Hon. Randye A. Kogan See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
See Comments

Attorney Average Rating:   3.8 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   8.0 - 1 rating(s)
Please send me alerts on this judge
E-mail Address:

Add your own rating

E-Mail Address (will not be displayed)
Confirm E-mail Address      

Only items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating.

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)

Please type what you see below:


What others have said about Hon. Randye A. Kogan


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL810
One of, if not the, worst judges in Cook County. If you respectfully argue with her, or push back when she is wrong, she sets out to "punish" the lawyer appearing before her. She is often wrong on the law; worse still, she believes that she has a better understanding of law and procedure than anyone in her courtroom. The only redeeming thing that I can say is that her cases generally move.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL580
Judge Kogan wants to be the lawyer instead of the judge. She needs to let the lawyers do their job and she should do her job and her job only. In her court, one feels she's auditioning to replace Judge Judy. She seems to carry a lot of anger. I heard an attorney in an elevator say, "well I just got my butt-kicking for the month." And another attorney said, "oh, you must have been before Judge Kogan."


Comment #: IL535
Judge Kogan has good command of the law, and cases move through her courtroom expeditiously. She can be a bit rough on counselors; however, I find her to be even-handed in criminal matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL515
Kogan seems to not understand the law on which she rules. I don't want to agree that she is emotional or rules based on bias, but she certainly does not rule based on the law. She is often overturned.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL449
Judge Kogan runs a tight ship. Cases move in 2209. At times, though, Kogan should ease up on litigants. If litigants choose to proceed slowly, then the trial court should not sua sponte preclude them from wasting a minute of the court's time on a discovery status every 30 to 60 days. Nor should the trial court feel obliged to address attorneys with obvious and often unwarranted disrespect.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL396
Judge Kogan is one of the worst judges in the Daley Center. She is moody, arbitrary, capricious and shortsighted. Judge Kogan snaps to judge a situation. Her worst trait is that she takes things personally and gets genuinely emotional over garden variety issues. She has a tendency to become vindictive. She does not rule with an even hand.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL113
Usually pretty pro-plaintiff, at least in PI cases.