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


Civil Litigation - Private

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


Comment #: CA8097
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
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
Moody, biased, disrespectful, punitive, tactless, rude, narcissistic. Other than that, she's a good judge.


Comment #: CA6723
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
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.


Comment #: CA3113
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.