Hon. W. Bruce Watson See Rating Details
Superior Court
Humboldt County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. W. Bruce Watson


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA11826
Lazy and un-scholarly. But a good, fair heart. Generally gets things right even if takes a lot of shortcuts.


Comment #: CA5899
Shows bias in favor of older people and those who are financially well off (as in have the more expensive attorney) even if they have an illegal income, seems to listen at first, then does not let you present all of your evidence as guaranteed by the US Constitution Bill of Rights before he renders a judgment that shows that he did not listen. Definitely not an impartial judge. I could never ever vote for a man like this in good conscience. Ever.


Comment #: CA2546
He shows an incredible amount of bias during civil and criminal jury selection. In criminal jury trials, he favors the prosecution in the following ways: he will "rehabilitate" hostile and openly biased potential jurors, allow people in the jury box to say very prejudicial comments against defendants during voir dire, refuses to take juror misconduct seriously - both when parties act inappropriately with jurors, and when jurors act inappropriately, indeed quite egregiously, with each other and parties. He also fails to disclose his relationship to parties, attorneys, potential jurors. Judge Watson regularly waives defendants' rights (i.e. speedy trial) without their knowledge or consent. He has also ordered bltatntly unconstitutional conditions of OR release for criminal defendants.