Hon. Brenda Fay Harbin-Forte See Rating Details
Superior Court
Alameda County
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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. Brenda Fay Harbin-Forte


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6288
Rating:Not Rated
There is a reason why the driver's door of her car is painted a different color from the rest of her car. That's so she knows where to get in. Definitely one of the stupidist judges on the face of the planet...


Comment #: CA4520
I am an African-American male. This judge is spiteful and ignorant. She asked my wife to speak on legal writings that we filed pertaining to our son's innocence. Our son was 13 years old, and riding his bike with other kids. One of his friends (not our son) took a hat and a bus pass from another kid. Because our son was riding with the group, our son was stopped and arrested for...strong-armed robbery? The little boy who was the victim even said that my son did nothing to him. But according to African-American treatment and perception, he was just as guilty as the actual perpetrator of the crime. As parents, we began to study the law in search of justice. Pursuant to that, we developed a written rebuttal and submitted it in accordance with the law. Prior to the judge's questions, sherrifs began chaining up the doors. Judge Forte then said: "OK, is there anything that the parents would like to say?" My wife said: "Yes," in accordance with the law...and Judge Forte interrupted and told them to lock us up! And me and my wife were thrown in jail and had to make bail, for no reason at all. Later we appeared in court and no further action was taken. The only reason why we didn't pursue her judicial violations is because she is a black judge, and we did not want to make a negative mark on the career of a black woman succeeding in a field where the odds are already stacked against the black race, male or female. Nevertheless, as a judge, she falls very short in her performance as it relates to her judicial interpretation of crime and punishment.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4431
Only the public sector would allow such a myopic and mean-spirited person to have such a free and unquestioned reign over making people miserable on a daily basis. She's got a serious chip on her shoulder.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3418
Not an intellectual heavy-weight; petty; tardy; non-collegial; arrogant. Still cannot believe she was appointed to the bench.


Comment #: CA2346
This is a judicial error judge. Serious continued discrimination to disability individuals. Denial of Certified Copies of records, discrimination as to trial conduct and limiting trial to 3 hours then conducting a 5 day trial sessions denying Plaintiff due process. Negating 24 trial sub documents and speaking for the plaintiff & Defendants in hearings, CMCs and Trial sessions resulting in NO trial and refusal of new trial petitions. Permitting attorney recitals and eliminating evidence testimony and documents. Judicial error filings are abundant. Case RG07315751. Disassociation with Attorney Error and failure to generate Judgment documents in favor of the Plaintiff.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1790
Petty, peevish, mean and a bully.

Actually will find a way to rule against you even when she's rejected all the arguments by the other side; she just enjoys sticking her thumb in someone's eye.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1782
A truly awful judge, one of the worst in Alameda County.