Hon. Ruben B. Brooks See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
Average Rating:7.5 - 6 rating(s)
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*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=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
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What others have said about Hon. Ruben B. Brooks


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18892
Have had a few cases with him. For reasons unexplained, he clearly held a grudge against me. Had no clue why. He was utterly rude and vindictive. I was truly amazed at his conduct. FWIW, I was successful in both of these cases, but cringe whenever I get him assigned as my magistrate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13657
He is a judge who holds personal grudges. I have a case with him and was nothing but polite and cordial. He apparently did not like my case. It settled. A year or two later, I had another similar case. Brooks was extremely rude to me. He was so rude that I was searching my mind, wondering if I had somehow personally offended him. I had not. He simply did not like the kind of cases that I handled and treated me extremely poorly when I was in his courtroom. I've been a lawyer for over 20 years - - his conduct was about the worst that I have ever seen. Completely unacceptable.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6090
Excellent judge. Pushes to settle but understands that not everything can settle. I agree that he is my first choice in the SDCA. (Although this is irrelevant, he is a great guy, too. One can sit and talk with him "off the cuff" when appropriate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5843
Excellent. My first choice in the S.D.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5250
Decent judge. Probably will never have a strong grasp of the leverage points in settlement talks, but has improved greatly since his first term.