Hon. Paul P. Burdick See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Cruz County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 2 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. Paul P. Burdick



Comment #: CA24217
After opening comments that made him sound ready to take action to rule against the illegal actions of the county and a developer, he reversed himself and made nonsensical excuses for doing so. PLEASE go watch this and other judges up for re-election in 2020 before voting, and ONLY vote for judges you KNOW are (still) honest and fair looking! We need a much closer public eye on what is happening in our courts to understand ALL the reasons that regular residents are getting priced out of living in SCC.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13944
Judge BurDICK makes decisions without even glancing at the Motion filed. Hundreds of hours of work for nothing because he won't even read the affadvit or the supporting docs ... he just decides (incorrectly) that because some previous paperwork was filed in the wrong order that the whole case must be dismissed without granting an opportunity to correct his perceived error in filing. The case is decided based on his whims, not the letter of the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8603
A pleasant man, but does not understand the law. Or, if he does, he has no inclination to follow it. He just does what he wants. Very hard to advise your clients as he will ignore black letter law.