Hon. Catherine M. Haberkorn See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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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. Catherine M. Haberkorn


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1274
Rating:Not Rated
I recently read that the Judicial Performance Commission submitted that this person (I will not use the word Judge because she is not worthy of that title) needed to undergo a judicial improvement plan. I think it goes beyond that. She needs a behavior clinical evaluation commonly known as a BCX or in the alternative a straight jacket and removal from the bench. The latter alternative would suffice.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1096
Rating:Not Rated
She is an absolutely horrible judge. She has no business serving as a judge and it is a disgraceful site to see her wearing a black robe. She has no regard for anyone other than herself. She is constantly late for court and does not have the courtesy or the dignity to apologize to the litigants, court personnel, and the people in the courtroom. She once wasted the courts time by looking at photographs that a defense attorney showed her while people and other lawyers were waiting for the cases to be called. That was totally inappropriate and despicable. I will avoid her courtroom as if it is afflicted with EBOLA. She is one of many judges in Cook County who simply do not know how to conduct themselves with decency, dignity, and humility. Her behavior is totally reprehensible.


Comment #: IL879
This judge is the worst: she is unfair, and doesn't work by the book. She has sentences with no background at all for the maximum of jail time -- no probation, no boot camp. She works based on how she feels that day, and if she doesn't feel that she likes you, she takes it personal, like you have done something to her. She's always late, but if you are late she will lock you up. She should have been off the bench years ago.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL878
Rating:Not Rated
She is not a very good judge and needs to be removed.


Comment #: IL694
I've taken a few criminal justice classes where I've had to observe the courtroom process and I must say that this judge is by far the worst and most unprofessional I've witnessed. She's usually half an hour minutes late, which means that another judge has to sit in for her. You can't efficiently judge people if you're not together yourself; she should take a long break from the bench.