doesn't take two days to have a baby or be in labor". She has placed a 13yr girl back in the home of a pedophilia, and won't allow the father any contact for a year. This father has done everything to keep his daughter safe, but due to Flanagans bias of men. She doesn't have any regards to the safety of the children.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6275
Chronically late starting. Drill sergeant mentality. Delusions of grandeur on the bench, forcing everyone to stand, calls opposing counsel "learned counsel." Although she starts late,she still has not read the pleadings. Attacks anyone who disagrees with her uninformed pronouncements.


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.