Hon. Mark S. Borrell See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Ventura County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.8 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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)
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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12899
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Borrell is no good for the people. He is only for himself!

Litigant

Comment #: CA12898
Rating:1.0
Comments:
VERY POOR JUDGE IN MANY WAYS.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12811
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A judge who is very knowledgeable, polite, controls the courtroom, and who follows the law. I don't understand the comments below about him prejudging a case and of not listening even handedly to both sides of an argument; I found the exact opposite. He was meticulously fair. He was also polite, I saw no sign of rudeness. I do see that it would be a mistake to interrupt him when he is speaking, but a good trial lawyer lets the Judge finish and does not interrupt her or him, that would be a pointer that I can offer to another lawyer before Judge Borrell. I would not hesitate to take either side of a real property dispute before this Judge (my firm does real property-civil)

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12266
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Borrel is a the worst judge ever. It is obvious that he is not interested in all the "important facts" about a case. He goes into court with a predetermined ruling. I've seen him in both criminal and civil. In addition he does not understand easement language or easement law. If Ventura County was not short handed on judges he would be nothing more than a clerk. Someone please get him out of the courtroom ASAP!

Other

Comment #: CA11916
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Excellent judge!

Other

Comment #: CA11915
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Borrell is very knowledgeable and professional. He is fair and thorough.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11879
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Mark Borrell has no or little knowledge or understanding of easements and property owner’s rights. In my case he chose not to hear all the facts in my case in defending my property rights against SCE Southern California Edison trying to acquire more access through my property. He ended ruling in SCE favor by giving them road easements through my property. From the first day in court he told my defense that he would not allow evidence on how SCE accessed the poles in past years if the evidence involved the neighboring properties (BIG MISTAKE Borrel). This was a major error on his part and in the end he ended up ruling in SCE favor. He never got the full picture that SCE has accessed the poles with better, safer and more direct routes through a large open space property, he chose to cut the testimony short and rule in a way that over burdens my property. Judge Borrel should not be allowed to hear civil cases involving property rights and easements. He may or may not be a good Criminal Court Judge, but sure he really failed in this case!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11189
Rating:4.9
Comments:
Judge Borrell is very smart, but still not as smart as he thinks he is. No one is as smart as he thinks he is. But my main problem with him is that he prejudges the cases. He makes up his mind before hearing any evidence and then bends over backwards to come up with a ruling/opinion that gets the result he predetermined, based on his own motivations; not the law. Plus, he is extremely short-tempered and I have observed him frequently be mean to people (parties and attorneys) from the bench, which has actually embarrassed me as an officer of the court. I hope someone runs against Judge Borrell and wins. He is no bueno for Ventura County.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9707
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge pretends he is some kind of expert on whatever subject comes up -- but he is just a dangerous, arrogant ignoramus. He is the epitome of self-aggrandized and will act "as if" he is knowledgeable in whatever effort he can make to harm an accused person -- whether the evidence exonerates them or not. Its sad to see someone like this on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4628
Rating:1.8
Comments:
He is not a sharp judge. He doesn't listen to the case. He is not knowledgeable, and he is very short with people.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4087
Rating:8.5
Comments:
Paid close attention to all the arguments and the evidence, and correctly applied the applicable law.