Hon. Steven K. Austin See Rating Details
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.6 - 11 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. Steven K. Austin


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA24168
Good temperament and even handed judge. One of the best.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA20372
A level headed and even tempered Judge. Treats everyone in his courtroom with respect. Bends over backwards to inform pro per litigants and is fair to everyone that appears before him. A model for all judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15037
He is unprofessional and discourteous. Does not follow the law with a very volatile temper and definitely part of the good old boys club. He also loves to hand picks cases involving state farm, his former employer. I've reported him to CJP a few days ago and provided indisputable willful misconduct documented on court transcripts along with other felony charges. He openly engaged in legal extortion. Hopefully, nobody has to deal with him anymore.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA14604
Provides a level playing field

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13006
An excellent judge in all respects. Industrious, fair-minded and smart.


Comment #: CA6197
I don't believe he follow the law at list on my case he was very prejudice


Comment #: CA5645
He is biased towards the locals. I was a litigant in a case that ultimately settled on the eve of trial. But in pre-trial conference he invited the lawyers and the defendant to his chambers for a meeting, but told me to stay and wait in the courtroom. My lawyer got into an arguement with him over this and contemplated requesting another judge. That would have put the case back another year.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5450
Obviously did not read our papers on a motion to compel, based on questions asked at the hearing that were extensively briefed/answered. Cut off every statement we attempted to make at oral argument and made a decision so blatantly contrary to precedent that it was truly mind-boggling). 170.6 him every time if you are plaintiff-side.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4895
He will go out of his way not to make tough decisions on matters of law. He continuously pushes the parties to mediate. Don't bother filing an MSJ, because he will find a way to punt and not rule on the issues. He doesn't work very hard on deciding legal issues. He directs most of his efforts towards encourage the parties to settle. He prefers local attorneys -- you will be hometowned if you are not from the Bay Area. He needs to focus on being a judge and not a mediator from the bench. I will paper him in the future.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3763
Amazing patience, considering how many crazy pro pers he deals with all the time.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3095
Not the worst judge out there, but that's not saying much

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2810
Smart, but doesn't like to work hard.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA586
Generally enjoyed working on cases in his department. Never got one out to trial