Hon. Joseph M. Claps See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.6 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   - 0 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. Joseph M. Claps


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1099
When I hear the name Joe Claps, I invoke the procedural tactic known as SOJ Substitution of Judge. I do not want to be in his courtroom and see the first hand abuse of litigants. It is unfortunate.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1090
I have read and heard that there are prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys alike who do not like this guy. I have no use for him and I do not like him as well. He is not a dignified person in how he conducts himself. He is someone that people should avoid and give little attention to because he is not worth it.


Comment #: IL999
Rating:Not Rated
I think we something very mediocre here with this judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL996
Rating:Not Rated
I cannot bear the sight of this man. I have no regard for him as a man and as a judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL969
Rating:Not Rated
He is a horrible judge. I despise how he treats people in his courtroom. He has no business being a judge. One can make a strong argument that he is the worst judge in the 26th Street courthouse. I have never rated a judge before, and he is the first one that I have rated. There is something wrong with the selection process; you know it is broken down when you see people like him on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL960
Rating:Not Rated
His courtroom is unbearable. I am glad that I do not have to be there each day, like the public defenders and the state's attorneys.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL870
His courtroom is such a miserable place, and I feel bad for all of the personnel that have to be there with him every day. It is so unfortunate.


Comment #: IL869
He has no business wearing a black robe to be a fair arbiter of justice. He lacks professionalism, patience, dignity, scholarship, and the necessary demeanor to be a judge. He is an embarrassment to the judiciary and his appointment, and his continued service as a judge reflects how the Cook County court system selection process has broken down. He is unfit to be a judge.