Hon. Hugh Michael Brenner See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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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. Hugh Michael Brenner


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10285
The worst judge in Orange County. Bad news.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9631
Judge 170.6. We cannot 170.6 any other Judges in OC because we always want to be ready to 170.6 Brenner in case we get him. He rules dishonestly and does not even pretend that he is impartial. Bad news to the nth degree.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5030
Very pleasant judge who is easy to work with, and has a good sense of humor which is nice. He is very patient, and overall has a great temperament on the bench.

Would not mind having him for more cases.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4761
He's pro tem, yet somehow also retired, which doesn't make sense - we are suppose to vote for judges, not be stuck with a bad retired judge until he dies. This guy didn't read any papers ahead of time, and so the day drags on forever while he tries to figure out what is happening and then rule from the bench after long arguments. Then he signs pre-written orders without reading them!


Comment #: CA4534
Rating:Not Rated
He is smarter than most judges, and is very perceptive as to what's really going on in the courtroom. He also has an interesting sense of humor.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4315
An excellent judge - friendly, helpful, impartial, polite, and informal. A pleasure to work with.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2785
Rating:Not Rated
very common-sense, fair, courteous to all parties - good iver-all experience.