Hon. Jill C. Fannin See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.7 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 10 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. Jill C. Fannin


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5812
Rating:2.3
Comments:
This judge has earned many of the negative comments herein. She shows favoritism towards some attorneys in spite of the evidence. I doubt she even glances at the evidence for that matter!
She comes across as sweet and friendly but has no intention of actually weighing evidence. Children are being damaged by her laziness.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5800
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I looked at all the previous reviews of this judge.
I concur with all of them. She has turned a simple divorce case into a 3 year nightmare. She has been arrogant, uninformed and ill-prepared. Not at all what one would expect from a judge, let alone a woman!

Litigant

Comment #: CA5786
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Fannin doesn't care about the children in these cases. Her goal is to do what is easy and move on without even considering the consequences of her actions. Her decisions were made before entering the court room and will not let evidence contrary to her predetermined decision be allowed to be presented for the record. Ive never been to the circus before.

Other

Comment #: CA5732
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is the rating that was omitted below.

Other

Comment #: CA5730
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
By easily being duped in prior court proceedings, Fannin inadvertently has opened the door for the empowered mother and her attorney to unilaterally decide grandparents, aunt/uncles/ cousins (relatives of the child's father) may NOT attend any events like dance recitals, swimming lessons etc the poor child may begin doing. Thanks for not glancing at the evidence.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA5699
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Seeing both sides of documents presented, I must concur that this "judge" does not care about facts. That innocent lives are forever altered for the worse because of judicial laziness is heartbreaking. She should consider following Cram out the door or try to repair the damage done by her egocentric incomprehensible decisions.

Other

Comment #: CA5662
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I've had the unfortunate opportunity to be a plaintiff in Judge Fannin's court.She is a ridiculous example of a judge. She did not read my petition and refused to hear all of the truth and accuracies of my case. She allowed custody be given to a drunk and abuser DESPITE evidence and a recent arrest for battery and domestic violence. She cares not for anyone in her courts, let alone the children. She should be removed. My poor thoughts for any of you who have to sit in front of her. It's better to roll the dice than work with her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5652
Rating:3.0
Comments:
I observed a few hearings as support for a college buddy. I also read over docs/filings/texts. I can only conclude this judge chooses to not be informed about her cases. As I know both parties and this judge does NOT-----her erroneous rulings reflect poorly on her judgment and general preparation. Hard to believe she went to my alma mater. Destructive decisions contrary to presented evidence.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5651
Rating:3.0
Comments:
I observed a few hearings as support for a college buddy. I also read over docs/filings/texts. I can only conclude this judge chooses to not be informed about her cases. As I know both parties and this judge does NOT-----her erroneous rulings reflect poorly on her judgment and general preparation. Hard to believe she went to my alma mater. Destructive decisions contrary to presented evidence.

Other

Comment #: CA5639
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I attended a few court hearings with my wife, who was involved in school and custody disputes with her ex-husband. I have been a victim of a crime, as my son was murdered in 2010. The judge in my son's murder trial treated the defendant with more respect than this judge treated my wife. She was not prepared, had not read the pleadings thoroughly, and made "snarky" comments about both sides. She is not suited to be on the bench in my opinion.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5610
Rating:2.8
Comments:
The welfare of the child is the last concern of this judge. Refuses a simple 50/50 custody despite serious psychological gaps in the mother. Father and his family punished by her illogical rulings. Sadly, on Fannin's own profile page, her pet peeve is re-visiting what she's already decided!!
Hello? Maybe your initial decisions are FLAWED!

Other

Comment #: CA5604
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A poor judge of details. Granted child daycare pickup by grandparents at 6:30 when facility closes at 6:00!! Duh!!! Judge prefers a dirty daycare for the child over loving family caregivers. Judge will not allow stable relatives to assist father by babysitting-financing extracurricular activities-etc. Father agreed to all stipulations/testing. Fannin never recognized who should have been tested---child is the final victim of judicial incompetence.

Other

Comment #: CA5532
Rating:3.0
Comments:
In my daughter' recent case where severe parental alienation was evidenced, Judge Fannin clear avoided removing the three children from the psychologically abusive parent and instead applied an adapted custody order reducing the role of the mother while increasing the hold of the abusive father. The status quo is damaging her children as each day passes. This is a painful travesty.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5431
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Has her mind made up before reading DETAILS of documents. Favors the mother even with drug issues over a tested and clean father. Easily duped by lies. Just wants to clear docket with little regard to evidence.

Other

Comment #: CA5428
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Requests drug testing at $200 ea to disprove false accusations of other party--- all results negative--ignores all results! Drops a restraining order but allows accuser to interpret said order to still be in effect! Blows off an 11 day hiding of a child by parent as inconsequential! She is clueless to the family destruction she wreaks.

Other

Comment #: CA5081
Rating:3.0
Comments:
In following a divorce/custody case, it seems she is easily swayed by belligerent attorneys rather than evidence-photos-statements-police reports, etc. from the quieter opposing lawyer. Does not realize she is being played by an attorney who omits selective pages of subpoenaed documents. Signs off on documents without realizing the opposing attorney refused to accept the incorrectly written order and her rebuttal to said refusal was "omitted" from the judge's viewing!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4799
Rating:8.1
Comments:
She cares and does a credible job. She is very hardworking.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4726
Rating:4.7
Comments:
Judge Fannin has a complicated calendar. Many litigants appear pro per; some of the represented litigants have a sense of entitlement, and are surprised when Judge Fannin educates them otherwise. She's on an even keel.

Other

Comment #: CA4694
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She conveys a limited skill-set, and has an egocentric demeanor. She ignores evidence, and is fairly incompetent. She should be re-assessed or re-assigned, based on her lack of ability to perform.