Hon. Sandra L. McLean See Rating Details
Superior Court
Butte County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.8 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 6 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 L. McLean


Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA22034
I've sat through many cases
Including my own. She picks sides and just fills the room with anxiety. Not fit to be a judge. Ignores evidence in place of false allegations.does not listen to facts and forms her own warped opinion on the law.
I've seen her ruin lives. Does not have childrens best interest in mind.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA21057
She seriously should NOT be a Judge of any kind, she's 65, very unhappy with herself and if Truthfinder.com means anything she has some serious problems that need to to be taken up with the State of CA. Chief Justice.


Comment #: CA21056
Deeply biased and ignores the Rule of Law regardless of whether it's regarding Social Security or not. She shocks licensed attorneys with her "ideas and interpretations of the law. Ive never seen ANYONE as miserable as she is except my now-ex-husband. On my way to Appeals Court, she left me on the streets with her Ruling and constant denials of Motions.


Comment #: CA16163
It’s extremely difficult to get a point clearly across and feel as if she’s understood clearly. I feel unheard and my case not fairly assessed. I’ve submitted documents she blantely ignored. This judge Needs to give us individual attention and care. Many family cases are complicated and she appears to be extremely annoyed with dealing with details. It appears the judge is unable to clearly define her objective in judgements. She seems to favor some people over others and give special interest to a few cases that she may be more inclined towards. I do hope she can get the care and joy back into her heart that is needed to clearly see who she is effecting with her decisions in children and parents life.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15084
This judge has the worst judicial demeanor I have ever encountered. She scowls, snaps, interrupts and demeans. She has not one ounce of simple courtesy in dealing with lawyers and litigants. A judge can be no-nonsense, firm and "judicial" without being rude and unprofessional. It is absolutely shameful this person ascended the bench only to be so abusive to those in her courtroom. She is just ANGRY all the time. And if a lawyer TELLS her the law, it makes her even angrier and she digs in her heels and will not relent.
This judge needs to go.


Comment #: CA15071
1st of all, she was fired as criminal judge and fired as civil judge. In family law she destroys lives without giving it single thought! I have the legal right to an attorney, I also have the legal right to one continuance. She denied my rights and terminated a valid restraining order to protect the kids, in a single second without review of the case. She is the devil!


Comment #: CA15070
Rating:Not Rated
Doesn't take her time to hear the case. She is biased and once her mind is made up, your clear evidence does not matter or make a difference. She does not care about the well being of children. She is a woman hater, and an abuser/batterer advocate. She puts children in harms way and doesn't bat an eye.


Comment #: CA14832
She needs to retire. She's cold and the furthest from what a family law judge should be. She has 0 compassion, and I would bet she does not have a family of her own.


Comment #: CA13430
I would have to agree judge Sandra is very bias and harsh. It took her two minutes and she threw out my case. She refused to allow my the adequate time to present my case for child endangerment before thoring it out. She did listened to the petitioner response though.


Comment #: CA12770
She is biased and unfair she has her mind made up on who's right and whose wrong in the first 5 mins

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12523
judge can be extremely brusque or possibly harsh. but she isn't late.