Hon. Judith Bartnoff See Rating Details
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Superior

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Attorney Average Rating:   9.5 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 1 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Judith Bartnoff


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Litigant

Comment #: DC162
Rating:2.0
Comments:
In Landlord/Tenant Branch of Superior Court of the District of Columbia, judges may be sitting without a complete understanding of or attention to the applicable law, and they may be sitting with the hope of getting through their assigned week or day more quickly than the voluminous caseload would seem to allow.

I think that Judge Bartnoff must be a fine judge in areas of the law that do not involve landlord and tenant matters such as tort law, but I doubt that she is up to speed on the basics of landlord/tenant law, and I believe that she was easily swayed, baffled, and convinced by an attorney who regularly inhabits that branch, in particular one who knew better than to put his client under oath and who substituted his represenations for her testimony throughout his presentation of a new issue.

Please, Judge Bartnoff, if an attorney represents to you that his clients want nothing more than to "upgrade" their property, when they've already stated to a court that they wish to renovate the apartment and cannot do so while the apartment is occupied, please think about the law. Please make sure that the statute and the legislative intent are respected and that the adversary system functions. Constructive eviction by renovation is what the City Council specifically prohibited in the law it passed in 2006, with good reasons.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC94
Rating:9.6
Comments:
One of the best trial judges I have ever seen.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC75
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Excellent judge. Among the top ten judges on the DC bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC5
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Top notch. Lost a trial in her courtroom myself, and while I think I would not have let certain evidence in that she did, she was fair about it.