Hon. Neal W. Cerne See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
DuPage County
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
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General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Neal W. Cerne


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Other

Comment #: IL1518
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have had a completely disastrous experience with Cerne. NOT because I have a bad attorney. NOT because the merits of the case were not in my favor. RATHER, because Cerne chooses to benefit the father, an attorney practicing in Cerne's own courthouse. He has no interest in protecting children. I have no explanation for this other than CERNE IS BIASED AND A VERY BAD JUDGE. He does not even follow HIS own recommendations. He lacks sophistication and knowledge of financial matters and is simply NOT SMART. Cerne is LESS THAN a poor excuse for justice.

Other

Comment #: IL1517
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Justice should be served based on the facts not who is aggressive. Petitions, affidavits and witnesses are presented so that the judge can understand full picture and the background of the case. It is the judge's responsibility to read all the material presented, differentiate between facts and false evidence and have a just sentence. Cerne failed to do so and sided with his buddies AND dragged the case for the clients to settle instead of give his ruling... A total loser. People come to court for justice not to settle and fill his and his buddies banks...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1516
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Cerne settles hearings in his chambers and forces decisions that are not agreed to. He is unjust and should be removed. A real loser!

Other

Comment #: IL1514
Rating:7.0
Comments:
I have had both Konetski and Cerne for Judges in this courtroom. I found Judge Cerne to be a better listener. Konetski gave into who ever complained and whined the most. Cerne ruled for whoever made the best case. The system is flawed and usually the best lawyer wins. I did better with Cerne due to a smarter, aggressive lawyer. I suggest if your case is going south, hire a Divorce lawyer from downtown Chicago. One who only does divorce and is not a part of the DuPage good old boy club.

Litigant

Comment #: IL1480
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Justice sounds to him like "just as long" as my buddies are taken care of

Other

Comment #: IL1476
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It's about time judge Cerne should apply the law and give fair ruling to the clients respondents or petitioners) rather than favoring his buddy attorneys for inside favors.

Litigant

Comment #: IL1465
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In my Opinion, He is not fit for the court room.
His decisions are based on the attorneys and how much he sees them regularly rather than the facts and the case. I am surprised to see that he don't even remember the basis of any order entered in his court room and he conflicts himself in his statements when we put together the whole case. And, he loves to drag the cases and doesn't care about the impact on the parties or even kids.

Other

Comment #: IL1461
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Neal Cerne was my divorce attorney, and did not support me as his client. I kept on paying Neal, expecting that he would go to bat for me, but that never happened. In the end, he basically gave away custody of my children, and I have realized that he was extremely biased against me, and did not believe the things I told him (in all honesty). Neal displayed unethical behavior on several occasions (saying that he was doing one thing, but doing something else instead, regarding emergency custody petitions, claims of visitation violations, and extreme under-reporting of income), leaving me wondering if he'd received an "incentive" from my ex-husband and his attorney, or whether he was just stupid enough to buy into my ex-husband's histrionics. I ended up standing alone, not knowing what was happening behind my back, and not understanding why it appeared that everyone was so against me. In the end, my health was ruined, I lost my job, and my engagement ended. I still don't feel that my life has ever been the same. A few years ago, my ex-husband was arrested for violent behavior, and suffered the consequences. Too little, too late, but how satisfying to finally have the proof of what I'd been begging Neal to believe for years.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1460
Rating:2.2
Comments:
Not someone who is fair or open-minded in situations that are not what they appear to be!

Litigant

Comment #: IL1441
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Folks were posting valuable comments that were deleted. They tried multiple times but still got removed, i got emails as i am subscribed to it. My only suggestion to fellow victims is to keep your comments professional, short and split it in multiple postings, maybe one for each of your concern. This worked for me on other (media) postings, hope it works here too.

Litigant

Comment #: IL1439
Rating:1.0
Comments:
i am a victim of his injustice too. He supports and goes by the attorneys request and SUGGESTIONS he sees daily or often in his courtroom rather than decide what's best for the parties. He extends the cases unnecessarily without any regard to the impact on the families.
Attorneys from his courtroom including those whom he appoints like counsellors, gals work like a syndicate extorting money from clients and this judge does nothing to control it.

Other

Comment #: IL1434
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I wish I had seen these comments before my daughter's pretrial hearing. This judge does not look at facts or case law before he tells the woman what a wonderful life her (abusive) husband was providing her. He must be removed. If there is a way I can help with that, please contact me.

Litigant

Comment #: IL1404
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
There is an insidious incestuous relationship amongst those who practice in DuPage County Family Court. Former spouse, an atty who practices in DuPage County, and I both have $. Former spouse has lost control of his victims (me and kids) so continues to exploit the court system to abuse. He blatantly perjures himself in open court and Cerne looks the other way. He continues to breech the divorce contract and is not held accountable. He thumbs his sociopathic nose at the legal system and Cerne acts as if he is his accomplice. It is egregious and willful behavior, Victims are re-vicitimized and the whole system needs daylighting. This Dupage county cabal has turned this into an 'injustice system' and must be stripped of their credentials. These horrible people need to go. Everyone, particularly the attorneys, endorsing Cerne should be investigated. Reach out to the media. Continue to beat the drum. Don't stop. Something's gotta give.

Litigant

Comment #: IL1401
Rating:Not Rated
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Judge Cerne dismissed my daughter's petition with prejudice, to vacate the marital settlement in 5 minutes without having read her petition and without giving her the chance to respond. I have written several letters to chief judge and the presiding judge of domestic relations asking to bring petition before one of them to vacate Cerne's order. I even sent the transcript. No response at all. Because Cerne's ruling is void ab initio because Cerne committed fraud on the court. When an order is void ab initio you can bring it back at any time in any court. Statute 2-1401(f). A well known Dupage lawyer told me you cannot attack a judge in Dupage County unless you want to be ostracized. So my daughter will refiled in Cook County. I got right through to presiding judge who said I could bring the action in their court. You can't give in to Cerne. I am in contact with investigative reporting at the tribune to expose the Dupage Court and Cerne! Wish me luck!

Litigant

Comment #: IL1381
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I'm reading the post by all these parents and I'm feeling outrage and now know I'm not alone. His logic and knowledge of the facts are missing.Sad

Litigant

Comment #: IL1376
Rating:1.0
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Terrible excuse for a judge. Tears families apart and puts innocent children in the custody of parents who alienate and bully. Facebook- Victims of Cerne Support Group

Litigant

Comment #: IL1339
Rating:Not Rated
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Judge Cerne is provided irrefutable proof of abuse but does not care. Instead uses his feelings to determine the outcome of a case. He is not at all concerned about the welfare of children or families. He is part of the good ole boys club and where that as is badge of honor.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1338
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Refraining my statements

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1337
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Often it is so painful and draining, that taking action is an overwhelming effort. Judge Cerne's unreasonable and destructive decisions have head devastating psychological and financial effects on the well being of minors as well as the stable parent, while allowing for the destructive parent to run his courtroom. Cerne has proven to be an incompetent boob at best, and it's hard to say what at worse. He continues to prove over and over his own disregard his own prior statements made in support of the best ruling for the minor, thus keeping the litigation bucks rolling in, and the law. This system is an institutionalized sham, stealing from the injured and into the system's coffers. How does all of this money get divvied up?...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1335
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Should not be a judge. Citizens lives are at stake for which he has little regard. Puts what he thinks before the law.

Litigant

Comment #: IL1334
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge substitutes his own prejudiced opinion for the law. Little regard for whats right.

Other

Comment #: IL1333
Rating:1.0
Comments:
prejudice intention. You got that right.

Other

Comment #: IL1308
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Hey Cerne!! Wake up....these "mothers" in this article should lose their kids....not the women before you with whom you illegally stripped custody from. I look forward to the day you're disbarred. You are the joke of many on that floor

She couldn't find a sitter, apparently.

Police arrested a woman at an Oklahoma City bar and grill on Saturday after restaurant workers became concerned for her infant's welfare and called authorities.

According to KFOR, 33-year-old Catherine Durham stopped in for drinks at Louie's Bar and Grill in Oklahoma City. Witnesses report that Durham said she had been drinking at several different bars in the area before stopping at Louie's, where she had two more drinks and began behaving in an intoxicated manner that caught the attention of restaurant staff.

When Durham attempted to leave, the manager followed her out and tried to call her a ride. She was shocked to discover, however, that Durham wasn't alone on her bar crawl: there was an 8-month old baby in a car seat in the back of Durham's car. The baby had apparently been there the entire time Durham was inside Louie's.

According to the arrest report, the manager then attempted to take Durham's keys. Durham responded by fighting back and grabbing the manager's hair. Police arrested Durham for child endangerment and the infant was placed in protective custody.

Several other parents have made the news lately for not properly caring for their babies at restaurants. Last month, an Ohio couple arguing over whose turn it was to watch the baby abandoned the child at a McDonald's. Earlier this year in San Diego, a woman forgot her 5-month-old baby while shuttling between two different donut shops.

Prosecutor

Comment #: IL1261
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poL7l-Uk3I8

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1251
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is not just a bad judge. He is a bad man who purposely hurts the women who come before him with fabricated legal decisions.

He does not provide any legal justification for his orders, just some tag phrase.

He should be punished, not just sanctioned or reprimanded, for his gross violations of the law.

Other

Comment #: IL1231
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is the worst judge I have seen so far.He has a prejudice mind and doesn't apply the law.

Has anyone filed a complaint against this judge ?
Share with us. Encourage others.

Other

Comment #: IL1222
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Someone must take an action please. He must be removed!.

Other

Comment #: IL1221
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Surprise surprise....just heard about another woman & mother who was stripped of her children and given to her ex by Judge Neal Cerne. Since when does a complete stranger, a judge with minimal expertise in child psychology, thinks HE is in a better position to decide "what's in the best interest of a child"....he didn't bring into the world?!?

Other

Comment #: IL1206
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is extremely biased. He needs to go.

Maybe we can all work together on getting this judge removed.

To the person who asked for contact information, please check your inbox.

Other

Comment #: IL1203
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am very interested in hearing about your cases in an effort to remove this judge, particularly if the judgment was overturned in an appeal.

This man must be removed.

Please Leave your email address in your rating so that I may contact you or contact me at removejudge at gmail dot com. You will need to insert the proper character to make the address workable. My sincere thanks and help us to prevent this man and his unsound judgments.

Other

Comment #: IL1163
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
It's time to expose the injustice! If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Judge Cerne needs to be removed!

http://www.illinois.gov/jib/

Other

Comment #: IL1143
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Neal Cerne is biased and causes children and families to suffer. He sits in the court room rolling his eyes and dismissing key evidence at the cost of the working family. It is obvious that he is prejudiced.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1140
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How do you file formal complaints against this Judge?

he is incredibly biased, with a terrible temperament and a complete lack of legal knowledge. He refuses to look at any evidence presented.He has to go before he destroys more families.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1127
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dishonorable, biased and incompetent.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1085
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Is it possible that Judge Cerne and Judge Konetski were separated at birth? Same courtroom....same blatant disregard for the law. Move along Judge Cerne. You've padded your pension robe enough now.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1083
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Are you kidding me!? This judge tears families apart, and does NOT go by the letter of the law. He utterly disregards the family. He says that he is a Christian man, but does appears to be a judge who disrespects family, especially mother's. A very judgemental judge...so to speak. He seems to be part of a network and the fraternity of a good ol boys that roam the halls of the DuPage County courthouse that do favors for other lawyers, policemen, and any officer of the court. He answers to no one, not even a Chief Judge. He does not involve child welfare OR child psychiatrists EVEN when there are PHOTOS that show bruise. Instead, he makes rulings that tear families apart, for no other serious reasoning, except that he wants people to spend more money on appeals. In essence, it settles the score for bitter ex spouses, who use their free attorney friends to clog up the courtrooms and steal children away from a loving parent. It doesn't matter that children are crying or that they go to a home where abuse, both verbal and physical, continue He seems to not care about parent alienation. He is handed facts, by competent attorneys who do back breaking work to show a true picture, backing up their trials with truth and case law, then leaves people in courtrooms with their mouths hanging open in amazement, as he makes unjust rulings. God forbid that you hire a woman attorney, who know the law, but is not part of the "network" of the game playing peacocks that strut the halls. It's nauseating at best, and disgustingly sad on the other. This man should be shown the courtroom door, or be brought up on charges of abusing the children, that he is legally obligated to protect. It's amazing that even BEFORE a case starts, some people verbalize the outcome. How could that be? Do NOT vote for this man. Instead, do your homework. DuPage County does not need any more frat brothers making rulings. We also don't need months before the next court date or status dates, therefore stealing more time from children who need their other parent. We need fair, open minded men and women who respect the law, act with dignity, and honor all who enter their courtrooms. Judge Cerne....we ALL pay taxes here in DuPage County....not just your cronies in Naperville.

Other

Comment #: IL1062
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I don't know where to begin. This man just destroyed my life & ripped apart my family. I've had residential custody of my 3 children for 8 years, and to skirt responsibility for paying child support, my ex-husband a Naperville police officer, decided he wanted to modify custody. He had his FREE attorney in his corner. I accommodated his schedule to foster a relationship between him & the kids, there are zero drug or alcohol issues, I don't co-habitate with men, my ex-is $9,000 behind in back child support AND has yet to pay one penny from our divorce settlement in 2007! Despite 2 judgements ordering him to do so. Yet because he's a veteran of the police force, coaches sports and loves his kids ( don't we all?!) The judge stripped me of my custody ( he said I often fed them McDonalds for breakfast and they were habitually late for school) my children enjoy Egg White delights, aren't obese or even Fat, but in his eyes, McDonalds is irresponsible as opposed to sugar cereal. And with regards to lateness, I never received one comment from the school, and if my kids were late, so were the other 25 kids stuck in the car line. 8:01 is tardy. My kids are on honor roll, and have no behavior problems. That's it. It's public record, there's no skeletons in my closet, no dirt to dig up. So now I move on to the appellate court. I see them every other Fri-Sunday 6-6 and Wednesdays 3-7 for dinner. I paid for 2 Joint parenting agreements, and my ex never signed them. I'm shocked & sickened. My name is Laurie Geiger, my email is lgeiger4@gmail.com
I'm not giving up on my children. Even drug addicts retain custody of their kids and are given a second chance. What just happened here?!?!

Litigant

Comment #: IL918
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge defers completely to the litigant who can pay his lawyers, and issues devastating rulings against the downtrodden. Divorce attorneys should not be serving as judges.

Other

Comment #: IL864
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He discriminates against women in favor of crony attorneys who practice in his jurisdiction. He is disingenuous in his statements, and dangles carrots to elicit more funds from the plaintiff, only to do a 180-degree turn at hearing time. This is an institutionalized scam.

Other

Comment #: IL862
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Cerne rendered an extremely inequitable and unjust ruling in favor of the criminal defense attorney respondent who practices in this courthouse, and against the plaintiff, his former spouse. It is very clear that the respondent perjured himself on several occasions, and outright stole funds from the plaintiff by not complying with voluminous court orders, and hiding cash and other funds in accounts considered untouchable by the judge. The respondent was not sanctioned equitably, and the plaintiff experienced great financial damage. Judge Cerne went completely back on his pretrial statements at the final hearing, giving the impression that something is greatly amiss in the DuPage County Court system.