Hon. Julia Spain See Rating Details
Superior Court
Alameda County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.1 - 4 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. Julia Spain


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13566
She makes decisions quickly and decisively but not always correctly. She does not ensure compliance with pre-trial orders nor does she make sure the parties have received proper notice and an opportunity to be heard. In many pre-trial and trial rulings the motions or submissions were not served on opposing counsel but she ruled on them anyway even with notice of lack of proper service and without allowing any opposition to be filed. She seems more interested in getting the matter finished then in making sure justice is done.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6693
Have had two lengthy complex civil trials with her in the past two years.
She was diligent, thoughtful, and fair.
Read everything submitted, worked nights and weekends, ruled according to the law and kept the cases moving along. Both trials started with over 16 lawyers involved - I believe we all enjoyed being in her courtroom.


Comment #: CA5624
This Judge made a ruling without showing proof as to why. The summons was shown to be untrue per her own judgment however she still judged in favor of the opposing side.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3817
I regularly appear in her courtroom, and I have had four trials in front of her. Got acquittals on two and her sentencing in the other two was less than the D.A. requested. In one case, she didn't hold my client to answer. No complaints about her. I found her to be fair to both sides. If you are prepared, and make a good showing, you'll get a fair shake. She doesn't swallow whatever the D.A. says -- you can't complain about that, since it's so rare!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2922
She is punitive, short-tempered, and favored the civil defense attorney in our case. I would absolutely challenge her in any civil plaintiff's PI case.