Hon. Christopher R. Bowen See Rating Details
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.3 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Christopher R. Bowen



Comment #: CA9607
Rating:Not Rated
I've been in front of judge Bowen on at least four occasions and have been denied even supervised visitation each time. My son's mother's brother is a member of the bar association as is judge Bowen, that seems like a conflict of interest to me. Bowen allowed libelous, defamatory statements against me, even though I showed they were false. He allowed slander against me and allowed perjury from my son's mother and her attorney who both made false statements on sworn affidavits in violation on California state law. I filed an 18 page brief with cites and sources and he refused to even read them. Bowen has no concern what so ever in regards to the best interests of children, he only cares about his own interests and the interests of the barred attorneys he supports.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6637
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Bowen did not require a well check, and will not give the address to the mom. He took the 2 year old daughter from mom who had custody of the child since birth. The father never wanted the child and wanted her to have an abortion. He gave custody to her without allowing her to say goodbye. The father showed up to the daughters schools with police. He has made false health checks. The father's sister in law works for Contra Costa County, and they are all in this together. We complained and during the case someone told him that we complained and he said that he would give full custody to father because of our complaints.


Comment #: CA6635
This judge gave one month custody to a father that is abusive, does drugs and carry a gun. He hates women and sides on the side of the father, even if they are sexual or physically abusive.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6136
Will see in January if Bowen will have the capability of seeing through an abusive -documented-lying--documented--court player who never wanted to be a full-time dad but now using children as pawns.


Comment #: CA6097
Rating:Not Rated
I would suggest the poster on 10/24 read about Fannin. This whole court system is a complete JOKE. Evidence is not even read. Drug test results are not even factored into decisions!!
Lisa Radcliffe a top WC lawyer. Stacy Stevens will win. Pfeiffer Law? Good luck


Comment #: CA5992
I have now appeared before Judge Bowen twice, each time he has ruled against me. This time I filed an 18 page brief that he refused to even read, the respondent has made false statements under oath and committed libel against me yet the judge refuses to acknowledge that but will rule against me after rolling his eyes at me three times, as noted by eye witnesses. Even though I did everything the courts ordered I was still denied supervised visitation. The respondent had an attorney I did not and the mediators refused to accept documentation from me but accepted documentation from the mother which had not been filed with the courts and is possibly altered or a forgery based on evidence I submitted to the court which the unhonorable Bowen refused to even read. I received the mediators reports just 5 days before the court hearing, in that time I formulated an 18 page response, including evidence, and Bowen simply refused to read them. Apparently it is ok for the courts to give you documents late but can't extend you the same courtesy when it is your child and his life and his future at stake. The more research I do the more I find that I am certainly no exception to the abuse by this kangaroo court and this judge who orders a disabled veteran to pay 20% of his income for a frivolous drug test based on false accusations but wont order a mother to fill out a piece of paper so that our son can get benefits he is entitled to. He won't read what I submit but will read a bogus, biased mediators report and even rule in favor of the mediators report when the mediators office can not even follow its own rules and procedures. If anyone reads this please help, I feel like Elkins in Elkins vs Contra Costa Superior Courts and I need help. I am afraid my son is being abused I have stated this to mediators and in court documents and no one will take action to protect my son and if I do I will go to jail but all Bowen cares about is being right not doing what is in the best interest of your, or my, or any child.