Hon. William Brotherton See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Maricopa County
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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. William Brotherton



Comment #: AZ1603
Rating:Not Rated
I had a case with him. he was unfair

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ1582
He is an awful judge. He formed an opinion on me and I have tried repeatedly to change it by providing certificates of achievement and good character letters from very respectful and powerful members of our city but to no Vail. He treated me so bad and took my kids away from me for no reason, I have volunteered with them through boy scout, neighborhood cleaning, collecting food for the needy... etc., He was unfair and bias and made derogatory comments about men from the middle-east (and I am one of them)

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: AZ1579
Why the extreme good and bad ratings here? Because 50% of the people win and 50% lose, generally speaking. However, when considering his aptitude and temperament as a judicial officer, he is one of the worst. He thinks that he is a king or deity, and his hubris knows no bounds. He is unapologetic and will just say anything on his mind, no matter how much it exposes his personal bias or lack of reasoning on a matter. He does not issue orders properly and brings confusion to the cases, causing injury to litigants who can't appeal and unnecessary expense for those who must appeal or lose on Brotherton's egregious, erroneous and/or unsupported rulings. Be very wary, because it's his kingdom and domain once you enter. You may want to strike as a matter of right before a ruling is entered. Skip this one, if possible and hope that you don't get Herrod.


Comment #: AZ1540
He refused crucial evidence in court. He did nothing to Father when Father kept daughter from me for about 2 months with no communication amidst the case, which is alienation. He didn't accept my testimony when I was explaining a situation on the stand, twisted terminology so I answered different and wrong on a VERY crucial question, and ordered me to pay for Fathers attorney fees wrongfully.


Comment #: AZ1478
Judge Brotherton is new on our case and is the first judge that truly is looking out for what is in the child's best interests. He wants both parties to be involved and may appear harsh to some but he is an excellent judge with ethical and moral compasses which he abides by. It will be sad to see him rotating to the juvenile court in the summer. Wish we had him from the beginning--I like his style. Honest, practical and open to arguments presented unlike the judges we have had in the past.


Comment #: AZ1266
Horrible angry man...does not read or look at evidence. pre-determines decision before hearing anything.


Comment #: AZ1202
Superb judge with a sharp minded approach. Conducts business in a professional and fair manner. Is able to make rational logistic decisions.


Comment #: AZ27
We just had a case before him with serious domestic violence against the child, with pictures and testimony. He didn't get it. His improper decisions are going to have serious consequences on these young children who are being victimized by adults (including their own parents). This isn't the first time he's ruled against children who have been victimized.