Hon. Joseph C. Scott See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Mateo County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   9.0 - 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. Joseph C. Scott



Comment #: CA19996
Knowledgeable, highly professional and firm yet respectful and polite.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13056
Judge Scott is a shoot from the hip judge and shouldn't be on the bench. He doesn't know the law, and neither does he make the effort to learn the law because he makes decisions based on whether or not he likes the litigants/attorney. I give him thumbs down.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8735
"Up and coming" judge? Isn't this the guy who is currently on probation for a DUI? Had to resign as Assistant Presiding Judge because of his DUI. Formerly Chaired the SMCo Democratic Party? No practice of note before being appointed as a political hack.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5422
Judge Scott is an up and coming judge who worked in the trenches with many of the counsel who appear before him. He understands the problems of busy attorneys and will do what he can to rule fairly based upon the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5306
Judge Scott is an excellent trial judge. Excellent courtroom demeanor and courteous. Recommended highly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4126
Rating:Not Rated
This judge is a political appointee, and was more a business gatherer than much of a practitioner in private practice. He was head of the county Democratic Party for some time and grandfathered Eshoo and Speier. Not a bad judge, and a bright man out of Hastings, but he seems to rely a lot on his clerks, and to some extent on prosecutors in criminal plea questions.