Hon. Paul R. Bernal See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 6 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. Paul R. Bernal



Comment #: CA9435
Nice judge. Treats everyone with respect and appropriate light humor. When I was in his court he thanked a defendant mom for bringing her small son to court and had the boy come up to where the judge sat and let the boy use the hammer. The judge said "he will be a fine judge after law school."


Comment #: CA9430
I was reluctant to serve as a juror, but after my experience with Judge Bernal I felt honored to serve. He is a truly wonderful judge. He made everyone feel welcome, and he listened to both sides before making a decision.


Comment #: CA8012
I found Judge Bernal to be personable, welcomin, appreciative, in control of the court and even handed with the case for which I was a juror.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6941
Worst judge on the bench and in Santa Clara County that is saying a lot. He is still a DA and always will be. Paper this judge is my advice. His favorite tactic is to go on and off the record many times and when he 'repeats' what was said it is completely distorted. Get in limine order preventing this if you are unfortunate enough to land here. How he has a high score on this site is unfathomable.


Comment #: CA4326
Judge Bernal is one of the best judges in Santa Clara County.


Comment #: CA1419
we need honest people with integrity that will stand up to district attorneys when the case just isnt there i also see they erased what people sais because it wasnt in these judges best light


Comment #: CA1416
i dont know why this judge has it in for my family. he clearly doesnt follow the law. he is definantly all prosecutor he was an unethical district attorney i read somewhere on the web.he is now going to try to help a suppossed victim to help fraud my family out of a i phone that was never mentioned in police reports or at our farce of a trial