Hon. Christopher Whitten See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Maricopa County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.9 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 5 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* 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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What others have said about Hon. Christopher Whitten


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: AZ2198
See comments of all one star ratings. I agree 110% with them all. Chris Whitten needs to be fired and not demoted to juvenile court. The poor kids. We’re all at risk with him on the bench.


Comment #: AZ2086
Judge Whitten has proved himself to be very, very versed in the law re: open courts in AZ. As a Court Watcher in his Dependency Court on several occasions, he has been extremely fair. His efforts to get actual evidence out of AZ Department of Child Safety and not rubber stamping what they want is very rare. DCS thru their attorney from the AG office accused Court Watchers of putting out identifying information as an excuse to have the court closed to us...no evidence. Judge Whitten didn't buy their bunk and at next hearing stated he saw no proof or evidence of Court Watchers doing such. He denied their oral motions to close the court.


Comment #: AZ2084
I am a court watcher and have found Judge Whitten to be fair, pays attention and asks questions and for evidence, documentation etc. I give Hon. Whitten a ??'s up as far as upholding due process.


Comment #: AZ1173
Very biased towards fathers. Easily manipulated by manipulative types. Easily wooed by fathers with careers and most importantly repeatedly does not act in the best interest of children. He does not hold fathers accountable who defy previous court orders or who do not act in the best interest of children.


Comment #: AZ662
Rating:Not Rated
This judge runs a circus, does not put the interests of a child ahead of his own bias for fathers. A father with a criminal background, which this judge refused to consider, and who had chosen not to meet his son until court, was given preference over a mother who was working to solely support the child. He was afraid of this ruling which cost the mother a lot of money and resolved nothing. I am thoroughly disgusted with this judge. He emboldened a criminal father.


Comment #: AZ579
This judge is a complete mockery of the entire judicial system. He refuses to follow the law, and is completely incapable of administering justice. His rulings are based on personal bias and prejudice. The best interests of the child do not even cross his mind. It is apparent why he could not make it private practice -- now taxpayers get to pay for his inability to follow the law. Why is it that judges have no accountability for their actions?


Comment #: AZ578
He is hands down the worst excuse for a judge that I have ever seen. If a negative rating was possible on this site, I would pick it instead of a 1. From his sloppy, unkempt appearance to his inability to be punctual, to count, spell or write correctly, to follow the law, rule according to the law or handle complex case issues whatsoever, he is truly pathetic! If you happen to be unlucky enough to get him on assignment, run quickly and fire him immediately. Or, you can always spend two years and thousands of dollars in appeals to finally oust his worthless hide! You've been adequately warned, so appear at your own risk. Trust me, you don't want this guy ruling on so much as a parking ticket.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ577
He is just an excellent and well-informed judge, with no apparent biases, who attempts to do the right thing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ80
Had hundreds of cases in front of him. Great judge.