Hon. Heinz M. Rudolf See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
St. Clair County
Twentieth Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.3 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 2 rating(s)
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* 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. Heinz M. Rudolf



Comment #: IL1793
I am a retired Air Force
Chief Master Sergeant and a former Recovery Care Coordinator. A few years ago one of my Wounded Warriors suffering from PTSD asked me to accompany him to family court for a divorce proceeding. Due to the severity of his PTSD he was worried he may lose self control and wanted me there to keep him in line. He could not afford a lawyer so he represented himself. Judge Rudolf treated him with contempt, disrespect, and condensation. I understand the Judge has never served his Country (USA) in uniform, so I get he does not have any empathy for our wounded, ill and injured. When I asked to present information (VA Rating and medical documents) to the Judge to show this Veteran suffered from severe PTSD which impaired his judgement and ability to represent himself, Judge Rudolf told me if he would have me thrown out of his court room if I spoke again. I am not a wounded warrior, I am a 30 year Air Force Veteran, Iraq Veteran, Former Recovery Care Coordinator, this Judge has no respect for Veterans, the Military, or our wounded, ill and injured. My Veteran was able to hold himself together during the Judges snide, condescending remarks/rebukes. Once out of the courtroom he broke down in tears as the Judge make him feel ashamed and inept. My Veteran died a year later due to a drug overdose but the real reason was his PTSD. Thanks Judge Rudolf your treatment of this Veteran in your courtroom contributed to his pain and suffering.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL413
Very favorable to mothers even when parental alienation by the mother is clear and evident. Ability to be fair is minimal while taking a handholding to mothers behavior and scolding the fathers who is trying to be a father. Its definant judges in illinois work against any father in child custody cases no matter how good they are


Comment #: IL377
Rating:Not Rated
After observing several family judges for a paper I am writing about fathers that want their children but are still subject to a buyist court system, I found this judge and a couple others in St Clair county to do just that. Even when the fathers would bring evidence and police reports about mothers interfering with the fathers time, he did not take any action and simply dismissed it. This is very sad that this kind of discrimination exists still. Mothers use their children as weapons in custody and the father-child relationship is allowed to be hurt. How is this in the best interest of the child? I wonder how different Judge Rudolph would feel if he were a non custodial father having to fight every day just to have a relationship with his child?

Court Staff

Comment #: IL369
This judge seemed fair and honest in the beginning but after observing several divorce/custody proceedings he seems quite favorable to mothers. I have seen alot of good fathers come before him that are fighting to spend time with their children but cant because the mothers interfere. In the end, the winning result seems to go to the mothers regardless and when I see the look on the devasted fathers it just hurts my heart.