Hon. Barbara C. Hinton See Rating Details
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.6 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Barbara C. Hinton


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10670
She became visibly upset when she had to order a mother to pay child support, medical expenses, and childcare to the custodial father. She should check her bias at the door.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10477
Judge Hinton knows criminal law and is very good on issues like restraining orders. On other issues - she has a distinct gender bias against men in family court. She is oribabky a very good criminal judge, but she did not know a thing about family law and did not know how to manage a family law calendar. She wanted to do the right thing, but her lack of knowledge and her gender bias made it hard to work with her in family court. A simple child support issue was continued for a year and a half because of poor calendar management issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8365
This judge is the cream of the crop, rock solid in her responsibilities and ethics - and acts responsibly whether hearing a family law case or some other. She is skilled, wise, and fair. I would welcome the opportunity to have any matter before in the future. And I would appreciate her level of sophistication and wisdom in any other case I handle.


Comment #: CA6094
Judge Barbara Hinton is VERY biased towards men.

Guys, be very careful in her court...evidence takes a back-seat to her gender-based decision making.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5873
This department always starts late - at least an hour late. Then the calendar never finishes on time, and the Judge takes too much time on the 20 minute calendar. Poor calendar management.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5872
She is in Family Law, which is what I practice. She is intelligent, and what impressed me is she reads everything. And understands it. Then makes her decision. I would take anything in front of her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4802
She is one of the really good ones -- knowledgeable, caring, smart, and streetwise. She is a great choice as a judge.