Hon. Anita L Santos See Rating Details
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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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. Anita L Santos



Comment #: CA14159
She does not know law or follow the law.
She is one sided.
She has not a clue what she is doing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14156
Rating:Not Rated
I was stunned when she ordered a judgment against two friends of mine without even hearing their side. She just took the word of the lying plaintiff and disregarded EVERYTHING the defendants said. She told one plaintiff to prove that he didn't get served. How are you suppose to do that?


Comment #: CA12366
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Santos appears to be very upset. Thought at a child support hearing both side are able to go over financials before support is judged. Judge santos does her own thing and does not give a chance to explain other party is falsely giving financial information. Judge does not care. If you have a problem refile. She allowed stuff in support that other judges and attorneys said she could not use in a support case. She did not care. Damages family. IF YOU DONT HAVE AN ATTORNEY YOU WILL NOT BE HEARD!!!


Comment #: CA11918
This judge was AWESOME when she was a Commissioner in Department of Child Support Services. Hence, I gave her two stars instead of one. I think she should leave family law because she is not happy in her role. I was before this judge when she was in DCSS and wish she was back in that role again. She really did justice in her role there.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA11858
Rating:Not Rated
By far the worst Judge in the area, not fair, very bias and is extremely rude. The Judge is out for blood and once you are on the bad side you might as well never come back to that court room. She will tear apart families and rule unwarranted decisions.


Comment #: CA10493
This judge is rude, doesn't not read documents, bias, prejudice, sides with the mediators findings, does not prepare for hearings, has no patience, has no best interest of the children only for the party that file first for custody, and if she does not like you or you file a complaint against her she will become very revengeful. If you ever get her put in ASAP a request for judge removal code 170.6 order to transfer, motion for peremptory challenge and declaration in support of motion for peremptory challenge doen't want until your hearing put in request within 30 days and becareful of her mediators like maria Carranza other bias and horrible person. Anita has laugh, and made fun of Domestic Violence against women being battered a Spanish women in court of pittsburg was crying after anita santos said, well your still walking after being beated up by the father and son had to defend mother. Anita proceeded is saying, you look fine to me and denied the DV restraining order. MOST LAWYERS WILL NOT REPRESENT YOU WITH THIS JUDGE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY LOOK IN OTHER COUNTIES FOR REPRESENTATION.


Comment #: CA9523
Rating:Not Rated
I have now been in front of this judge several times in family court. This judge has never taken the time to even read our custody case file, has now made orders harmful to our children and shows little to no regard for the children, their rights or their voices... this appears to be just another judge hell bent on keeping children kept within the geographic boundaries of that county, perhaps for Title IX and XIX maximum funding purposes. Has little to no regard for persons with disabilities and makes snarky comments belittling litigants. Maybe because she came from the DA's office, seems hell bent on finding one party "bad" other party "good" mentality. This type of judge will harm a lot of children in the long run, especially if she is constantly relying on the entrenched bureaucracy to make her decisions for her.


Comment #: CA7654
She is the best Judge in Contra Costa County as a Family Law cases. She is fair, honest and very professional. CCC Court is very lucky to have Judge Santos.