Hon. Sandra L. McLean See Rating Details
Superior Court
Butte County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.3 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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 - 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.