Hon. Susan C. Harlan See Rating Details
Superior Court
Amador County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.5 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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. Susan C. Harlan



Comment #: CA22242
My significant other was a potential juror in a rape case she was presiding over. My so said she could not be a juror on the case because she was raped as a child by a family member.
Judge Susan Harlan put her on the stand and grilled her about the incident, forcing her to speak about the experience in front of about 15 people, 2 of which she had a professional relationship with.
It has been more than 2 months now and she has still not recovered from the trauma of the thoughtless action of this judge.
It effectively ended her ability to even be in a relationship. Counseling is helping a little, but it will be a long road for her to heal.


Comment #: CA12117
This judge is retired from Amador and now in Calaveras County part time. She's obviously biased in favor of cronies she dealt with and seems like there is decision making going on that is not in courtroom. As if there is a lot a unfair contact with one parties counsel.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12103
in family matters very pro-male. Also shows unbelievable bias to "known" attorneys and their awful clients who abuse the other party while she not only turns a blind eye to their behavior, she rewards them for it. Doesn't have kids and you can tell does not like family law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5722
This judge is long in the tooth and not about to rock the boat with the DA in any way. She is going to do what she's told to do so she can collect a nice cushy paycheck and then a nice cushy pension. She's too old to actually get a real job so this old horse will do whatever it takes to keep the DA happy.