Hon. Raima H. Ballinger See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Sonoma County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.9 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Raima H. Ballinger


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Other

Comment #: CA11358
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Ballinger is a disgrace to the Drug Court system and that in itself should be a crime because we need more programs like this. Drug Court works if you have a judge that has compassion along with upholding the law and carrying out consequences. She has a few people she likes and gives them chance after chance after chance and then picks on others. Clearly discriminatory behavior and a bully. I've sat in Drug Court hearings and there are more DC clients in the box than sitting in chairs out of custody! Also, there were dozens of bench warrants! No one wants to show up because she doesn't give a damn about the clients. Shame on Sonoma County Court System putting someone with a nasty arrogant attitude in the position of judge. She's ruining lives. Get her out now!

Other

Comment #: CA11270
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
THIS JUDGE IS A REAL PIECE OF WORK!SHE BREAKS THE LAW WHEN DEPOSED SHE COVERED EVERYONE THAT WAS EXPOSED TO LYING IN A CASE AND LAWYERED UP BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE INNOCENT DONT NEED LAWYERS! SHE PROCEEDED TO HARASS ME, AND ALLOW HER JUDGES TO AS WELL HER BEING THE PRESIDING JUDGE SHES A REAL ACCOMPLISHMENT.... 3 MONTHS INTO HER TENURE AS THE PRESIDING JUDGE SHE GOT A COURTHOUSE WALK OUT / STRIKE, SHE SO GREAT! DISGRACE TO HER PROFESSION!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9576
Rating:2.3
Comments:
A light-weight who thinks she knows best.

Other

Comment #: CA8097
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is rude, condenscending, and has no respect for the law. She does what she wants. She laughed at me when I was representing myself. She doesn't care about the truth. Someone needs to do something about her . . . she is incompetent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7389
Rating:2.9
Comments:
She does what she wants, often without regard to the law or the evidence. Doesn't care about the rules of evidence. Not a good listener, has her mind already made up. Thinks she knows best.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7299
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Moody, biased, disrespectful, punitive, tactless, rude, narcissistic. Other than that, she's a good judge.

Other

Comment #: CA6723
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I thought family law judges were supposed to look in the best interest of the child. That's what judge bertolli when we had him for over five years. Then all the sudden we got raima ballinger. She is rude and arrogant. Her bias against me was obvious since day one and she has ben blatantly punitive when i tryed to speak up. The problem is my child will suffer trauma for a lifetime and is Ajay experiencing anxiety issues from raima taking her off supervised visits with her father and threatening to take custody away from me. She is absolutely disgusting and thinks nothing of my child and is rude to me but seems to flirt with the other party. Should be taken off the bench

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6533
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I too have experienced Judge Ballinger in the court room. Rude and arrogant are very accurate adjectives. God complex would be another. Unfortunately, there is no accountability for judges who makes their own laws, ignore established laws, and are bias.

Other

Comment #: CA3113
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have experience Judge Ballinger in the Court room, and in law school, she is rude, arrogant, and not a good representation of the Justice system, in my opinion.