Hon. Barry Baskin See Rating Details
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.1 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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. Barry Baskin


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA14606
Pompous. Demeaning demeanor.


Comment #: CA12162
I sat through four days of jury selection, turning up at number 98 or 100 in the lottery. Judge Baskin displayed remarkable patience, compassion and clarity of purpose in guiding the juror selection process. A a lay person, I cannot imagine another judge doing a better job in managing his court and providing a comfortable environment for juror review and selection.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12012
This judge is fair and follows procedure to the letter. Does not let attorneys stray off course. He is harsh on gun ownership. A bit too opinionated on that issue. Definitely has his heart in the right place. His bailiff is an exceptional man.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10478
Why is this guy a judge? He gets worked up fast and denies due process. See the Elkins case, in which the CA Supreme Court lambasted his denial of a self represented party's ability to introduce evidence. He is anrasive in court and thinks that procedure is the supreme god above all else. Recuse this guy.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6876
Aloof - impatient. Gets upset easy. California Supreme Court overturned his local rules in the Elkins case; Recall Judge Basking


Comment #: CA4940
This judge is rude, racist, and does not read what the litigants present. His legal knowledge and his writing are like day and night -- his spelling is really bad.