Hon. D. Scott Daniels See Rating Details
Superior Court
Solano County
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.2 - 3 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. D. Scott Daniels


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA39738
I tried a 50-day bench trial of a business dispute with multi-million-dollar stakes before Judge Daniels. The pandemic stretched that trial out over 18 months that occurred after pre-trial practice that spanned over a year. In about three years of regularly appearing in his courtroom, I found him to be fair, evenhanded, and patient to a fault. I also found his staff helpful, attentive, and effective.

Judge Daniels does an excellent job of calling balls and strike and on those occasions where I believed he got one wrong (generally by overruling one of my surely well-placed objections at trial) I understood why he was doing it in the end. He will spend the time and the effort to personally understand the law on complex matters, he will know the briefing on your motions, and he will apply the law to the facts before him dispassionately.

In my case, I wish he had been less patient with an opposing party who was truly obnoxious about wasting the Court's time and mine with obvious factual falsehoods and ridiculous legal positions. I also wished that he was more willing to take bold action in orders and findings to rebuke that same party. I know, however, that those traits - an abundance of patience and caution in ruling - are in fact good ones in a judge, even if they frustrated me in my particular matter.

Having tried and argued cases throughout most of Northern California's state courthouses, I rate him as one of the best judges in the region, in a tie for best judge I've been before with four others who share his substantial intellect, work ethic, and commitment to applying the law fairly and making all parties to the litigation feel heard and respected.


Comment #: CA31967
He throws fits, coaches the county plaintiffs, orders unconstitutional searches on children, and is as corrupt as they come.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7525
One of the best Judges Solano County ever had.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6866
Judge Daniels strives to be fair. He is very fair in criminal proceedings. When he was in family court - he was a mixed bag. I think he made custody decision from a gut feeling, and it was hard to read him. He is like most judges - keeps out evidence, under "hearsay" if he doesn't want to hear it, but permits hearsay if he wants to hear it.