Hon. Bret D. Hillman See Rating Details
Superior Court
Tulare County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.2 - 3 rating(s)
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. Bret D. Hillman



Comment #: CA37397
Has no idea what the Mobile home residency law even is and yet he hears cases regarding mobile home parks and tenancy issues.


Comment #: CA34596
Horrible Judge. Did not review any of my case what so ever before my family law court date. My ex wife was openly caught committing perjury several times and he did nothing about it. Dishonorable Judge Hillman refused to accept any of my evidence. I had not been served with any divorce papers yet (we were there for a RO hearing) and he tried forcing me to handle a divorce that day. I refused as was my right. He became very violent and began shouting to which I became upset and continued to refuse. He then stated that since I was "angry" he was going to extend the RO from one year to three years. During the case I brought up several facts to which he had no knowledge of. If he had reviewed even a single paper submitted to the court he would have known of those facts.oh and BTW the RO was granted "to give my wife and I time apart". There was no harassment or abuse what so ever in my case. This man ruins peoples lifes with no cause and needs to be immediately removed from his office as a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10355
Sometimes it seems that this Judge appears at hearings without having reviewed his own records and without having read the moving papers. The Judge is also ridged on trial dates, to the detriment of the parties, often with explanations that make no sense. One wonders if his rulings are being made with the hopes that they will deter future motions and possibly limit his workload.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7470
Judge Hillman handles the Probate calendar extremely well. He is onscientious and always reads the papers presented. He is practical and is unfailingly patient and polite with those appearing in his court. Although relatively new to the bench I think that Judge Hillman has a good judicial temperment and will become one of our best judges with additional experience.


Comment #: CA5543
Rating:Not Rated
How this guy Bret D. Hillman earned his position in the Judge chair, I have no idea. I cant even show him respect as a judge because he does not deserve that title. He is uneducated in Child Development, the safety and welfare of children and he is also unfit to be a family law judge. He favors the mother on all cases and does so with disgust towards the father. Hillman will literally show an expression of disgust when communicating with the father in the courtroom. Hillman is very disrespectful towards the father and will show complete sympathy towards the mother no matter how much negative evidence is presented of the mother in the files before him. Bret D. Hillman needs to be removed from his position as Judge immediately. Hillman is unfair, unjust and unfit to be a Judge. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger must have been drunk when he appointed Hillman to be a judge for Tulare County. Arnold Schwarzenegger probably sobered up and said, "I made who judge??!!" Somebody who has superiority over Bret D. Hillman PLEASE! review Hillmans performance as a judge, investigate his court reports, have an undercover investigator sit through Hillmans court hearings and terminate Hillman from his position! Hillman is better off flipping burgers at McDonalds.


Comment #: CA5235
Judge Hillman has to be the single most careless, thoughtless, reckless, arrogant Judge I have ever witnessed. It is my opinion he has an extraordinary bias against women and has either no understanding of family law or just utter contempt for it. I think his rulings are arbitrary and not based in fact or the law.