Hon. Brooke C. Wells See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
Average Rating:2.9 - 4 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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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13598
Magistrate Wells was a hard-nosed, tough as nails criminal defense lawyer for most of her career and her sour temperament has carried over to her appointment as a magistrate. She acts as if she is the proverbial gift to the criminal bench! She has one of the worst judicial temperaments and just plain ornery and cantankerous demeanors that I've ever had the displeasure of witnessing. I appeared pro bono publico for a former client in a criminal matter until he could arrange for a defense lawyer. The defendant was disabled, partially blind and walked very haltingly because of surgery and cancer treatments. Magistrate Wells was impatient, rude and became exasperated that I was trying to help an obviously sick, weak and bewildered defendant. I was surprised how quickly she became exasperated and impatient at the very early and preliminary stages of a criminal proceeding. I would avoid Magistrate Wells at all practical costs. She was an effective criminal defense attorney but everything that made her a competent defense attorney makes her a very bad magistrate judge. I know of no other magistrate, federal or state judge who almost literally looks down her nose at criminal defendants and lacks common courtesy for citizens of the United States who appear before her. It as if she finally has the chance to punish the former clients/defendants whom she previously represented. It is bewildering that she hold defendants and their counsel in such low esteem when she is a former public defender. She obviously has no experience in any civil litigation cases and reportedly has the same bully temperament and shortcomings in civil litigation cases. The Utah magistrates are a far cry from the Federal District Court judges. Any litigant is far better off dealing with "real" Article III judges who have temperaments and experience better suited for cases in Federal Court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5772
A former Federal Public Defender, she really has no idea what is going on in complex civil cases, even though she pretends to. So she gives hard decisions in civil cases to her law clerks and then stands out of the way. She has no business whatsoever handling difficult civil or technical matters and should never be assigned anything in those areas.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5756
It is hard to imagine that Judge Wells made it out of law school. She doesn't understand the law, has no sense of what it means to be judicial, and may be corrupt as well.