Hon. Jeanette Clark 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. Jeanette Clark


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC434
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A DANGER TO THE PUBLIC.
Judge Clark's complete disregard or ignorance of precedent leaves her adrift in any instance where she cannot simply divide the baby. I have never seen her take the caselaw provided in motions briefing and her apply or distinguish authorities to the case at hand. I don't know what her criteria are for selecting law clerks, but they have no idea what they are doing either and she can't help them. There is a complete vacuum of scholarship in her chambers. She needs to be removed from the Superior Court civil docket before it becomes more of a farce than it already is.

Litigant

Comment #: DC433
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Her character as a Judge doesn't need to be protected, it needs to be exposed. Judge Clark does not look out for the best interest of people, children, parents in her courtroom. The people in her courtroom are subhuman to her.

Litigant

Comment #: DC432
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It is a matter of time before Judge Clark is investigated, along with The Chief Judge. As a judge you have a duty to make sure justice is served. That there is to be justice for all, including a child, judge Clark. You have a duty to maintain decorum, in your courtroom AND with yourself. Your courtroom is a circus. You are not fair and make sure justice is served. A call to crongress for an investigation of you, the senior judge and Ed court needs to be made. You have displayed nothing but poor leadership. I feel ashamed for you.. You have taken away from people what was fought to get ....civil rights.

Litigant

Comment #: DC431
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge was appointed in 2002. So for more than 14 years this judge has been allowed to destroy families. In the 14 years of her being on that bench, I know she has received training in how to identify certain elements in cases that qualifies the individuals in the case to get help, keep them protected ,etc. This judge presents as an instigator in a "fight", not a problem solver. Court is a tough place to be in any situation, but when a case inviolves children, you feel alone and afraid. This judge is NO different than the abusive men presenting in her courtroom.

Litigant

Comment #: DC429
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A complaint against a judge should be taken very seriously. The system in this country is no more sophisticated than the third world ( developing countries) we see on television. Judge Clark is a carbon copy of the poor character,no value society of people she sides with in court. She uses her position to intimidate (no different than an official in a third world country). She uses her position to let you know she is in charge. BUT SHE DOESN'T use her position to help all involved in domestic cases. Judge Clark gave my DAUGHTER to her dad. You fail judge Clark. The senior/ chief judges don't look into complaints against their judges, I believe congress (some official ) should know about the state of DC court.

Litigant

Comment #: DC428
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I am still coping with life after Judge Clarke gave my daughter' s dad primary custody of her. Judge Clarke ruled in this case without taking into account the entire case, that involved abuse. I felt then, like I do now, that Judge Clarke fails as a person of authority. She has knocked women's and children's, right to be safe so far back to the Jim Crow period. She doesn't take pride in her job or does she keep in mind the injustice in this country just a few decades ago. SHE HAS THE ABILITY AND THE MEANS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, but she operates in a manner of pure recklessness. My life was not a social experiment, my daughter's life was not, Judge Clark.

Litigant

Comment #: DC423
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Whether she was appointed, elected or placed to serve on the Bench in another manner,Judge Jeanette Clark fails as a person of authority, who can make a difference for good. She allowed the Defendant in my case to manipulate her court room. She gave my daughters father primary custodial rights to my then 18 month old daughter. I have been battling for my daughter's rights ever since. The bottom line is that citizens have a right to notify each other, the Chief Judge and the government in reference to Judge Clark.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC408
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Will do anything another judge has done w/o any thought to the merit of the prior action or the application to the present matter....just needs cover.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC405
Rating:2.3
Comments:
She has a large chip on her shoulder causing her to constantly condescend to others.

She does not follow court rules. e.g. She will rule on a motion before the ten day time period in which an opposing side has to respond to the motion has elapsed.

Litigant

Comment #: DC399
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrible Judge, pro-dc, will not act against despite orders from DC COA

Litigant

Comment #: DC333
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is too old and senile to be a judge. She is biased and does not understand the law. Not truthful, nor ethical, and should be disbarred.

Other

Comment #: DC283
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is the worse. You will not wil if you have her. I sat there and watch her alow loosers that don’t want to take care of their kids pay $50.00 a month for child support and put me and other fathers on $800.00 a month child support. She is one sided and bias towards women. If you have her you will not win. At all.

Litigant

Comment #: DC257
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Unfortunately, judge clark applies the bench the same skills required to be a fast food cashier - choose from the standard menu items. I don't believe she read the statements submitted, failing to address the particular context of my case and she completely dismissed that whole "equal protection" thing and numerous specific laws, instead focusing on one line in the DC code. This is family court judge who could not answer a simple question about child support guidelines. Furthermore, she allowed the opposing attorney to present unsubstantiated and false information without question. Last, she accused me of bringing a frivolous motion that could have been avoided by consulting an attorney first. Well, I had consulted a DC family law attorney, who agreed my issue was legitimate. Sadly, she is just another cog in the system that promotes production line litigation rather than enforcing justice. I'll have a Number 5, please.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC198
Rating:1.8
Comments:
By far the worst judge I have ever appeared before in 20 years of practice. She is so ignorant that even citing the statute didn't get her to the right place and I was giving her a citation that helped THE OTHER SIDE because I knew she was relying on the wrong statute and we'd end up getting an order for a retrial from the DC Court of Appeals if the error were not fixed before trial. The error was that bad, and that obvious. Worse judge ever.

Litigant

Comment #: DC156
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Clark is a moralizer who does not care to know the objective meaning of such words as "purported" or "alleged". She sits in a coutroom without a care for whether she has read a court document carefully and proceeds to push her ignorant reading of it. The difference between a finding of fact and a conclusion of law is lost on her, and she takes umbrage when her second-hand reading is challenged. Not an ounce of critical thinking at work there. She is clearly self-sought moral power without analytical ability.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC144
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The dumbest judge on the DC bench. I asked a colleague if she was as dumb as she seemed. He said "no, dumber". Another isn't sure that the stupidity is just an act.
Can't handle the simplest of matters. Another Howard U - US Atty _ DC Superior COurt Tinker to evans to Chance product.