Hon. Stephen W. Baker

Judge Baker's Average Overall Review:

1 Stars

Based on 13 reviews

Reviews

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2402. witness

This Judge was angry and very aggressive. He was also hostile and did not seemed to know what he was talking about. This Judge made a very unreasonable ruling and seemed like he didn't want to be there for the hearing. Galveston County Court should really take surveys from experiences like this because people like Judge Baker who does not have any consideration when ruling. This man should be removed from that position.


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4279. other

This judge is awful and really should have his power taken away. If you are a woman in a custody case, appeal to switch judges as quick as you can (I'm a man and think this). This judge does not follow the code of the law by placing the best interest of the children first. I don't know the reason behind his lack of ethical responsibility to abide by the law but do not let it affect you. Other reviews have said he is hostile and that is very true. His courthouse is as much of a joke as the man behind it. There really ought to be more accountability with our legal system and judges as it's almost incomprehensible that such a person could be given a gavel and the power to dictate the lives of others. He truly has put some children in danger and I honestly don't know how this man can sleep at night.


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507. party to case (pro se)

Judge Bakers court is openly hostile to any mention of jury trial. I was threatened with arrest for telling defendants that they did have the right to demand a jury trial. Gross misconduct, oppression, and manipulation of the public.


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1167. party to case (with attorney)

The judge was not prepared. The judge did not read any of the information ahead of the actual hearing and seemed completely bewildered and unschooled on any of the timely prepared pleadings that had been submitted well in advance to the court. The judge was hostile, angry and often rude to both witnesses causing both the father and mother to break down sobbing during the custody hearing, not from the emotional weight of the testimony, but strictly due to the aggressive and rather hateful questioning of the judge himself. This is quite odd considering in custody hearing judges are rather silent with the defending counsels waging the questions, not the judge. It was such odd and erratic behavior that even my attorney seemed taken aback but knew best to not say anything. It was a horrifying experience and one that any parent should be forced to go and neither parent had issues with illegal substances, alcohol, aggressive abuse towards the child other than neglect (which was an issue on one side, not both), no arrests or other such criminal activity on either side. The ruling was a non-ruling with this judge, having not prepared, taking no responsibility to make a ruling other than to give the custodial parent the option of keeping their child but only if they quit their job, left their current spouse and moved geographically back to where the ex was living. The child is currently with the parent that is forced to either become homeless and move into a shelter or allow the current non-custodial parent to enroll them. The original decree had that same spouse living in another state, so this judge changed the original decree in temporary orders to force one parent to shatter their life for the sake of their child, or allow the other spouse to manipulate the system and keep the clearly neglected child with them for another school year, which was against the original agreement. It was an unconscionable decision and will be contested and hopefully overturned.


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6916. other

Baker granted a dope headed woman her kids with them begging not to go with her. He is the most heartless judge i have ever seen. Waived the drug test on her, Very sad and heart breaking day. i dont know how he sleeps at night!!!


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6922. witness

Never have I ever witnessed such a heartless judge. He was a jerk from the moment he opened his mouth! I have 0 faith in the justice system after I have seen 2 innocent children be forced to go with their meth head mother who testified she would not be willing to take a drug test yet he accepted that and still gave her the children (9 & 12) who both testified the drugs and abuse they have seen and endured. This "man" has no business making decisions on behalf of the "best interest of the children."


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7102. party to case (pro se)

I've dealt with this judge three times. The first time he struck down a final divorce decree that my ex wife and I had agreed to. The second time he awarded custody of my children back to their abusive mother even though the judge was well aware that CPS had taken them from her because of her abuse. Today was the third time. Today, the ex wife claimed I hadn't paid half of medical bills even though she had never sent them to me. The total bills were about 400 that he awarded her plus another $2000 in attorney fees. My ex had absolutely no proof of payment or receipts. The judge placed more emphasis on what the ex wife had to say than what I had to say. Judge baker said this was a criminal hearing, and that I had to be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. There was no proof or evidence. The burden of proof was clearly not met. This judge runs a kangaroo court and violates judicial ethics by having a clear mommy-bias. Judge baker clearly runs afoul of the constitution and the law. At some point somebody needs to hold this judge accountable.


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7123. witness

Really can't give an opinion yet on this Judge. But reading the comments above, I am very concerned with having my friends case heard in this court. It is a case of a neglectful mother and the father is seeking custody. I only pray that Judge Baker has changed since some of the other comments were posted.


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7360. witness

Very straight forward man. I don't believe he reviews and takes time to really consider both parties sides and whats the best interest of children. So many cases come in and out of this court room which is understandable but if he is unable to make a good choice I would suggest requesting a social worker to review the case or a physiologist. He's very quick to judge, make sure if you have anything you need to say you advise your attorney to make time to ask for and any evidence are completely filed neatly and in a binder with an index. Good Luck....


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7545. witness

I'm floored by this judges complete lack of concern for a convicted DWI OFFENDER with children on board, having continued custody of a minor child. He went on the say it was ok to drink up to 4 hours before picking up the child. What doesn't he understand about alcoholism and the danger this puts a child in? "Mothers against drunk drivers" should know about this judge at the next election cycle. Lend your support to this effort by visiting http://www.madd.org


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7783. other

Absolutely awful. Guy is a jerk and not out to listen to anyone! Has his mind made up and he is rude and hostile to everyone. This should be looked at ASAP!


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7122. witness

Really can't give an opinion yet on this Judge. But reading the comments above, I am very concerned with having my friends case heard in this court. It is a case of a neglectful mother and the father is seeking custody. I only pray that Judge Baker has changed since some of the other comments were posted.


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