Hon. Danielle K Douglas See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 7 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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Other

Comment #: CA39920
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Danielle Douglas goes rogue and does not care about the laws of civil procedure, her ego takes presidence

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA39310
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I think she's great (especially for being appointed by Brown). I think most of these comments are from haters who are just mad they lost. Poor sports, basically. I found her to be straightforward, friendly, personable, helpful, intelligent, and well spoken. She's not the least bit arrogant, rude, or anything like these deceitful comments. It's disheartening to see people say such dishonest statements. Remember, a judge's job is to hear an attorney's argument, interpret the law (that an attorney presents), review evidence, and conduct a fair trial/hearing. It's not to know all of the laws beforehand-that would be impossible. Perhaps some of these comments are from people who could not articulate the law well and if that's the case, that's their bad, not the judge's. Rather than attack the judge, why don't you figure out how to present yourself and your argument better so you don't disservice your client? Or perhaps learn to spell (I mean how can you be a good parent or comment on a judge if you can't even formulate a sentence correctly)? To be honest, anyone writing a bad review of this judge should be hit with a spoon, just like my grandma did me. This is the best judge I've been in front of, and I hope to be so lucky to sit in front of her again. If all judges were like her, we'd have a far better legal system.

Other

Comment #: CA39270
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is very bias not ruling righteously caused me many heart ships in my 28 yr divorce never ruled in my favor made life difficult not awarding me spousal support nor recompense for domestic abuse nor rightful division in assets , she has now been removed from family law thank God maybe now I’ll be heard

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA36077
Rating:3.8
Comments:
This Judge does not enforce court orders concerning discovery. So we were on our THIRD motion to compel on the same missing items before she ordered sanctions and it was for only 5K. She talks a lot of smack, ,making threats of what she will order, but then doesn't. Her calendar is a mess and has a lot of cases because SHE won't enforce her own orders. She punts a lot causing delays and then she looses her temper, but she creates an environment of non-compliance because she lacks enforcement. This is very costly to litigants. There is a lack of consistency in her orders, but that is just an issue with all Family Court Services judges up in Martinez.

Litigant

Comment #: CA35484
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She will side with you if you are a woman. If you are a woman and violate court orders, she will just smile and say find a reason as to why it’s not a big deal. Very arrogant. Thinks she is above the law. Does not care about evidence and does not care about details. Ruling is based on emotions only rather than evidence. She believes everyone who comes in her court room is a millionaire and has no regard for people with low income and often assigns minor’s counsels and other very expensive things. You will be ruined financially with this judge.

Other

Comment #: CA34109
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge rejected several complaints against an unfit parent. The case has now escalated and the child is suffering, mentally incapacitated temporarily due to trauma inflicted by the unfit parent.

Other

Comment #: CA33028
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Danielle Douglas is one of SEVERAL Contra Costa Family Court judges who is incompetent, emotional, biased, [Redacted by Ed.] and blatantly ignores the facts. This system backs their own lawyers, therapists, mediators, and evaluators and keeps CHILDREN caught in a money-extorting system without one concern for what is actually in the best interest of the child. The [redacted] Contra Costa County Family Law system needs to be brought to light because these people are DESTROYING families with their inconsistent rulings that keep families trapped in the system while they collect a paycheck and ignore the abuse they perpetuate.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA31577
Rating:10.0
Comments:
As a trial judge: smart, even-tempered, even-handed, pretty good on sentencing.

Other

Comment #: CA29333
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Horrible. She just wants a free paycheck. Doesn't read, doesn't care and seems to have anger and psychological issues. She is biased towards women. She is using children to purposely hurt their mothers. She gives custody to abusers and seems to get a kick out of it. I pray for her children to suffer the same way my kid is suffering. I pray every day and every night for her to witness the pain of her kids and be unable to do anything about it. I will keep on praying and I'm asking all mothers she is abusing to join me in this prayer. Every time my child goes to his father a part of him dies at return. He is scared and psychological abused. He used to be a happy kid, now he wants to die.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA28889
Rating:3.0
Comments:
She will take the line of least resistance. If the argument is complex, then she will not grasp it. Lazy. Sloppy. Bureaucrat. Increases the cost of the litigation, because she will not decide issues that could short-cut litigation. Definitely file peremptory challenge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA27220
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Complete idiot. An arrogant dolt.

Litigant

Comment #: CA25530
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Stay far far away from this judge!! I was in this woman’s court room for not even three minutes and she gave custody of my three little girls to an absent dad, who had never even met one of them! Screw going into court with proof of domestic violence and 10k in debt of child support!! This woman won’t care!! she favors men and she will wipe away years of neglect and abuse in a matter of seconds! This judge needs to be taken off the stand! I pray anyone that is ordered to appear in front of this woman has a damn good lawyer and lots of money Because you’re in for a battle of a lifetime! Someone seriously needs to look into this woman’s judicial misconduct! Weird that someone who got pregnant in high school and was a single mom would favor men of all people....sick woman!

Other

Comment #: CA24199
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
deplorable

Litigant

Comment #: CA23578
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Our case was assigned to Judge Douglas for an ongoing 8+ year custody dispute. I’ve never been more disheartened by our judicial system after having her make custody orders. Previous judges have made reasonable rulings but she didn’t care about details and it was clear she already made a conclusion. We have had 4 hearings in front of her, she is extremely favorable towards men and makes rulings based on her assumption of the situation (vs. reading the court file). Note to future parties in front of her- she will let you know her opinion of you and make a ruling that affects a child based on that.

Litigant

Comment #: CA17038
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Brand new Judge to an over litigated case. It was obvious that she didn't read anything about the case prior to the hearing. Made her decision before we even appeared. She made zero eye contact when I was speaking, looking at what was going on in the back of the court room entire time. Rotating Judges from Criminal to Family and back and forth does nothing good for anyone. Family law is complicated and takes a competent Judge. So far I've had Hinton, Laudau and now Douglas who is now supervising Judge. This is ridiculous. I'm female by the way.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14960
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Man IN DIVORCE
tough draw. do peremptory challenge at once.. you are screwed!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12727
Rating:2.3
Comments:
not impressed in first encounter. After a year since divorce filling, tried to get divorce, doing property later, just as bad as Landeau, continued