Hon. Laurel S. Brady See Rating Details
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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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. Laurel S. Brady



Comment #: CA7000
Rating:Not Rated
As plaintiff in a non-judicial foreclosure case (2014) I had 2 occasions to point out to the judge she was ruling on the wrong brief. She denied opportunity for discovery by moving out the hearing dates of my 2 adversaries to a later date without moving out the trial date. When presented with a motion to compel due to documented objections to canned non-responses, she forced me to compulsory arbitration labeled as 'discovery facilitation', again, without moving trial date. When adversaries filed motion for summary judgment, she dismissed a pending discovery motion without a hearing. Although the adversaries originally had separate dates for their MSJ hearing, the judge combined them into a single date. This would be tough on any single attorney, but was especially onerous to inflict upon a pro se litigant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2480
Judge Brady's is a very pleasant courtroom, starting with the judge and running through her staff. Despite a very canny and competent defense lawyer, she was unflappable in my civil trial, which resulted in a very good verdict for my client, the plaintiff. She allowed a jury questionnaire and allowed all the time we needed for voir dire. Rulings on motions mostly went down the middle, but on the most important motions/evidence issues, the plaintiff won most. Great judge and nice person to boot.