Hon. Colleen K. Sterne See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Barbara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.1 - 4 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Colleen K. Sterne


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15320
Among the worst judges I have ever appeared before. Having had to take over several matters previously handled by other lawyers in our firm, the enjoyment of the drive to Santa Barbara has been ruined not only because of this judge's extraordinary ineptness, refusal to prepare in advance of hearings, consistent lack of knowledge of the law and complete disregard of the evidence code, being forced to sit through and listen to her attempt to handle the many other cases on calendar, it is very hard to sit still without standing up and yelling "are you kidding?" it's appalling and wrong for a person with such a limited intellect and such disregard for those who has the misfortune of appearing before her, to be subject to rulings that have such incredibly devastating impact. This is a person who should never have made it past the interview process. She is an abomination.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15308
Likely the laziest, most incompetent, embarrassingly ill-equipped, disaster of a jurist within the state. When challenged she becomes vindictive, retaliatory and exceedingly full of herself. She insists on referring to herself in the third person, as if she were the Queen of some mythical land of unicorns and wizards, over which she lords her omnipotent birth right. Avoid at all costs.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA13900
This is one of the best judges I have ever dealt with in over 35 years as an attorney. Extremely thorough. She writes 14-15 page tentatives so even if you lose you know why. I lost the case on MSJ but she was so well-reasoned that it is hard to find fault. She follows the law which is all you can ask for in a good judge!


Comment #: CA10510
Colleen Sterne's court transcripts are not thorough nor accurate, sometimes there are none. She seems prejudiced and biased right away for the plaintiff whose petitions are totally fallacious with no basis. She doesn't even read the answers to the petitions or the MD reports assuring the healthy 90 yo defendant needs no medications. Didn't even let the defendant's lawyers speak or present MD witness. Judge's bailiff falsely charged me in the Superior Court with filing a false police report after I was physically attacked by the petitioner in the courtroom (who I had never seen before) as I was caregiving his 90 yo mom he was suing! The Judge lied saying she was sending the healthy 90 yo woman to visit her grandkids but actually let the petitioner institutionalize his mom against her will without any cause or fair hearing by forcing her to a doctor who drugged her! What a travesty of justice and the Judge was rude and totally disrespectful to the 90 yo.stripping her of all her rights even though the 90 yo told her she didn't need any medication and wanted to live in her home with her son and me the caregiver, which was not even in the transcripts!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10019
very unimpressive, okay as a settlement judge.