Hon. John W. Demling See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
DuPage County
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 8 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. John W. Demling



Comment #: IL1273
Wow, we should just let judge Demling handle all Dupage county cases. He already has his mind made up before anyone speaks, so we could save a fortune in Attorney Fees.
I think a first year law student is better able to be fair and listen to facts than this clown.
He is a joke


Comment #: IL1264
Unprepared unreasonable biased judgements in favor of known attorneys and like someone else already mentioned, ruthless and careless with regards to kids best interest.
He should take classes how to preside his cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1072
Ruthless and/or lazy with child visitations. Seems to not care that a child can be negatively affected when not able to visit with father. Extremely biased in favor of women. Unable to judge fairly. He is rude does not let you finish a statement. He is not at all empathetic.


Comment #: IL1065
Not very good. Slow to decide. Cases drag on forever. Biased toward the women in divorce case. Ordered me to pay for birth control for my 15 year old daughter that was not necessary, simply her mothers decision. Made mistakes with our financial papers that resulted in me paying her $4000 more then I was supposed to. Did not divide the time with the children fairly at all.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL971
No wonder he wears a dress ever day


Comment #: IL970
The so called Honorable Demling didn't listen to a single fact, every time I tried to present a new fact, he cut me off in mid sentence and denied my case completely.

He is without a doubt the most biased and unreasonable judge in DuPage. I had to check to make sure he had 2 ears, because he never used them.

It's a shame that when you finally get your case to court, the judge is too occupied to listen.

He is a travesty of justice.


Comment #: IL715
Judge Demling was very fair and listened to all of our facts before he made his decision. I come from a multi-cultural marriage and he took time to understand both sides before resolving the issue of custody. I didn't get everything I wanted but felt that I was treated kindly. My attorney was also pleased with how Judge Demling resolved the case.


Comment #: IL584
In this Judge's court room, you can expect the financial settlement to proceed the custody portion of the divorce, the exact opposite of proper procedure; or at least for the evidence to be shaped (or created) by both attorneys (working as one) to support the desired outcome and to be used as leverage in the custody portion of the proceeding.

In this courtroom, you should not be surprised if the attorney you have retained to represent you systematically undermines your case by withholding legal advice at key decision points and by applying deception and pressure to force substantial errors on the part of their client; all designed to support the predetermined outcome which may proceed the collection of any evidence, if the evidence is produced at all. The attorneys appear to be quite comfortable operating in this fashion in this courtroom.

Either this Judge is completely unaware of what is transpiring in his courtroom; or, he actively participates by allowing it to happen as long as his fingerprints are not traceable to the shaping of the predetermined outcome. I don't know which possibility is more disturbing.

A reasonable question to ask is: Does this judge harbor strong biases against litigants because of their race, ethnic origin, creed, gender or sexual orientation.


Comment #: IL499
This Judge has gross apparent bias in many arenas. He lets his personal bias stand in the way of fair and even handed judgements. His relationships with attorneys and firms is very clear in how he handles cases and critical decisions that deal with peoples lives. Facts are not something this judge cares about nor uses in the course of a divorce case.


Comment #: IL485
Judge Demling has a specific bias towards certain law firms no matter what the facts of the case. He also shows specific bias towards these firms with fees and other items