Hon. Barbara L. Roberts See Rating Details
Superior Court
Butte County
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* 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)

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* 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)

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* 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. Barbara L. Roberts



Comment #: CA24279
My daughter used the Butte County Court assistance personnel to assist her in getting custody of her daughter. The process took over a year,sending out forms and getting signatures.
This past summer my daughter gets a call from the County worker saying everything is completed and a court date is set for Sept to have the judge approve and sign off on the custody issue.
The entire family arrives on the appointed date and entering the courtroom I see Roberts with a smirk on her face.
First words spoken were we tried calling you to let you know I am not going forward.
Reasoning: The paperwork provided by the County worker for custody was not the correct paperwork.
Second reason my daughter sent out a certified letter that was to be sent by a third party according to Roberts (not sure why and Roberts did not explain).
And last she said my daughter needed to use an attorney not a Butte County adoption clerk. When I said my daughter does not have a lot of money to spend on an attorney she shrugged her shoulders (not my problem).

What I took away from my encounter with Roberts is she is arrogant and egotistical. No one in her courtroom can know more or say anything she does not already know.
As for the Butte County assistance program if they are going to work with citizens of the county they need to make sure they get the outline required by Roberts because what they have now is not acceptable to her!
I pity others that will have hearings with Roberts. Butte County should be able to do better!


Comment #: CA11854
Rating:Not Rated
This woman gets off on being a narcissistic evil person and then gets mad at you when you return the same attitude and threatens to ruin everything that you worked for because she doesn't like being treated the way she treats you. I believe she goes out of her way to get a reaction and then when she gets it you're the bad guy doesn't acknowledge the trauma she puts through having to go before her and think she is making changes in the world she's a bad person

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10235
Horrible! Screams at people. Threatens from the bench. Tries to embarass one into a ridiculous settlement. Reputation is that liquor may be a big issue. Avoid.


Comment #: CA9517
Rating:Not Rated
when yous have a case of a father attempting to take away god given rights of a mother and child to have contact, as father refuses to allow contact, and claims abandonment, and the mother does attend by phone and is forgotten.. there is a problem...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8003
Judge Barbara L. Roberts court room demeanor is bizarre to say the least. She is of the Judicial school of monarchy and megalomania. Her courtroom demeanor is undignified and she seems to enjoy belittling both plaintiffs and respondents. She is extremely lazy constantly berating respondents over the length a case is taking. She seems to suffer from narcissistic personality (perhaps a requirement to be a Judge in Butte County) and acts as though her time is being wasted with respondents pleadings in her court. She is extremely forgetful which is an indication of possible dementia. She does not know the file in front of her and loses evidentiary documents from her files. It is very difficult to go before a rational Judge but then suffer the demeaning abuses of Judge Barbara L. Roberts. Judge Roberts seems to be extremely "BURNT OUT" and is typical of the California judicial problem of "SHOULD HAVE RETIRED 20 YEARS AGO". She is a prime example of why the people of California need to enact term limits on Judges. Judge Barbara Roberts is given to frequent angry and undignified outbursts which are a strong indication of severe anger control problems. She is also very prone to strange excited rapid speaking outbursts which are indicative of the use of stimulants, either prescription medication or other sources. She is not so much a fair arbitrator of Justice but a Kafkaesque bureaucrat enjoying the power and over payment of the California Judiciary. If you draw Judge Barbara L. Roberts in the Butte County Superior Court I would recommend that you file a preemptory challenge (California Code of Civil Procedure section 170.6) against her and forgo her Alice in Wonderland Courtroom. There is a webpage addressing her eccentricities and bad behavior pending.