Hon. Timothy C. Batten, Sr. See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
N.D.Ga.  
Average Rating:5.1 - 12 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)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Timothy C. Batten, Sr.


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21201
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Judge Batten is a credit to the federal bench in the Northern District of Georgia. He is bright, thoughtful and decisive. He is an excellent judge for complex civil litigation. He is also very easy to work with in terms of scheduling. He seems to remember what it was like to practice law, which is refreshing in a judge these days.

Litigant

Comment #: 17986
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Pro defense and pro government. I filed pro se, forma pauperias and asked for protection against the defendant. The court ordered that the defendants not be served so that I could not seek a restraining order. Therefore, I am being harrassed while attempting to prepare for his fivolity determination which I know is going to be biased although I filed affidavits of witnesses and defendant is not present on his order. When I questioned why 4 of my cases that are unrelated were assigned to this judge I was told that all cases from Newnan are assigned to him as the presiding judge which I believe is false. If any of you have cases that were not assigned to him in Newnan Georgia Division previous to my filing on march 20, 2012 please advise.

Other

Comment #: 13775
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have never in my life encounter an unfair judge as this one. He is very biased cruel judge. This judge allows his personal relation along with personalfeeling get in the way of doing what is right and the law. He makes up punishments because he is allowed to do so. He isn't a judge of the law he is the judge of what. I set in on his cases and not only did he allow personal feelings of the plaintiff allowed in the court without any evidence. Once the defendant give evidence not just one time but through out the whole trial he said he never seen of it. This judge is so far from the law. Now I see George Bush give him this role. No wonder this is the most unfair judge I have seen in Georgia But I am sure it's more.

Other

Comment #: 11941
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Strong, intelligent decision- maker.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11428
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A real hack. Pick your topic: discovery, experts, substantive issues -- the guy is in deep over his head.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11193
Rating:10.0
Comments:
practical and good humored; need more judges like him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10583
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Lazy, biased, and partisan. A combination that makes him incompetent.

Other

Comment #: 10278
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
My wife was sued by the FTC in 2008 for nothing that her company did but for what one of her partners did at another company. Judge Batten issued an "ex parte temporary restraining order with asset freeze". Without hearing the other side or giving any due process he ordered all of our assets frozen. No money to pay for lawyers and only $3000 for living expenses. The receiver he placed to take over consistently lied under oath and Judge Batten ignored this. He has made more money than he has given back to the consumer. Thats because no one was ever out any money. When it came down to personal assets I only got my half. There was less than $50,000 equity in the house but he ordered me to pay $56,000 for my half or sell the house. After selling and paying fees there will be less than $40,000. This guy is bad news. He can't add either. Oh, the FTC claimed that my wifes agents were "talking too fast on the phone." And though everything I have worked for in the last 30 years is gone, I have never been in the man's court room.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5994
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Maybe the worst judge I've come across in 23 years of practicing in federal courts around the United States -- and that's saying something. Once, he actually ordered that defense counsel serve discovery 7 days before the discovery cutoff and then, to ensure it would be answered, ordered that the plaintiff's response time of 30 days be shortened to 7 so that the defense would get their discovery. What made Judge Batten's order even more remarkable was that the defense lawyer did not even ask for this relief -- Judge Batten just decided it would be a good way to help the defense. As far as motions go, his M.O. is to issue one-sentence orders even for substantive motions -- which violates the standard of every circuit that a judge must at least minimally explain what his/her reasons were for the order so the appellate court can review the order appropriately. Bottom line: this guy prejudges cases and then sets out to punish the side he thinks should lose -- over and over again.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 5104
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
We asked for a jury trial. Not only was it denied, but it took this judge eight months to make a decision based on this case - as it turned out, an incorrect decision, when all we kept asking for was to let a jury decide. When he first received our case, it was transferred from Clarence Cooper, who is a much fairer and more impartial judge.