Hon. James N. O'Hara See Rating Details
Subcircuit Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.5 - 6 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. James N. O'Hara


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1745
Not bright but thinks he is smarter than every lawyer who appears in front of him--a dangerous combination.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1720
Judge O'Hara thinks that he can nail it without reading motions. When was the last time that you nailed in your homework, without doing it? The same applies to him. 50% right 50% wrong. It would be easier just to flip a coin. Do not expect rulings based on law. I avoid cases if he is the judge. Also expensive: court reporters, appeals.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1481
Very capable

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL344
Judge James O'Hara does not have the proper temperament, patience and above all, willingness to read and hear motions argue in front of him. He makes up his mind too quickly and often times without having even read a motion presented to him and/or having allowed proper arguments in front of him.


Comment #: IL313
Judge O'Hara is the best I have come across in my short career.