Hon. Sandra K. Bean See Rating Details
Superior Court
Alameda County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.3 - 5 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. Sandra K. Bean


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12121
Judge Bean was a welcome change in probate court after two or three complete duds out of the previous three or four judges. I don't remember having any problems with her, even when I didn't get everything I wanted. She was still fair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10926
Not particularly smart, but stubborn. Won't change her mind even if she is proven wrong.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10925
Pros: Courteous to Attorneys & Litigants
Cons: Poor Scholarship with completely arbitrary and thoughtless rulings. Poor grasp of basic litigation. Uniformly favors form over substance.


Comment #: CA8477
This judge was a joke. I was involved in a simple conservatorship hearing which dragged on for for six months. It was absurd. Judge Bean did not cooperate at all and completely dismissed my defense and skirted of all the necessary actions for a successful outcome for the conservatee. She placed her in harm's way. There was no rationale and compassion on her part for this person.


Comment #: CA8305
Rating:Not Rated
Fair to all the races and sexualities, even black men, which is rare

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA157
She's handled criminal motions since, I think, she was elected. Pretty routine stuff. Very courteous to attorneys and clients. Favors the state, but what judge doesn't?