Hon. Charles B. Burch See Rating Details
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.3 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 9 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. Charles B. Burch



Comment #: CA6708
I had the privilege of sitting for 6 weeks in the Honorable Charles Burch's courtroom as I did my civic duty. Judge Charles Burch had complete control of his courtroom at all times, was highly professional, kept the attorneys in line, was able to explicitly explain difficult concepts to us, was kind yet stern, and his dry sense of humor throughout a very difficult process made the 6 weeks bearable.

I feel very lucky to have been in his courtroom for this time.


Comment #: CA5831
I witnessed firsthand the ineptitude of his court in a murder trial. he most certainly was biased towards minorities, allowing clear hearsay testimony in, and otherwise failing to uphold his own standard when it comes to theadmission of evidence. instructions to the jury were cut and pasted and so incomplete its a wonder the case hasn't come back yet. keep it up my sis what is wrong with our judicial system right now and should be removed.


Comment #: CA4778
Not only does this judge exemplify someone who is well-versed in all facets of the law, he genuinely takes time to hear all sides of the case and make decisions based on fact and reason, rather than emotion. His extreme intelligence is obvious in his personal research.


Comment #: CA4377
This judge needs to be removed. He is the worst manager of any courtroom proceeding that I have ever seen. He is totally uninterested in what is best for the kids. A complete nut job.


Comment #: CA4361
In the guardianship case of minor child A.Z., Judge Burch allowed the child to be returned to the parents before drug testing results were submitted to the court. He never enforced his own ruling regarding drug testing, and the results of the drug test were never submitted to the court. The parents had a history of criminal behavior that included domestic violence, felony drug use and sales, and child molestation. The child had been with the guardian for over five years, and was taken from the guardian against both the child's and the guardian's wishes. A year and a half later the child is still hoping to be returned to the guardian.


Comment #: CA3722
Burch made a joke about domestic violence ("Oh, I see no one has any bruises -- that's a start!) when coming back to court after a conference between my ex and our lawyers. Mind you, this is a case in which there was a restraining order being debated because of domestic violence.

This judge talks more than any other person in the room, including the lawyers. His written, legal documents are so badly cut and pasted, that often it is entirely obvious he is not paying attention to, or reviewing what he has written.

He ignores factual, submitted evidence to suit his needs and should never be allowed to determine the fate of any child.


Comment #: CA3000
Extremly insensitive and uncaring sbould not be allowed to decide the fate of children. Is biased against women and minoritys. Has not kept up with the rules of the court and his rulings are whatever strikes his fancy at that time. Twists facts to fit the outcome he wants. Does not enforce his own orders. Likes to hear the sound of his own voice with lengthy time wasting conversations he has with himself. Is unconcerned with the impact his decisions have on the partys in his court. The reasoning behind his decisions are silly, immature, and embarrassing. His logic is that of a child. I am embarrssed to have him sitting in our Superior Court and angry that he thinks we the people don't deserve better.


Comment #: CA2701
Has not kept up with current laws. His thinking is outdated which makes him appear foolish and dangerous.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2414
Judicial activism at its worst. Either unable to comprehend issues or arrogant to the point of disregard for case law, statutes, and facts. Nice guy, terrible judge.


Comment #: CA1723
He didn't understand the entire case.