Hon. Craig Iscoe 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. Craig Iscoe



Comment #: DC516
Iscoe is a biased, egotistical ill-tempered judge. He decides the outcome before hearing the case and seems to think he has the right to disrespect litigants. His partiality seems based on external factors and he does not seem worthy of the respect he demands of anyone standing before him

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: DC515
Wow, the previous commentator nailed it. This guy is really erratic. He will yell at people at the top of his lungs. In years and years of practice, I have only seen a couple as crazy as this guy. Feel sorry for the clients.


Comment #: DC509
Just another DC hack transferred to family court who thinks the $29 robe he bought bestows infinite wisdom. He looks and acts hungover, and is truly incompetent. Settle! Don't go before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC355
Judge Iscoe knows what he will do before attorneys can make their cases. He is rude and sarcastic and doesn't understand certain areas of civil jurisprudence, and apparently has no interest in reading filings which might prove helpful in making an informed decision.


Comment #: DC287
Rating:Not Rated
Not a bad man but has a reputation for being moody and for jumping to conclusions. when he's in a good mood he can be very pleasant, but catch him on a bad day and he'll really go off on you and make facial expressions. it's unpredictable. ive seen him go off on others and its quite petty for a judge that has potential to be so much more. i think he's very sharp, but easily manipulated at times by his staff and lets them do too much of his thinking. frankly, its unbecoming of a judge. i learned from a friend that used to work for him that he really goes to bat for his staff, even when they are wrong so be very careful of making any enemies of the law clerks or courtroom clerks. I was told that all the clerks had to do was tell on the attorney and he would go off on them, particularly criminal defense CJA attorneys or PDS. staff definitely picked up on it and use it to their advantage. shocking that a judge could be so arbitrary but it was coming from an inside source who had no reason to lie-indeed he benefited from it. totally changed by perception of him as a polite, sharp individual who cares about making the right decision.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC225
Disregard my comments from January 27. Judge Iscoe was having a bad day when I appeared before him, and I was having a bad day when I wrote the comment. The judges have a hard enough time without having to read anonymous whining(if they choose to). I wouldn't want their job for all the money in the world. I put a second rating of all 10s that I hope will balance out my previous rating, until I figure out how to remove it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC220
In 30 years of practice, I don't know if I've ever appeared before a judge with so little intellectual curiosity. He'd made up his mind on how he was going to rule even before the ISC and tried to rule on a motion to dismiss before I had a chance to file an opposition. He reluctantly decided to forebear from granting the motion at the ISC, but later gave the impression that he didn't bother reading my P&A, simply citing the opponent's without any mention of mine. I've heard anectdotally that he has a high reversal right. About the only good things I'd say about Judge Iscoe is that he takes the bench on time and is pleasant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC61
Smart, hardworking and even-handed.