Hon. Paul O. Colin See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Paul O. Colin


Court Staff

Comment #: CA10352
He refused to hear that an ex parte custody order made by his court was made in error. By state law the previous custody orders needed to be attached and the were not. An ex parte custody order giving a minor child to a parent who had a no custody no visitation order for the child's entire life and Judge Colin refused to remedy the error based on what I believe to be biased against mothers and desire to give fathers, even ones who were barred from custody and visitation previously equal custody. Our case was moved to Sacramento County where the case was promptly closed and the ex parte and all subsequent orders were overturned.


Comment #: CA9669
I have spent many years observing judges in Santa Clara County and this one is one of the worst. He is condescending, arrogant and dismissive of both attorneys and litigants. His very presence on the bench and the comments he makes diminishes one's confidence in the fairness and impartiality of the judiciary.


Comment #: CA8510
Rating:Not Rated
Extremely incompetent and shame on the judicial system. Does he know what he is doing! Living example of how an idiot can get a responsible dignified position like a superior judge by luck! He is probably the worst judge in Santa Clara county. Complete nonsense.


Comment #: CA8440
This judge is an arrogant embarrassment to our judicial system. Talked over attorneys. Refused to listen to anything being presented. Refused to communicate with defense attorney about what his client could have done better since his conviction 7 years ago of a DUI to demonstrate to the court that he has been rehabilitated and is living a sober life. This is after a residential rehab and attending 4 AA meetings a week. All the client wants to do is have his record cleared to be able to search for a better job. Paul Colin does not think an alcoholic will ever recover and remain sober and does not deserve a clean record to try to lead a successful life. Colin does not have the interest of justice in mind when he takes his undeserved bench. What a joke. Must have a personal vendetta against either drunk drivers or the defense attorney.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6715
Unbelievably incompetent and has let Santa Clara county down being an elected official. Has no understanding of the law.

Was friends with the opposing counsel as they are members of the same club. Denied access to impartiality and due process. Caused unnecessary delays and made sanctions which were grossly unfair and unreasonable.

He is now stepping down, probably for "health" reasons. Damage has already been done.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6686
This judge doesn't have any common sense, doesn't listen to both the parties, and is the rudest judge. Probably the worst judge I have seen so far! I'm wondering how did he get voted for a superior court judge!!!
I wish and hope he won't be a judge anymore. He can ruin any one's life by his arrogance.


Comment #: CA6054
Rating:Not Rated
This judge doesn't have his own opinion - thus need consultation from judge Bernardini all the time. Otherwise his opinion would be enough to give permanent 3 year restraining order to a person within 20 min hearing. Biggest nonsense and disgrace to the legal system. Did someone vote for him?