Hon. Beth A. R. McGowen 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. Beth A. R. McGowen


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12065
Political?? Client and I from slightly out of town. Client was worried about the obvious coziness between opposing counsel -- very local --and judge. I assured him that there was nothing to worry about. Then we started trial. Surprised that a big firm would allow a first year associate to try the case without the partner present. Very surprised when -- half way thru trial -- judge told said associate that he would be preparing the statement of decision. Surprised when judge excluded opposing side's sworn document listing assets he had just testified he didn't have. Surprised when judge refused to stay orders pending appeal even though required by law. Fortunately, was able to obtain ex parte relief from another judge when Mcgowan was on vacation. Other things happened that I don't dare put in print. I've been hometown before but never ever anything like this. By the way, my friends in the DA's office all raved about her, which now I see means she goes with the prevailing wind. If you're not well connected in the area, stay away.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11552
As a family law Judge, without question one of the top three worst I have seen. Doesn't know the facts and doesn't care that she doesn't know the facts. Arrogant and lacks the integrity to be curious about the facts because it would be too much work. Obviously someone who became a Judge to "retire" on the bench.