Hon. Bruce Clayton Mills See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Contra Costa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.2 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   - 0 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. Bruce Clayton Mills


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3167
Rating:2.9
Comments:
I did a criminal trial in his court. On first impression he seemed reasonable, almost evenhanded. WRONG! A one day jury trial because he wanted a one day trial. He thought Marcy's Law trumped Brady (WTF?). Ridiculed the defense in front of the jury, and shut down defendant testimony because "it would be unreliable because it's going to be self-serving"...IN FRONT OF THE JURY! UNBELIEVABLE!! Luckily, I had a smart jury who caught on. I was preparing appellate paperwork when they came back with an acquittal, a verdict he seemed unhappy with. He does NOT understand constitutional criminal procedure and needs to be removed from the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA590
Rating:1.8
Comments:
Refuses to grant sanctions. Treats litigants and attorneys unfairly to coerce settlements. No jury trials happen in his department.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA585
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Refuses to grant sanctions, even when clearly appropriate.