Hon. Brian F. Haynes See Rating Details
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.5 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 1 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Brian F. Haynes



Comment #: CA12822
I accompanied my son to his first custody appointment in front of judge haynes. We were the last case and I had the privilege of watching all the others before us. In each case he displayed patience, kindness and wisdo. My son and I are convinced that had he not taken the time to speak from his heart to him and his son's mother, the outcome would have been bad. Even though our case is intricate and will require time to settle, we get to see our little boy. Thank you "bald stranger"!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12011
Great at fairness. Poor on knowledge of California statue regarding search warrants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10793
This judge has the best temperament of any judge I've been in front of. Very even-keeled. Like many superior court judges, he does not seem to have a good grasp of evidentiary objections. When a judge wants to hear something, they over-rule the objection. I objected based on foundation (the evidence did not state a date or time), he over-ruled by stating that it was an admission (this is an exception to the hearsay rule). But, like I said, a lot of superior court judges forget about the rules of evidence when they are interested in the information. It did not affect the outcome of the case, but had he followed the rules of evidence, I would have given a higher rating.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10792
This is the most patient judge I have ever been in front of. He is very kind to all of the participants. Bravo! He still reflects the typical paternalistic bias in favor of mothers in family court, that is typical of Contra Costa judges. It will be interesting to see how he develops in this role in family court.