Hon. JoAnne McCracken See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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* 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. JoAnne McCracken



Comment #: CA29952
Rating:Not Rated
Does not know the law. Oversteps her bounds and renders illegal decisions. A temporary restraining order would have been dissolved in April but because of Covid the date was extended. Attorney filed Ex Parte order to dismiss and she denied it. She assumed the respondent was an ax murderer and shamed the litigant saying she was co-dependent and harming her child. She continued it another 3 months. It’s not her decision. It was not a hearing, it’s not the state against the respondent. She acted as if this was a criminal restraining order that had been violated. She doesn’t know where she is- she’s no longer the prosecutor in criminal domestic violence. She ought to go back to law school and re-learn the law. She assumes things and treats everyone like dirt. A disgrace. Learn the law learn some humility. You are the problem. Truly truly frightening. There is no justice in her court, just ego

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA22976
Worst judge of the superior court. She was the one who, when DA, sentenced a serial felon sexual abuser to 1 year in county jail. She does not know the law, nor has the patience to learn. She is also seriously biased and a clear racist. She would allow white lawyers talk at length but cut off non-whites. An embarrassment to the California judicial system. In family court she acts as a veritable dictator. She talks forever and likes to listen herself talking. She cannot write an order and so she continues to talk, though no one knows what she says. She also misstates obvious facts and later argues "you waived" by not objecting at the time she falsified the record.


Comment #: CA8102
This woman is an example of the danger presented by electing a gung-ho prosecutor who panders to predictable public sentiment. An innocent Latino will likely serve a life sentence after this judge violated numerous laws in order to satisfy a grieving family's need for vengeance. [redacted by Ed.]


Comment #: CA6456
Always late, likes to hear self talk