Hon. Anita Josey-Herring 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. Anita Josey-Herring


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: DC525
Judge Josey-Herring is one of the more thoughtful judges on the bench, she is even handed, gives you a fair trial. Judge Josey-Herring is very mindful in sentencing, she is fair, just & equitable.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: DC524
Judge Josey-Herring is an excellent judge. She is always well prepared and she carefully listens to both the government and the defense. Her decisions are fair and well thought out. As a criminal defense attorney, I may not get the result I want but I always walked away feeling like my client was treated fairly.I have never tried a case before her but my colleagues who have say that she gives you a very fair trial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC522
I have been appearing before Judge Josey-Herring for the last 15 years in DC Superior Court, and it is always a pleasure. She is fair and reasonable and gives well thought out opinions for her decisions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC223
Reads briefs, will follow law that is properly explained.


Comment #: DC210
Recent ligitation before Judge Jose-Herring was a waste of time researching and submitting briefs to the court. She is over booked and doesnot read the information submitted. As a result, she confuses the parties argument as rules based on information that she quickly reviews in chambers just prior to hearing a case. This has an impact on her rulings which affects her appearance as competent. Although displays at times a good temperment, her wanting to clear her docket to readily and quickly has resulted in the need to file appeals unnecessarily. I would strongly suggest Judge Josey-Herring to review her case load to assess whether she has enough time to PROPERLY AND EFFICIENTLY REVIEW A CASE BEFORE SHE TAKES THE BENCH TO HEAR IT!


Comment #: DC207
Totally anti-pro se. She does not let you speak. Constantly interrupting and asking if you are a lawyer. In her world only those who know their rights are worthy enough to be respected. In one case she denied a jury trial to two litigants. In that same case she took just about all 25 of the exhibits of the represented party and none from the pro se litigants. The party whose evidence she accepted is called First Mount Vernon, a
company that placed a mortgage with an interest rate of 24 percent and 30 percent
closing costs on a home. Best of all First Mount Vernon claims that the homeowner sold the house to it for no money on the same day he bought the house and obtained a loan from it. First Mount Vernon brought the case to court seeking declaratory judgment because a sales deed had no witnesses other than a notary that works for First Mount Vernon. The person that First Mount Vernon claims it gave the loan to is limited in speaking English. So it appears as though 24 percent interest rates and 30 percent closing costs will be legal in DC soon. As for political she definitely has her hands in the cookie jar. For information on this case call Judge Herring at (202)-879-1574.


Comment #: DC200
Anti-Pro Se, reluctant to make difficult decisions, not fully aware of the cases before her, seems more poltical than judicial.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: DC139
Judge Josey-Herring has a wonderful temperment. Very pleasant. Tries to keep things moving on a heavy docket. The only negative comment is that she is not an intellectual and will struggle with unfamiliar or difficult legal issues. That said, she allows counsel to educate her, unlike other judges who may presume to know it all.