Hon. Jay W. Ukena See Rating Details
Subcircuit Judge
Circuit Court
Lake County
Ninteenth Judicial Circuit
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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)

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What others have said about Hon. Jay W. Ukena



Comment #: IL1457
He sets illogical recommendations for settlement, then he suddenly changes his mind, wasting everyones time, wasting money creating confusion and frustration. Everything is done behind closed doors, you have no idea if your lawyer represents you fairly or why he ruled correctly. Because he is so inconsistent and flaky, the case drags with no valid reason.

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Comment #: IL1060
Mr. Ukena is not capable of settlement discussions or evenhandedness in divorce court. Furthermore, many lawyers have to tell him what the law says. He's not well schooled. He's angry and his courtroom persona displays he suffers from psychological problems as if he likes the drama. He initiates contempt while coming to irrational conclusions due to not being very knowledgeable about the mathematics of his cases.


Comment #: IL1059
I concur with the negative comments of the one rating of Ukena on this site. As an educator, I am saddened to think that our hard working tax payers have to pay this man's salary. He's so incompetent it's scary. Instead of being a part of the solution, he is part/whole of the problem. He does unconventional things because he does not understand the facts of his cases. And from what I've seen of his court transcripts, he says incoherent things. He makes illogical rulings because "he can". It's just so unprofessional and crazy that someone like him is completely unaccountable for his stupidity and lack of insight. When he does do something in the actual courtroom, attorneys, bailiffs, on lookers just shake their heads and roll their eyes as if to say, "REALLY?" did this guy not hear or understand the facts? Actually, it appalling! The bar association must be made aware of this guy's ineptness.


Comment #: IL903
Rating:Not Rated
This judge is ignorant of the majority of the basic facts of any case, even after four years. He turfs out eighty per cent of trial matters and serious cases. He is biased toward women, even when they are the respondents. He makes inappropriate comments like: "What are you doing with all of your money, now that you went bankrupt?" He rules without reading motions or checking new laws. He disregards statutes from public acts. He disregards his own orders. He is elected, and at this time cannot be wrong. He is belligerent, and interested more in going to lunch than solving the cases. He is disrespectful to pro se litigants and tries to bully people into getting lawyers. He is a disgrace to the robes that he wears.