Hon. Steven K. Austin See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.2 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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


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Litigant

Comment #: CA5645
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:3.0
Comments:
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
Rating:2.8
Comments:
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
Rating:8.1
Comments:
Amazing patience, considering how many crazy pro pers he deals with all the time.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3095
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Not the worst judge out there, but that's not saying much

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2810
Rating:6.6
Comments:
Smart, but doesn't like to work hard.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA586
Rating:7.8
Comments:
Generally enjoyed working on cases in his department. Never got one out to trial