Hon. Susan Bernardini See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 8 rating(s)
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* 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. Susan Bernardini


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6933
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I presented a domestic violence trial on behalf of the defendant in front of Judge Bernardini in 2014. From the beginning, it was obvious that Judge Bernardini had prejudged the case and was going to find against my client. She hurried us more than was appropriate, asked numerous questions favorable to the plaintiff, permitted adoptive testimony (i.e. plaintiff was allowed to testify that everything in a prepared written statement was true, instead of testifying about each fact), smirked at various points in the trial, made snide comments, disregarded competent witness testimony while crediting vague testimony favorable to the plaintiff, admitted evidence not previously disclosed to my client, and made further express findings that my client was a serial domestic abuser and therefore would lose custody of his son without a separate child custody trial. This all occurred in a half-day trial. The worst part was that before trial, there was a settlement proposal acceptable to both sides, which Judge Bernardini indicated she would never approve. As a result, we had to go to trial. Because of the horrific loss, my client ended up firing me and was left to fend for himself in further proceedings with Judge Bernardini. Judge Bernardini, herself apparently divorced multiple times, is biased and should not be on the family law bench. Her actions caused a loving father to lose custody of his son because Judge Bernardini was in such a hurry to convict him of domestic violence.

Other

Comment #: CA6830
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Bernadini has probably destroy more families than any other judge, judges by feeling but no facts, does"t review respondant's anwers until hearing. no one deserve to be thread it disrespecfully.

Litigant

Comment #: CA6344
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Hon.Bernardini has committed too many civil rights violations to mention. Her misuse of judicial power is devastating. Her misalignment with the law has directly led to my losing years with my children.

A lot is going to turn on whether Judge Bernardini intentionally ignored the law. Because I believe the transcripts show that she did, I am preparing motions requesting state and federal investigations.

Everyone makes mistakes. But when a judge intentionally ignores the law, and when this results in children being cut of from one of their parents for years - all of this in the name of "the best interests of the child - a lot of issues are implicated, including the possible loss of judicial immunity and even criminal misconduct.

I have already written two 60-page essays recounting her misconduct. Another is on the way.

Because no one with power is completely unbiased, mistakes happen; it's part of life. But when the most highly-protected civil right is violated by the highest civil authority, then action needs to be taken. If you have court documents implicating judicial misconduct - and if you would like to participate in making this judge accountable - you can contact me at the following email address: MyDadIsALion@gmail.com.

Litigant

Comment #: CA6304
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Incapable of supporting the U.S. Constitution.

Other

Comment #: CA5339
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is sexist and failed to uphold numerous state and federal laws including her own.

Other

Comment #: CA4141
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is extremely biased. She is extremely sexist -- sorry guys, but if you end up in a custody battle with this judge you are assured to lose. She clearly had made her decision before hearing the case and denied us our right to defend our case -- the evidence that we had, she rejected.

Litigant

Comment #: CA3434
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is a despicable person. She's very misandrist and seems to have no concept of justice. She should be tried for what she is doing to people in her court. One of her most egregious violation is misusing the ETG alcohol test at a level 10 times lower than is legally permissable, using judicial discretion to force those who she wants to fail to take it. She doesn't seem to have an elementary school education. Hopefully she will pay for her crimes.

Other

Comment #: CA2457
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This is a wonderful Judge. Honorable Susan Bernardini made a impact on my Daughter's life when she presided over her custody case in 2006. She has never forgotten her and I just wish we had more judges who put careful thought into their cases and who truly cares like she does. Thank You your Honor!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2084
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
im really messing up on this spelling .i did it again oh well you get the truth,even if it is mispelled

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2083
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
remeber change of venueif you get this judge and beware of these names, nicole buneo mediator, constace l carpenter, jeffery j preffer,famli9y cout in general, they are profiting off are kids,sadness and are breaking the american family apart for profit , how sick how do they sleep at night, the marine

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2082
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
i hope you over look the spelling and read the meaning forgive spelling should of proff read it was to much in hurry to post forgive me comment#ca2081 review the marine not a lawyer

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2081
Rating:1.0
Comments:
for give my spelling i was into letting every one know about this judge

Other

Comment #: CA2080
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
i was in susan bernadino court for 2years i was ordered to do a evauation that the court appointed lawyer and my exwife attorney constance carpenter that knows suasan bernadino well,pick the evauator, once i was thru and came thru with flieing colors, she did still not let me see my son, she passed the case on to another judge so she woulkd not have to continue to viokate my rights i guess her fun of dolig it was over for her, its not over for me i am going to sue her for the violation of my civil rights ,and human rights ,if you go up against constance carpenter the snake and jeffery j preffer the perjure and she the judge cahange of venue is you only chance, i am asking for a federal investigation in to her cases my email is farrisjohnson400@gmail.com if you have had the nightmare of here being your judge, how many more familys must she destroy untill the federal goverment steps in, i pray to God ut soon,why are soldiers die ,become mained, for others rights she violating ares every day that is ilegal even for a judge,feds please investigate her down to her minutes

Other

Comment #: CA1586
Rating:1.0
Comments:
These are my opinions and experiences of Judge Bernardini. She violates fundamental rights.
Honestly I think she has No idea what the Constitution is about! Don't let that old outdated paper get in her way!
She is an activist judge and hates men
Fails to provide "Due Process".
Fails to review documents like Income and Expense FL150.
Fails to make logical decisions. More so emotion ego decision making.
Jumps to conclusions and fails to let people speak. Often only letting one party speak.
She likes to force people in to her expensive re-education classes and then say its in the best interest of the child when its not. Does not care about anyone but her self and ego. Her first words to the parties are
I don't care about either one of you just the child. What this means is you have no civil rights and I will order by my feelings. Most likely she will financially destroy one of the childs homes if a custody case! Remember she does not review documents (order by feelings) and makes you wonder why fill them out!
Makes you wonder why there is a court when this judge could have had court over the phone like a physic hot line.