Hon. Barbara J. Mallach See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Mateo County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.7 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 3 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. Barbara J. Mallach


Court Staff

Comment #: CA6286
One of, if not the worst judge on this Court. Angry, self-absorbed, willing to lie to staff, shame on you....


Comment #: CA6223
Thank goodness we have judges willing to stand up to rich people!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4864
Rating:Not Rated
She should be thrown off the bench. What comes around, goes around.


Comment #: CA3433
She was eligible to retire four years ago and should have done everyone a favor and retired. Bitter, hates men, probably hates most everyone. Now is trying to "remake" her image so she can do private judging. No one wants to work for her, no one wants to appear before her. Rubber stamp for the DA, defendants don't have a chance. Knows zero about civil law and is happy to tell the attorneys about it if civil cases are assigned to her. Talks behind everyone's back. Just a really nasty, nasty, nasty old woman.


Comment #: CA3040
Rating:Not Rated
Culturally insensitive, refuses to accept viability of alternative medicines such as Chinese herbs and acupuncture as treatment for mental conditions, in the pocket of Big Pharma, never questions incompetent county mental health "professionals" (how could she when her own incompetence and self-justification requires that she believe in them so they will believe in her), delights in bullying and non-consensual domination, refuses to believe police could ever make mistake let alone LIE. Lacks judicial temperament and impartiality, disorganised, confused, agree with others she should have retired years ago. Becomes obsessed with defendants, digs in teeth like a pit bull. You'd think she was still a prosecutor instead of on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2896
Bitter, angry, lazy, did I mention bitter. Should have retired years ago, except she has no friends or hobbies, other than staying here and torturing the rest of us...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2870
Known by her colleagues as Justice Lamar Lamont (remember the coffee commercial where the judge sits in chambers drinking coffee while the bailiff keeps calling). Slow, lazy, mean spirited. If you accept a trial assignment here you are committing malpractice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA552
She is not shy about showing her disdain for lawyers or parties who seem ill-prepared, but she will reward you if you work hard and your briefs give her all the tools she needs to make her decision.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA172
Bitter and unpleasant. Needs to retire.