Hon. Mary Arand See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.6 - 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. Mary Arand


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7772
She is an excellent judge who takes her position seriously and gets the job done.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6935
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Arand is flippant, inconsiderate, and regularly makes legal errors in her rulings. I was in chambers with her on one occasion and happened to glance at her computer screen. She had happily typed a lengthy email about her horses and their boarding arrangement while she was supposed to be considering my client's application for attachment on a $3 million claim. I can think of no better demonstration of her disregard for her judicial duties. She's a below-average judge and I look forward to the day she is transferred off the civil bench.


Comment #: CA6831
Rating:Not Rated
Arand demonstrates aggressive partiality for the defense when they represent a municipality. Arand pre-writes opinions that willfully deny due process and civil rights of plaintiffs failing to read any opposing briefs. Arand might have been a good lawyer, as a jurists she fails miserably to dispense the law as written, citing only that which furthers her agenda or protects the small town she resides in. When faced with a serious conflict of interest, Arand chooses to dispense justice that protects her interests wagering on those she abuses not having the means or intelligence to continue seeking justice. Arand smiles and jokes when she dispenses with another "nuisance" on her calendar and shows a perverse sense of joy when taking advantage of those seeking justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6634
Mary Arand was an outstanding attorney. Everyone had high hopes for her performance on the bench. Those very same supporters have been bitterly disappointed in her performance as a judge. She is openly partial on a personal level. Many of her rulings include legal research in favor of the party she finds sympathetic. Make your briefs emotionally sympathetic, or you will be surprised to find your opposing party has a second attorney in Judge Mary Arand.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5454
My wife and I were treated as we were last class citizens. We tried to disqualify this judge but the Superior Court of Contra Costa Judge Theresa Canepa denied the disqualification. We tried to do it through the Appeal Court (Judges Bamattre-Manoukian, Mihara, and Marquez) and the disqualification was also denied without explanation.

Is there a common denominator here? Has the CA Judicial System gone totally bad?



Comment #: CA5438
Rating:Not Rated
Mary Arand, corrupt judge, is a criminal clown who conspires with court staff and other judges and damages victims and obstructs justice for plaintiffs who are standing for their rights.
She won't let me stand at the plaintiff table and makes a cheap face at me when I approach the table, because she's conspiring with those who flagged my name in court with abusive, destructive accusations.

On top of this she made me pay the criminal defendant who has put me in jail innocent multiple times.

As cheap as she is, she's always showing a cheap face to me and other plaintiffs and victims.

We should make her wipe off that cheap face and leave the courtroom and court forever.

This is not a judge. This is a criminal who became a judge by corruption of this system.