Hon. Jennifer A. Di Toro See Rating Details

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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. Jennifer A. Di Toro



Comment #: DC536
Rating:Not Rated
Hate her she took my kids away and gave them to my abuser and his mother... Thank god i had a different judge and got my kids back and moved far away from them. Now we are happy and free

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC527
An outstanding Judge. Its just that simple.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: DC460
One of the best judges in the courthouse, by far.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: DC459
Judge DiToro is scrupulously ethical, eminently fair and very, very smart. Exactly what any party would want in a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC406
Exceptional Judge. You could not tell that this Judge has been on the bench for only a few years, because she conducts herself in a seasoned, demure, and thoughtful manner. When Judges are being nominated for appointment, they probably put on their best faces. So you really do not know how they are going to approach their duties as Judges once they are appointed to the bench. Some Judges, once appointed, start suffering from what lawyers call "robitis", a condition whose symptoms include arrogance, impatience, and a condescending attitude towards litigants and attorneys. And these symptoms usually mask lack of judicial ability and understanding.

Judge DiToro does not suffer from the above condition. This woman is freakin' smart. But she is humble. She brings a respectful attitude to the bench, and that humble, firm, and respectful attitude often lowers the friction between litigants, and helps to set the stage for parties to think about their issues more reasonably. When the parties think more reasonably, you get better outcomes, whether they be by settling their cases, or where the Judge has to decide the matter.

Judge DiToro is an asset to the Bench of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC397
I was outside Judge DiToro's courtroom a week or so ago, waiting for my client's case to be called. I saw a litigant leave her courtroom with his attorney. It appeared from their conversation that the Judge had ruled against him. I heard the litigant say to his attorney who advised his client to file a motion to ask the Judge to reconsider her ruling, "No, leave it alone. At least she was fair about it." Wow! What a compliment to a Judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: DC395

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC389
I have appeared before Judge DiToro on several matters. I have had trials and other contested hearings before her. She has ruled both in my client's favor in several matters, and against my client in others. I have argued cases before at least 32 of the active Judges in Superior Court, a number of Senior Judges, and have argued before at least 6 of the currently sitting Court of Appeals' Judges. The point is that I have a good grasp of how Judges approach their tasks as jurists. In my opinion, Judge DiToro is exceptional. I say this for three reasons. First, she brings excellent temperament to the bench. She has a calming and respectful presence in the courtroom. Second, she reads the file in advance of hearings, so she comes prepared to decide matters, and often suggests to litigants and attorneys alternative ways in which to think about sensible resolutions to cases. Third, she decides cases based on the law, and uses reasonable discretion in construing the law. And more often than not, she endeavors to explain her decisions in ways that are easily understood, by both lawyers and pro se litigants. These qualities, in my opinion, make her an exceptional Judge.