Hon. Thomas P. Fecarotta, Jr. See Rating Details
Subcircuit Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.4 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Thomas P. Fecarotta, Jr.


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Litigant

Comment #: IL1424
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Fecarotta has little regard for the law and routinely allows his own mood or personal experiences to cloud his judgment. Today I appeared before him and he violated my probation because I am taking prescribed mood stabilizers. He claims that he wants anyone on HIS probation to be completely drug free. As punishment, he canceled my probation and restarted it as "intensive drug probation" basically canceling out the previous 8 months I have been on probation. In addition, on my last court date he said that after that day, he didn't want me on any medication or drugs or else. Well I was never tested after that day. They tested me right after court and never again. Therefore, any results of a urine screen should not have been taken into consideration because they were collected before the judge made his ruling. Either way, the drug I was positive for is prescribed by a doctor and I have the paperwork to prove it. He didn't even bother looking at it. In addition, the public defenders in his courtroom are really lackluster too because they're all afraid of him so are unable to stand up to him and actually argue for their clients. The one I worked with today refused to talk to me before we went in front of the judge and once she had a private conference with the state and apparently the judge (I did not agree to a 402 so not sure how this is even legal) about my sentence, she hurriedly thrust some papers in front of me for my signature telling me that an "offer" had already been agreed upon by the judge and the state. All I had to do was sign my life away. When I tried to explain to the PD that this was really an injustice because I have a valid prescription and should not be penalized for taking meds I must have in order to stay well, she became visibly frustrated and told me rather flippantly that I could just not agree to the terms and "take my chances" at a hearing, I chose to agree to their offer. However, I'm really not happy about it. Even the representative from Adult Probation made a point to apologize to me for "everything that happened." After today, I'm considering filing an appeal but am truly afraid that he might be so angry with me for not respecting his original ruling that he would punish me in his verdict. Suggestions anyone??? Help is appreciated.

Other

Comment #: IL1279
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This man seems to take pleasure in berating, intimating and humiliating all those who stand before him. The fact that he is allowed to remain on the bench is a testament to a broken and failed system.

Other

Comment #: IL1236
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Please have him removed from service

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1100
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is a complete jerk. I have no use for him and I have not seen a judge act in such an undignified manner. He is an embarrassment and he has no business being on the bench. His presence on the bench is outright despicable. He needs to be removed from the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1082
Rating:2.5
Comments:
I've been an attorney since 1995 and I've never seen a judge like him. He is completely unsuitable for the bench. His demeanor is tyrannical and haranguing. His presence on the bench brings the entire profession of law into disrepute.

Court Staff

Comment #: IL958
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge tries to scare everyone, and threatens those who do not bow down to his greatness. He is arbitrary and lacks knowledge. He is the worst example of what a judge should be. He is an example of what a judge should not be.

Other

Comment #: IL954
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is without a doubt the worst judge in the county. He is emotionally unstable and pretentious -- quite a package.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL951
Rating:1.1
Comments:
He should not be a judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL936
Rating:1.5
Comments:
He is rude and insulting to everyone. He jumps on police officers and lawyers who may look the wrong way or not pay attention to his rants. He makes his own motions, and interjects himself just for his own amusement.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL934
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This is the worst judge that I have ever appeared before.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL932
Rating:1.5
Comments:
He is very arrogant.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL897
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This self-proclaimed "godlike" judge should not be on the bench. He is probably the worst judge that I have ever encountered in 45 years of practice. He is a legend in his own mind.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL781
Rating:1.3
Comments:
This judge takes joy in humiliating lawyers and defendants. He is rude. His knowledge of the law is extremely limited.