Hon. Trena H. Burger-Plavan See Rating Details
Superior Court
Sacramento County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.4 - 4 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. Trena H. Burger-Plavan


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA11551
Biased for the prosecution. I agree wolf in sheep's clothing.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3675
Smart judge with a civil background. As others have noted, judges from a civil background, such as her and Judge David Abbott, make the best judges for a criminal case. No bias towards other side and even handed in trial. But you better know your case and the law because she knows what she is doing.


Comment #: CA1890
Judge Burger is a wolf in sheeps clothing. Beware!!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1542
I agree; the best criminal judges in Sacramento County came from a civil background, and are the only ones willing to even-handedly apply the law in criminal cases. No double standards. I thought this judge was smart - and made a ruling that no other judge on the Sacramento bench would have had the guts to make. She was correct on the law, and made the right ruling. I am so used to the appallingly prosecution-biased bench, that I was shocked to get a fair shake in her courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1151
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Burger-Plavan is a very thoughtful, well-informed and fair judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA507
This judge is sharp. I've heard that she came from the civil arena, which may be why she is able to apply the law in criminal cases objectively, according to the rule of law. It's refreshing.