Hon. Judith E. Retchin See Rating Details
Senior Judge

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Attorney Average Rating:   6.8 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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)

What others have said about Hon. Judith E. Retchin



Comment #: DC158
Retchin found in favor of one party and, a full year later, received a letter in the mail from the party she'd found against, which was now pro se, having previously been through 12 attorneys among four law firms in nearly a decade of litigation. Retchin docketed the letter and responded to it in writing the day of receipt, softening her rulings on factual matters and foreclosing any chance of a response from the other party. Why not? Retchin offered not one reason for her departure from procedures and principles. Not one.


Comment #: DC157
The singular "they" has been device of sloppy thinkers for as long as there have been words to deflect blame. Retchin claimed that "they" assured her or her clerks that a paraplegic would be properly treated in jail, to which Retchub sentenced him, contrary to sentencing standards. "They" did not treat accute respiratory failure, and the ten-day prison sentence resulted in death, by accute respiratory failure. How playful can a judge be with language?

"They" means what? Isn't thought required of someone who wears a robe?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC80
Her written opinions are concise but well explained. Sometimes a bit terse from the bench, but generally does a good job of managing trials. Seems to take a great deal of effort in attempting to be fair and evenhanded, even with poorly represented parties.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: DC26
Very pro-defense and more concerned about how she is perceived by the jury than by justice. No concern whatsoever for the attorneys and their efforts.