Hon. Bethany G. Hicks See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Maricopa County
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Mesa

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What others have said about Hon. Bethany G. Hicks


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Other

Comment #: AZ669
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She ignored the evidence in a case where a child was in immediate danger from a violent boyfriend who had a court case pending for assault. She believed all the lies the girlfriend told her, when there were pictures of the assault, court records etc. The father was sent to jail for non payment of child support even tho he had cancelled checks. This woman is a monster, she needs to be off the bench. What rights do fathers have when their child is in danger- NONE according to this judge!

Other

Comment #: AZ652
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Hicks is a true professional when it comes to parent alienation. She bases her opinions on hearsay and lies. She, in our case, does not have the childrens interests at heart and has done more harm than good. If anyone reads this, I would recommend voting someone else to the bench, the next time around and put someone in who follows the law by listening to truth.

Other

Comment #: AZ649
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Hicks doesn't read the case file, bias towards rules when there is a change of judge with with her superior judge, intentionally loses documents in her division, then. Makes a party payvery little child support, which is fine since my son knows who supports him, his step father and I. Doesn't listen, read motions, doesn't follow family law, nor protects children. She allows dead beats to continue to be dead beats, and abusers

Litigant

Comment #: AZ648
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I have to say that judge Hicks is one of the most right to the point judges I have ever had. She takes the time to see through the lies and deceit about a father and his wife dealing with his eleven year old son. Some people just can't stand to not get there way and others when they don't can see that judge Hicks is right on the mark when it comes to her job. Maybe if people would just be honest in court and stop all the lies then maybe they may start achieving there goals with the honorable judge Bethany Hicks. Kelp up the great work your honor and thank you.

Other

Comment #: AZ647
Rating:1.0
Comments:
EXTREMELY bias judge, puts children in danger along with other family members. Doesn't read motions, exhibits, doesn't follow the family court laws, she picks and chooses which ones to follow. Had an attorney wouldn't even allow attorney in court to show evidence, doesn't matter if you are male or female if she doesn't like the way you look or something you are out, better find a way before your child suffers, . Sad that voters just check the no opinion box when voting not knowing anything about these judges, they should be held in contempt etc when they don't abide by the laws set forth.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ642
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Completely Bias Judge "Pro Women" in Family Court Decisions. Ignores "Verifiable Facts", believes in Hearsay. Doesn't enforce Injunctions, Motions for Contempt, Compel (number of documents still pending in the Discovery Process) or Sanctions (Allows Perjury) to go unpunished. Quoting; Judge Hicks Verbatim “The trial in this matter was conducted on 2013. During the proceedings the Court “heard from the witnesses”, includes the parties. The Court has since considered the evidence, including the demeanor of the witnesses, has reviewed the exhibits as well as the case history, and has considered the parties ”arguments”. Judge Hicks allowed “Unsworn Testimony” in this case, without affording the Petitioner and his consul the “Right to Cross-Examine these Witnesses”, this is a Clear Violation of Federal, State and Local Laws. Second, they both were never sworn-in inside this Courtroom or front of my consul or me for that matter! Any Testimony from both Witnesses should be Thrown Out as Hearsay!There is nothing worst that having an ex-wife lying, but having a sitting Judge over these proceedings committing the same act, distorting the “Truth” and then inflating figures from “Exhibits”, is beyond me, to justify Judge Hicks findings would be to commit (Perjury)!As for Judge Kicks background, she was a Criminal Judge, but didn't not see the Respondent as a Criminal, for Tax Evasion and Tax Fraud, believe that a "Women" don't lie, Well Judge Hicks just "Perjured herself in this matter!

Other

Comment #: AZ634
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I currently have a case pending in this Judge's courtroom, so I don't want to give too much away in case she figures out who wrote this. I have had several hearings that begin at 9 a.m. All the people involved are there. Court staff is there. But the Judge never ever ever starts on time. She will come strolling in the courtroom usually around 930 a.m. Sometimes she will give us the bull excuse that she's giving us "time to talk". I have also had hearings other times of the day, and she never tries to give us time to talk. I wonder if she thinks we are stupid and we can't figure out that she just can't bother to show up to work on time? Guess what, my attorney charges $200 an hour. So that 1/2 that he's sitting there with me and she's not there, I still need to pay for that. So it has literally cost me hundreds of dollars. And since I can't and/or won't say who I am for fear of the ruling she might make, I can't file a complaint with her boss. We have also got papers back from the court on some of her decisions that she has made. I'm not saying I should get everything I want, not by a long shot. But it is also very clear by reading the stuff she puts out that she doesn't read her stuff thoroughly. I know this person has been a judge for a really long time. I wonder if she reads these? If she does, hey, lady, maybe it's time to retire and give someone else a chance. You certainly don't care of you can't bother to show up on time EVERY DAY!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ605
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Judge Hicks tries desperately to assist litigants and attorneys who do not understand either the law or the rules. She is remarkably even-handed in dealing with men and women, and works diligently to apply the law in the way that it was intended, despite knowing that at least one of the parties will be angry with the result. We need many more judges like Judge Hicks.

Other

Comment #: AZ603
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge should be removed from the bench. She doesn't require parties to file the correct documents, doesn't read motions, and doesn't follow the Arizona revised statues at all, when they are very clear and well-presented in motions. Hearings should be set, and evidence allowed to be presented, instead of her just ignoring everything that she sees. From what I have personally seen, she needs to be removed from the bench, and voters need to become more educated on judges and begin to vote correctly before more people become victims of this type of justice.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ586
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is very biased, and doesn't read motions. She allows an eleven-year-old-boy to stay in a studio apartment on weekends, overnight, with his father and a wife who has had her rights severed from her own children by the State of Arizona. She will not protect victims of domestic violence, even with an affirmed order of protection. She will order joint legal decisions, which is against state law. She will not make the other party file the correct paperwork, and doesn't order back support. Change judges if you get her, whether you are a mother or a father.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ567
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Clearly, she is anti-men in Family Court matters. I filed contempts and motions, but she ignores and/or bends the rules of the Family Court in favor of women. It looks like more appeals will be in order.

Other

Comment #: AZ560
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is very biased towards mothers, and if you're a father representing yourself, she will ignore all evidence and go with the mother and her attorney.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ556
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Bethany Hicks is the worst judge and should never practice in family court ever again. She is biased and lacks the ability to be objective. I'm in the fight of my life because of this judge, and I can tell you I will not let her take my baby from me and put him in the hands of his abusive drunk dad.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ517
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge is a detriment to the equalization of parental rights, as well as the best interests of everyone who sets foot in her courtroom. She entered orders modifying legal decision-making authority and parenting time during a telephone status conference and no petition to modify pending before the court and walked out of the courtroom when I challenged her legal authority to do so.

Other

Comment #: AZ505
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This is not the rant of a disgruntled litigant -- it is, rather, my opinion based on my recent interaction with this judge. Judge Hicks is not a good fit for Family Court. She is unaware of the facts of each case, and is often swayed by emotions. She is not the sort of person that should be in a position to make decisions about children. She makes emotional decisions based on evidence that should not even be allowed. My suggestion to anyone that has Judge Hicks is to figure out a way to work it out with your fellow parent. It is not my intent to ruin anyone’s career, nor do I think that one person’s opinion on a review site will have that sort of power. Winning or losing a case is irrelevant; the well-being of the children involved is all that matters.

Other

Comment #: AZ493
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Having read some of the reviews, I have to say that most of them appear to be from the same disgruntled litigant. This is simply someone who didn't like the judge's ruling in their case, plain and simple. Judge Hicks is known throughout the system as a caring person whose first goal is to follow the law. She favors neither side and in court her intent is to do what is in the best interest of the children. In civil court, she is thoughtful and precise in her rulings. Anyone who has appeared in her courtroom, who judges her fairly, will tell you that she is impartial and honest.

Litigant

Comment #: AZ477
Rating:1.0
Comments:
You had better figure out how to make her like you personally the first time you appear before her otherwise you are toast. She ignores the facts and rules according to which side she likes better regardless of the facts. Despite proven perjury she stated in open court that "this is family court not criminal" and refused to even consider the perjury evidence.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ471
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Although the client did not succeed to the maximum extent, she understood why the judge ruled as she did and agreed that it was fair based on the evidence. As an aside, my experience is that Judge Hicks is rarely appealed and when she is, she is almost invariably affirmed Clearly she knows the law and can apply it to the facts.

Other

Comment #: AZ470
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Exceptional job. The judge had fully reviewed and was familiar with the file.
Her rulings reflected thoughtful analysis of the testimony and sensitivity to the "right" decision under the circumstances. It is unfortunate, but presumably understandable, that some of the litigants in dissolution or post-trial decree proceedings would be unfamiliar with the law or the judge's responsibilities. It is nice to be in front of a truly capable judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ463
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Hicks is the definition of a great judge. She is prepared, knows (and cares about) the law and applies it properly to the case at hand. We need more judges like Judge Hicks.

Other

Comment #: AZ460
Rating:1.0
Comments:
During our divorce she praised my ex's "honesty" for her filing in under 30 days in the wrong county. During our hearing she didn't want to hear any of the circumstances of the case. She just awarded the house to my ex because she thought it was fair. She also then gave my ex my protected address, breaking the protection order from another judge. Right after she made her ruling two Federal marshals arrested her for varying charges in front of her. So good job Hicks! You just awarded the house to a pedophile/prostitute and putting those same children in danger! Great judgement of character and person!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ424
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Disturbingly unprofessional.

Other

Comment #: AZ423
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She would not allow me to speak in a custody hearing. My ex had a lawyer and she was very unprofessionally flirting with the attorney. We had 3 people that witnessed it with us and were astounded at such unprofessional behavior, especially with such a serious matter like the safety of the children. she then ruled without out any of my proof, testimony or witnesses could speak. My husband asked if he could address the judge (since he was a main subject in this case was against him) She became overly emotional and said that she wanted it noted my husband could not control himself and removed him from the court room. My ex husbands girlfriend began to clap and 'woot' at this order. I asked why she was not being removed for such blatant inappropriate bias in a case, she told me to 'Shut up!' Which was very unnecessary for a judge to say to a Defendant or anyone in a professional environment. I would assume ANY professional judge would find that cheering in a court room is way more out of line than asking to address the judge! She then asked my ex husband what he wanted and granted it. I was never even address in the matter of custody. I have seen unprofessional civil/government employees but her behavior was shockingly inappropriate and has endangered my children. After just 2 weeks in his care (after him not spending more than 15 times a year for dinner and a movie by his choice) He does not know the childrens health issues, personalities or anything about them. Out of no where he wanted the kids when he hadn't wanted them for 8 years. I am still stunned at such blatant disregard of the actual situation and the safety of 2 children that are now in a VERY unsafe environment.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ182
Rating:9.4
Comments:
Excellent judge. Does not suffer fools gladly. If an attorney or pro per is unprepared or trying to b.s. the court, he or she will not fare well in Judge Hicks' court.

Other

Comment #: AZ169
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's time to be silent no longer....


Judge Hicks is an embarrassment to the honor and objectivity of the Maricopa Superior Court and should be replaced in the next elections. (I understand that a grass roots movement has already begun).

ACTUAL CASE EXAMPLE:

AZ is supposed to be a community property state. I witnessed her in family court and she took a good provider yet down and out (former executive) man and gave 50% of the assets to the wife, and his 50% to the wife as well (their total net worth of approximately $1M). She judged him on income 10 years earlier for child and spousal support, before becoming alcoholic. There was no violence in the relationship. Hicks left the husband destitute and homeless and sent him back into his addiction. After his recovery (on his own, no thanks to her) and getting back on his feet (never to the same level) and 10 years later the husband has paid all his child support, yet is still paying (diligently) his spousal support. He went from President of a consulting firm to car salesman and humbly continues to pay.

After 10 years, he has now completed all his child support and not missed a payment. He will be finished with the supposal support after a total of 15 years when he turns 65 (outrageous)! With savings & 401k exhausted to meet payments, he will also probably die a poor man and dependent on the system. The wife has since gotten a good job in Scottsdale and uses the spousal support as a bonus /supplement to her income (of course no incentive to get married again).

I guess Judge Hicks was trying to make her mark and a statement (being relatively new in familycourt at that time) as a tough judge. Mission accomplished. His lawyer said that “In 26 years of family court representation, he had never seen such a one-sided judgment”. At the time, the man did not have the $1,000 retainer to appeal the decision because all incoming monies were frozen ($15k per month, $12k given to her, $3k to him, before the ruling). He also had to pay for HER attorney fees! In the end all Her Honor did was destroy a family.

Today, the children are grown and in their 20’s. They believe that all of good things in life (money, etc) came from the mother and today will not speak to the Dad. The Dad has paid over $200,000 in child support (college, etc) and spousal support through the clearinghouse in the last 10 years. He is scheduled to pay another $140,000 in the next 8 years of spousal support. Well, Judge Hicks certainly made a statement.

Of course, a couple of years later, the outrageousness of her ruling was later modified to a somewhat reasonable level by a Judge who did his homework. So sad. Here’s the good news Judge Hicks, you will be pleased to know that today in 2011, the wife is doing just fine.

Other

Comment #: AZ159
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I may not be qualified to comment on Judge Hicks’ knowledge of the law, which a few other posters have criticized on this site. But as the father of a child who’s been battling drug addiction for a few years, I can say Bethany Hicks brings something to the judicial system that’s sorely lacking in other Maricopa County courtrooms: heart. In my experiences with other juvenile court judges, I’ve found that most are simply focused on finding a legal reason to lock up troubled juveniles; to remove them from society until they’re of legal age and therefore will no longer be a burden on the juvenile court system. Judge Hicks, however, appears to truly care about the futures of the juveniles who stand before her. Rather than ship each child off to one of Maricopa County’s inadequate juvenile detention centers so he or she can learn to be an adult criminal, she appears to take into account the child’s individual circumstances and makes her decision on what she feels will most likely benefit the child. Her interest isn’t as much in punishing children as it is in REFORMING them—which is what the judicial system was originally designed to do. Sure, there will always be a percentage of defendants who are destined to be repeat offenders regardless of others’ efforts to turn their lives around—but one has to wonder how many potentially productive, fruitful lives were nipped in the bud by judges who lost sight of these facts: Defendants are people; people—especially juveniles—make mistakes; and people can change. If more judges would just take a minute to look up from their legal books and realize these common truths, as Bethany Hicks does, society would likely be much better for it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ107
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Albeit all smiles and congeniality in the courtroom, Judge Hicks is quite simply an incompetent Arizona civil docket judge. She is routinely one-sided, egregiously unknowing of the most black letter of Arizona law, and prone to disregard stare decisis. She is one of the least benightedly unintelligent adjudicative life forms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not to be able to avoid arguing in front of.

Other

Comment #: AZ93
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If Judge Hicks is an example of the judges sitting on our courts, we are truly headed for a down fall. She is an American tragedy. She may always judge against women in her court, but she will most definitely rule against brown faster.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ72
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Judge Hicks really cares about the quality and integrity of our judicial system

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ64
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Entirely setting aside comments about judicial demeanor and leanings, the greatest concern about this judge is a dual concern about profound lack of knowledge of the law and procedure, and constant efforts to cover up and compensate for it. I have been on the winning side of her rulings for two years but she still doesn't know about the case, the law or how to get to a conclusion.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ61
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Extraordinarily conscientious. Does her homework diligently. A gem. Disliked by inexperienced and unprepared counsel.

Prosecutor

Comment #: AZ55
Rating:1.2
Comments:
I have seen her in court several times. She will always rule against women in her court when there is a male opposing counsel. Kind of hypocritical, since she is a member of AWLA. She is ignorant of the law and does not care if she is wrong and will never admit it.

Other

Comment #: AZ28
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Hicks has a true commitment to the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ12
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Exceptional concern for doing justice.