Hon. Jane H. Mitton See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
DuPage County
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 6 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. Jane H. Mitton


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Other

Comment #: IL1795
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Mitton doesn't really seem to care about facts. All of the previous complaints are 100% accurate. She should do everyone a favor, mainly herself, and step down. DuPage keeps her around because DuPage only cares about convictions. Mitton will have to screw up royally and people have to stand up against her for DuPage to remove her. Just because she has a rep of being feared does not mean she should be able to get away with riding roughshod over the system.

Other

Comment #: IL1792
Rating:1.0
Comments:
There is nothing but comedic value in having the first word in this woman's title be "Honorable." There is nothing funny, nor anything honorable, about this woman's inability to perform the day-to-day tasks required of her job.

For those of you who are unaware of the Sixth Amendment, it reads the following: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."

This woman does not provide a fair and speedy trial. She has made her decision on every single case that she oversees before it even begins. If a ruling benefits the County of DuPage financially, she makes absolutely sure that the ruling is upheld, despite any evidence to the contrary.

If there is an individual who has evidence contrary to these rulings, she will simply not show up and do her job as many times as possible in order to create additional court fees for the defendants, regardless of whether or not they have the ability to afford the fees. She is an absolute disgrace to the judicial system, and it is unbelievable and, more to the point, EMBARRASSING to the judicial system and the County of DuPage that this woman is even allowed to don the robes.

The worst part about all of this is that her reputation precedes her actions. Somehow, the court system has allowed her to remain employed, and worse yet, as a judge, the County of DuPage has allowed her to remain "Honorable" despite her inability to function as an impartial, dutious, helpful member of society and the judicial system. Instead, she prefers to be moody, obstinate, unprofessional, and waste the time of both defendants and lawyers alike as she bumbles through her biased, unreasonable decisions. This woman should be banned from all courtrooms for the mockery she has made of the American people.

Court Staff

Comment #: IL1758
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I cannot comprehend how someone who clearly has a reputation of behaving unprofessionally remains employed by the county. She is condescending, and her thinly veiled disdain for anyone standing before her further enforces the preconceived notions of an unfair legal system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1683
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Awful! The worst Judge a person could ever be in front of even with the best lawyer!

Litigant

Comment #: IL1682
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Observing Judge Mitton in court, your sentence depends on her mood of the day. She showed no consistency in her sentencing and clearly shows bias against the accused. Her courtroom behavior is reprehensible -- eye rolling, condescending even towards attorneys appearing in her court. Her sentences appear very arbitrary within the sentencing guidelines, depending on her often contrary mood. Her knowledge of the law seems to come and go, depending on how she perceives the accused, which is often little more than dog poop she scrapped off the bottom of her shoe.

Other

Comment #: IL1642
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In observing court cases, I watched and listened to most judges at the DuPage county courthouse. Watching her was painful. She seemed to really try to avoid giving a fair trial and seemingly took pleasure in being mean and condescending. A true travesty to our justice system...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1527
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Mitton seems to relish in degrading those in front of her. Definitely on a power trip. Should be removed from bench. Also her knowledge of the law is limited.

Other

Comment #: IL1454
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Everything already stated is true. I have to believe she has some redeeming human qualities, but I've been wrong before. She's egotistical and in a severe power trip that breeds contempt.

Prosecutor

Comment #: IL1453
Rating:1.9
Comments:
In my experience, her decisions appear to be based on her moods (mostly very irritable moods), not the law or facts, and she appears to absolutely be biased. The other reviews are correct, in my opinion.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: IL1291
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Judge Mitton, needs to retire. She is not respected she is feared. It is assumed due to accidental death of husband she become honorary and unmanageable. Her sentencing is unequal among men and women, blacks,whites and Latinos. Her hypocritical judgement creates further distrust in the community. June 30 2015 will be a glorious day in dupage county.

Court Staff

Comment #: IL895
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is short-tempered, condescending, rude, and will try anything to make you slip on your words and then will exploit that slip. Her courtroom always has the most people jailed every day. May God have mercy on your soul if you are appointed to her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL794
Rating:1.3
Comments:
She is extremely limited in her knowledge of the law. She knows nothing regarding trial practice. She has the worst temperament of any judge that I have ever appeared before.

Other

Comment #: IL759
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Mitton is a slumlord who should not be a judge. She is on a power trip. She talks down to people, and she is a hypocrite.