Hon. Kelly V. Simmons See Rating Details
Superior Court
Marin County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.8 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 1 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. Kelly V. Simmons


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA31032
Great judge.


Comment #: CA13646
Does not read papers filed in case, prejudges without the benefit of reading the papers, is biased in her decisions, does not know the law but makes decisions anyway, seems to have trouble figuring out what to decide causing longer than needed hearings.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA11761
Has something personal that drives her decisions as a judge and overides lawyers settlement agreements; her decisions are not results oriented
And to the benefit of the Marin county community;
her decisions will have long term harmful effects to peoples lives and the community at large.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11375
Somewhat more than competent. New, in 2017, to her current subject-matter assignment. Listens and asks reasonable questions. Strives to be time-efficient. Good temperament. Seems un-biased. Expect she will gain abilities over-time in current role. Have some confidence a matter will be determined by equity. Her adherence to codes and case law is not known. She seems to consider, however, as evidence what an counsel says of occurrences and third-party statements, while some might view that as non-admissible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2217
avoid in civil matters. lacks knowledge of basic civil law. comes from prosecutor office. I thought she would learn, but alas....