Hon. Howard Sukenic See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Maricopa County
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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=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)
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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ2024
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Now that all the "karens" of the world are getting exposed it's time for this piece of shit to get exposed. With all the problems of systematic racism, this dick licker is part of the system and one of the main issues in society today. This is a male version of a "Karen" in a position of power who supports all the other "karens" to achieve oppression. This is a man who feels inferior around a real man. Howard your a piece of shit, you were born one, remain one and will die a piece of shit. you serve yourself not the people & your face looks like a 100 year old scrotum sack.

Other

Comment #: AZ2012
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Well this judge let my ex wife. Drag out the litigation process she filed a prfitom April 2015 I was never served with her petition September of 2015 sukenic came in the case in January of 2016 I had custody of my son for resasons not to disclose he allowed My ex and her attorney. To. Inform the courts of our agreement and an expert. Opinion with a recommendation to. Let the case get dismissed and reinstated Several times I was just prusing child support that was never modified of enforced by the court after 2 and a half years on the same petition which by rule is unacceptable to give this mother whom did nothing ever. Primary residence after 6 years. If me. Struggling to raise my son. Alone she moves back. She never even completed drug testing and failed court ordered testing he said out child was at the age of maturity. To decide. He just. Turned 8 years old. Her petition. Was dismissed. Again December. 2 because they never submitted the document I signed. And gave to my attorney. March of now 2017 I was just burned 3rd and 4th degree and forced to move. She files an emergency petition. And I had to spend the money I had saved. Unable to work on my attorney. Her petition again. Failed to show burden of proof how ever he reset a 3 hour trial to discuss the issues we already settled. And That was the hearing my son. Was given. To a mother who never did a thing rarely called. And I was ordered to pay support to her. No evidence to suggest it was his best intrest just her testimony.. he allowed her to harass me through the courts over and over then pushied me didn't award attorney fees to me. For all those actions we had to defend. And when. I was literally doctors strict orders could not work. He over looked. My situation. And rewarded her for bad behavior. But then again. It could be fraud on the other party. And It's not really. His order I have been following. He seemed fair at first

Other

Comment #: AZ1981
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
My ex-wife filed an emergency order with the court regarding an argument we had in front of our daughter. Judge Corbin-Steiner granted a hearing. I used my right to request a change of judge and was granted. Judge Sukenic was appointed. I also filed a Motion to Dismiss as the issue was clearly not an emergency and it violated our mediation clause. At the emergency hearing he heard testimony that indeed it was not an emergency.....but ....since my ex had such a hardened position that she can either go to trial or pay the full $1000 for the CAA to be appointed in our case. So .. time to start feeding the court machine right? Although he stated he can not appoint a CAA he recommended Barb Kiffmeyer. We had a telephonic conference a few months after which in he told the opposing attorney that she was a good attorney, but going about things the wrong way. He made his position clear and seemed sincere that he hoped we would work things out as we had another 8 yrs. to raise our daughter...
I have been involved in family court for more than I care too... Although he seemed compelled to feed the almighty court machine, I truly believe he wanted myself and my ex to learn to be amicable in the best interest of our daughter....unfortunately I'll never get the opportunity to see the end result as he rotated into criminal court. Instead Judge Todd Lang took over our case and showed explicit bias toward my ex-wife's new attorney Matt Schultz (her previous attorney withdrew from the case). The rest has been toxic to say the least. One of the biggest problems I see is the relationship between the AZBBHE and the Court. The Court needs to enforce its own orders and stop treating family court as a playground for attorney's and judges (there fraternal brothers) and be a court of equity.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ1898
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Extremely poor and biased. He coached the defense attorney, insulted an expert witness from the top domestic violence institute in the western US, and had his orders written and sitting on his desk before any evidence was heard, including testimony from a teacher that the child was afraid of her father. Highly unethical all around.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1851
Rating:1.0
Comments:
1=WORST

Litigant

Comment #: AZ1758
Rating:9.0
Comments:
One of the best that I dealt with in a decade and a half trapped in "family" court in Maricopa County. Even-tempered, no screaming and arrogance from the bench. Went by the rules. Too bad all the "family" court judges couldn't have a similar temperament. My daughter and I would have been much better off if they all behaved like Judge Sukenic.

Other

Comment #: AZ1697
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Worst Judge ever!! I wish there was a "0" rating because he deserves it.

He gave visitation to a registered Sex Offender that lied the entire court hearing and this Judge never even wanted to hear or see evidence that proved this sexual predators lies! Now innocent children are in the hands of a predator. This Judge came into the 3 hour hearing knowing exactly what he was going to do and wasted everyone's time. He even had to calm the defendant down and correct his disrespectful behavior a few times during the hearing and he still thought it was OK to give him unsupervised visitation when he wasn't using his actual visitation he already had in place.

This Judge doesn't care about evidence and I have a feeling he might be very proDad no matter what the Dad's behavior is with the small children.

He needs to be voted off the bench ASAP!!

Other

Comment #: AZ1663
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The judge that issues no judgements. Just lets cases drag on with no resolution. Does not care what the investigator he requires, that is costly on top of it has to say. What is the point of hiring someone to investigate if you you don't care what they find? Also, totally unwilling to be of any assistance when the other parent does not follow the court ordered custody schedule. Tells everyone to meet at the police station, where you are then told that should not be a drop off point. Does not enforce his own orders. Does not factor in prior domestic violence. Honestly doesn't seem to care about much. Totally useless.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1555
Rating:1.0
Comments:
To bad "0" wasn't an option. This guy either paid for his position or the qualifications have gotten so low they settle with guy's like this. He should take note's from his colleague's. There are some fair judges out there I can testify to that and completely un-biased. Howard is not one of them. Don't let one bad apple ruin your faith in the justice system. Don't give up hope and fight for what is right. Speak up, so when election time comes our voices of the people can be heard. We want fairness and equality. No matter what GENDER you are. Howard needs to learn that. The same judge that he is he may one day get a taste of his own medicine. what if one of his kids were going through a custody battle for Howards grandkids. With out political interference I don't think Mr. Howard would be to fawn dealing with a man like himself.

HONORABLE = people and actions that are honest, fair, and worthy of respect. An honorable person is someone who believes in truth and doing the right thing.

The one quality we all expect.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ1553
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Wow, I agree with these people.. Sorry guys best of luck with everything.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ1548
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree with the comment posted below. If you are someone who does not believe in our justice system, and our "honorable" judges, paid off of tax dollars, this un-honorable judge will confirm your beliefs on the justice system. He serves more as a dis-service and robs you of a fair trial/hearing. He will not consider you unless you pay into the justice system, other wise "we" the people are wasting his time on our own tax dollars he is paid off of. So hiring a lawyer is a must with this judge. Any exhibits displayed need to be simplified to an elementary level because he does not want to do any homework or research. This judge is very biased and simply goes off of old notes most likely from the prior judge that may have handled your case. You will need a lawyer to face this judge to keep him in line or from him taking away your rights and making a good moral decision for you. He will also make you feel like you are a waste of time unless you have a lawyer present. In the mean time your wallet get's hit hard to have an attorney to represent you, just to dumb down any exhibits to present. The judge should be making the best decision for your child, right? Some stranger who knows nothing about you, don't want to know anything about you, can care less about any custody or parenting time you have and the relationship you have with your kids. It will show in his tone, demeanor, sarcasm and condescending attitude. Trust me, take my word please. Because it's not his life. If I were to get the audio recording of my hearing I could point out the lies where the "Petitioner" was telling a bold face lie with a contradicting story. But Howard failed to recognize that. But Howard can't puzzle all the pieces together to catch those lies. Ladies and Gentlemen take my word. I am completely un-biased not because I didn't like the way he handled my case. But also he will make you feel you are a nuisance and wasting his time. My advice is get a lawyer, otherwise Howard will not care what you have to say. This is the type of judge that will make you think he is in this position simply for the compensation and political reasons. Not because he has integrity and holds the justice system in the highest regards.

Side note* look out for questions that will clearly say he did not even review your case. He will ask you questions that you would think he would have some knowledge about if he is handling your case

Although my case worked out in my favor I had to deal with this person and fork out tons of money. Almost forcibly otherwise my case has no value. This is why this comment is un-biased.

He may judge down here. But we all face judgement day in the lord's court someday.


Truthfully,

a sincere female

Other

Comment #: AZ1537
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Did not look into my case at all. I've been through 4 judges due to my ex wife filing motion after motion. All I ask is for him to be fair, which he definitely has not been. Told me I should not have put my ex in "this position" regarding debts owed. Interesting this is, she took my son out of our home and left me. She filed for divorce and is the one who made the decision. But somehow it is my fault. It doesn't help that my ex has tried to get me arrested on 4 separate occassions all of which habe failed. Howard is the one to bend to her if anyone does. Unfortunate but with people as judges instead of laws and policies the system will always be flawed. The worst part is he was trying to "help" her. He wouldn't answer a single question I had but answered all of hers. He even told her what she could do regarding our case.