Hon. Verna A. Adams See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Marin County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.2 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 12 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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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA40072
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Demonstrates prejudice and bias both perceived and fact. She favors the deepest pocket book and social status quo.

Litigant

Comment #: CA40070
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How do we proceed with disqualification of Judge Adams? Seek to have her removed from bench or retired by BAR?

Other

Comment #: CA39712
Rating:2.0
Comments:
So I have sat in Judge Adams courtroom at least 10 times. And watched her rule on at least 50 cases. She has a clear bias against men but is very good at hiding it. She will allow the mom a lot of leeway to speak but cut men off quickly. She will allow the mother to make claims without proof but demand proof from the men. She will allow the court officer to call a mother who has not shown up and I’ve seen her make the dad wait 2 hours for the mother to call back. And when she did not the judge allowed a continuance instead of dismissing the case as the dad requested. Some months later I saw the same couple come up again and the father had called stating he was on the way and had a flat but it was fixed and he was 15 minutes late. She dismissed his case. I recall thinking that wasn’t fair or equal treatment. I have seen her talk down to men especially black and Hispanic men. She’s a little more tolerant of white men but still condescending. I have seen her catch a mother lying and do nothing. She allows the mothers way too much leniency. Ex: There was a case for contempt. The mother did not have primary custody. The dad did. But she did have the kids in the summer. The dad claimed the mom refused to take the son to dr appointments that had been scheduled. Apparently the court order started it was mandatory to see a specific doctor and neither parent could change it without other parents consent. So she did and the dad showed several emails and texts telling the mom she was violating the order. She continued to do it. So the guy proved all the points needed for contempt. But JUDGE ADAMS said the Mom didn’t intentionally violate. Another guy had
Moved to another county. Asked to move the case. The mom wanted to stay there but she also lived in a different county. The dad voice his opinion that her rulings were not in the best interest of the kids but for the mom. She ruled against him and kept case in Marin county where neither party reside but it was the moms desire so she did it. This kind of judicial privilege is how she exercises her bias. Her term was up in January 2021. I don’t think there has been an election. We need to find a way to remove her so she can stop damaging families in Marin county

Other

Comment #: CA39702
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst family law judge in Marin County. She is very intelligent but manipulates the court rules to align with her own prejudices against parties or attorneys, especially women. She violates ADA rules, she violates usual due process, screams in court and is a great harm to children and families as she has no clue what is in a child's best interest or the long term harm she does to children and families. She acts like a dry drunk in Court. One wonders if she herself had an alcohol problem but never got effective help for her underlying mental issues.

Other

Comment #: CA38245
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is incompetent and does not follow the California Code of Civil Procedure. She makes custody modifications without the requisite findings of a substantial change in circumstances. Or she'll just make them up. She clearly favors deadbeat dads and abusive dads and bends over backwards to punish protective parents or moms who have been abused. She is biased towards abusive fathers and places children in harms' way. I wonder what happened to her to make her hate women and children so much and favor fathers no matter what. She will take a deadbeat dad at his word. I've watched her allow a father to testify without being sworn under oath and literally use this "testimony" as "evidence" to support custody decisions. Meanwhile, she screams at mothers and makes them feel less than human. It's so sad and painful to watch. Please someone get her off the bench before she ruins more childrens' lives.

Litigant

Comment #: CA35869
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She's horrible. She doesn't follow the letter of the law, she constantly screams at parties in the family law courtroom, she is knows as the Judge who always rules in favor of the Deadbeat Dads. She hates women. I see that a criminal defense lawyer called her the "smartest judge in Marin" probably b/c she helped out an abusive husband.

Litigant

Comment #: CA35353
Rating:2.0
Comments:
She is objectively biased. When I divorced my ex-husband, I was new to Marin County and the Superior Court; my ex-husband and his Attorney were not. I was at an enormous disadvantage because both my ex and his attorney had been planning their strategy years before. The opposing counsel tricked my then attorney into switching Judges from Talamantes to Adams, for a good reason. The opposing side trash-talked me and based everything on lies and deceit toward the Court and Judge Adams. She bought it hook, line, and, sinker oblivious to the fact that neither respected her or her courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA33884
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
If what you say is true
Why not take the Law into your own hands.

Litigant

Comment #: CA31819
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Piss poor, violator of civil liberties. Gives Stanford a bad name from prior grads. This woman has a bad soul and spirit. She’s been hurt bad. Sexist and Racist! She makes Trump look like an angel. If you look in the dictionary for Bitch...there’s her photo and life. She should be removed from the bench.

Other

Comment #: CA31817
Rating:1.0
Comments:
As a trauma therapist treating victims of domestic violence, I am aware of Judge Adams' apparent bias and lack of understanding/compassion for women and children who have experienced and ARE experiencing life with a controlling abuser.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA26505
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Sad to see this man get railroaded by judge Judy..aka verna adams. , this guy had abs has no chance in this courtroom. This gentleman has lost every motion or requests he’s brought up. This judge has it out for him. Not sure because of his race , female preference to to his ex, which is obvious to me and other employees. This gentleman has always been respectful to verbs but she’s down right nasty to him, interrupts him every chance she gets, rude and nasty demeanor to this guy. Hope there’s someway to help him with verna Adams. She’s horrible judge. I’ve witness many of this gentleman cases and this judge should be removed or recuse herself immediately! Damn shame!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA26502
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst dam judge in Marin county. She needs to be remove and judicial board needs to investigate her. Somebody broke this woman’s feelings for her to be so freak. Out of touch and mean hearted, no evil!

Litigant

Comment #: CA26358
Rating:2.0
Comments:
She's friends with my attorney and has been for several years. He is always permitted to speak with her privately regarding any current case. My ex-wife didn’t have a prayer

Litigant

Comment #: CA17766
Rating:1.0
Comments:
PRO-FATHER. So biased against mother's it is ridiculous. If I could give a zero I would.

Other

Comment #: CA15466
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is biased to mothers. Interrupting every statement you make. Has her mind made up before hearing your case. In cohoots with some of Marin elderly attorneys. She’s a good old girl. Part of Marin FLEAS crew. Please don’t be a black male, you don’t have a chance! May as well speak up, you’re going to loose anyway. She’s a divorcee and most of the family court workers, all female, guys you’re doomed. Change your venue ASAP!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13267
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Disciplined Judge, could be less stern
Best that I have seen for even-handedness. Tough. Wonderfull off the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12684
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Terrible incompetent, discriminative and she disgrace to be even called a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7353
Rating:2.2
Comments:
Terrible judge. Lacks a professional demeanor. Biased. Bottom 5%.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4723
Rating:3.3
Comments:
This judge is pro-father to the extreme.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4699
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is extremely biased, bordering on incompetent.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4380
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Fell asleep five times during the half-day trial!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA197
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Smartest judge in Marin.