Hon. Claudia J. Silbar See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.1 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Claudia J. Silbar


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8945
Worst Judge ever... Pray you never end up in her court room but if you do you have the right to transfer out within a two week period so be sure to get out!


Comment #: CA8628
Limited ability with family law. Incapable of seeing to the demise of minors a pro per sociopath, whom she ordered to be evaluated at our expense. She is idiotic and clearly impatient with family law and should not judge in that type of court. She deserves to learn if she is willing to understand the process and impact of her decisions on minors. Luckily the parent she prefers is using crystal meth to this day. While the parent raising the children while the parent in opposition is using, is taking care of the children in spite of opposing parents disregard for her order. I refuse to enter her court again. She is a complete family law court moron.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8425
This Judge has taken away my children. I'm a single mother. I love them dearly. She gave them to a negligent father, who claims he's re-married -but we are still LEGALLY SEPARATED!!

Court Staff

Comment #: CA6727
As an attorney that has been practicing family law in Orange County for many years, I can personally attest to the fact that Judge Silbar is one of the best family law judges on the bench in Orange County. She gives everybody a fair shot and makes her decisions based on the law. We need more judges like her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4262
Although one of Orange County's best family law judges in recent years, Judge Silbar has had to quietly take heat from litigants who were unwilling to accept the consequences of litigation, i.e., the decision was placed in the judge's hands once settlement options were rejected. Litigants lacking sufficient introspection to realize they were practically bluffing their way to trial with a loser's hand learn when they should have folded rather than calling. There cannot be two winners; Judge Silbar knows that and usually makes the right call.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA3534
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Silbar refuses to read case materials, prejudges cases and makes inappropriate outbursts and attacks parties without justification.
She fakes knowing the law, flip flops from day to day on what she thinks would be her tentative only to do a 180.
She has a clear bias against women and moms, perhaps stemming from a bad event in her youth. Who knows?
She just doesn't belong on the bench and should have never been appointed to this most valuable and worthy position.
The sooner she retires and draws her pension the more justice people will receive.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3294
Judge Silvar is an excellent Judge

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3138
She is truly in my opinion the best judge in the family panel in OC. She treats everyone equally the same ith respect, knows the law very well, has a very good memory with facts of the case, and has no bias against fathers or mothers one way or the other. I represented a father attempting to obtain passport for his son, despite the image the other side attempted to create my client as a monster child abductor, she followed the law, allowed my client to get the child a passport, and he was able to travel with his son and return safely back to U.S. She is just great, wish more judges had the guts and great instincts like she does.


Comment #: CA1980
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Silbar has a very balanced approach when it comes to children seeing both parents. She does not carry the old school "Mom bias" that some judges have.

I'm glad my daughter is out of the bad situation she was in before. Would be great if she was Presiding Judge over Family Law Courts. Keep up the good work Judge Silbar. Signed a loving Father.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA594
Judge Silbar runs her family court room well. she takes no beef from pro pers she is fair and she does not roll over for the good old lawyers, she rules the way she see it in the law. I believe you receive a fair hearing in her court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA229
She was a superstar, easy-going judge before she was bounced out of family law and sent to civil, then she fought her way back to family law and now she is a terror. I don't know what happened but she has the worst temperament of any judge in family law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA103
This judge is corrupt and biased against pro se litigants. She prejudges matters and uses inappropriate humor in the courtroom.