Hon. Susanne M. Fenstermacher See Rating Details
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.1 - 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. Susanne M. Fenstermacher



Comment #: CA7032
Rating:Not Rated
She is a bad judge who abuses her powers

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6428
This judge is outrageous. She was removed from the family law division of Contra Costa because she was so incredibly biased. Multiple complaints were filed with the Commission for Judicial Performance. She intentionally miscalculated one litigants support order to the tune of $40,000 per year greater than it should have been. This cannot have been on accident. This has been used as a tactic to cruch one of the litigants on behalf of a favored party. She also toook away custody from a parent in a closed session hearing with no evidence to back it at all. Scrutunize her every move, she can stab you in the back when you are not looking!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3191
Absolutely wonderful human being. She cannot, however, separate her personal feelings about equity from the outcome, which makes her very result oriented.