Hon. Clayton L. Brennan See Rating Details
Superior Court
Mendocino County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.4 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Clayton L. Brennan


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10918
He issues no tentative rulings. When we got to court, he parroted opposing counsel's non sequitur arguments, saying very little. It was clear he'd neither read the motion and opposition, nor the underlying case law. It was impossible to get him to follow the clearly applicable law.


Comment #: CA3424
He allowed blatantly falsified evidence in a Small Claims trial. It was brought to his attention, and he acknowledged it, but let it slide, did not even ask the falsifier to explain. He then found in favor of the party who had falsified the evidence. He barely acknowledged anything the defendant had to say, seeming to be heavily biased from the outset in favor of the winning party. He also forgot that the winning party was being countersued, had to be reminded, very nearly "brought the gavel down" before all business was completed. He seemed, if not downright corrupt, careless and disengaged.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3364
Rating:Not Rated
A conservate Judge for Mendo. Perhaps a
skeptic on defense issues.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA151
Young, new, nice guy, tries hard.