Hon. Katherine A. Bacal See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.1 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Katherine A. Bacal


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7232
She may be okay on pre-trial matters, but had her for trial and agree with the other negative comments. Very condescending, cold, pro-defense attitude. Weak on the law. Hard on the attorneys. One of the worst trial judges I have had in 40 years.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7231
I appeared in front of Judge Bacal for an ex parte. Though my papers were timely placed in the box the day before, apparently they were lost and the judge never saw them. At the hearing, the court trailed so that it could review a copy of my papers when it could have just made a decision without them. I appreciated that courtesy and extra work on Judge Bacal's behalf, and have not noticed the bad demeanor and poor legal reasoning that other posters have observed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6819
She has no business on the bench. It is almost indescribable how truly awful she is . . . incompetent, miserable, moronic and rude. She will find a way to screw up your case. Stay away from this one. She is the reason that there is a need for judicial oversight and accountability.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6750
She is not a good judge. She has below average intelligence. Her demeanor is terrible. She is just rude and mean to everyone. She is not impartial, leaning heavily in favor of defendants. She was a defense attorney for years and believes it is her life's mission to rid the world of meritless cases. But in her opinion everything is meritless. If you are on the plaintiff's side, she will find a way to screw you.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6593
A terrible trial judge. Lazy. Horrible demeanor. Very biased and very pro-defendant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6592
Terrible. Not very bright, and displays a condescending demeanor toward counsel, parties and witnesses alike. Paper her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6562
She is the worst. After 20 years of practice, it is pretty hard to get to the top of my worst ever list but this judge wins the spot by wide margin. Not smart. Very poor rulings (remarkably consistent on this point). Angry. Hostile. Aggressive. Intolerant. Very pro-defense. Did I mention she is a moron? Kick her if at all possible. Really.


Comment #: CA6404
She whines and bitches too much.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5830
She is the worst judge ever. Run far and fast. Paper her every time. She has a horrible disposition. She is just a mean and nasty person which would be fine if she were intelligent and made good rulings, but she is not. She always sides with the defense. She has no idea on the law. She is not smart, not diligent and not competent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4907
She is very pro-defendant. I watched her grant demurrers without leave to amend, even where leave is required (original complaint). She has granted summary judgments where there are clear disputes of fact. She still thinks that she works at Baker and needs to support the rights of defendants. I was shocked by her general demeanor. She was very cold to plaintiffs in general. I will paper her in the future, and hope for an even-keeled judge.