Hon. Matthew J. Maurer See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Sangamon County
Seventh Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.5 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 4 rating(s)
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* 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. Matthew J. Maurer



Comment #: IL3783
Horrible judge. 100% for the mothers. He does not care about fathers. You can definitely tell he is not voted in, but appointed. Huge ego and very ignorant regarding family law. He separates fathers from their kids. Very sad human.

He does not care if father has 100% evidence, and mother has words.. mother always wins.


Comment #: IL2518
My experience with Judge Maurer has been perplexing. His limited knowledge of family court is obvious and his rulings are predictable. Each court hearing should be ruled on a case by case basis.


Comment #: IL2496
Same experience here as the previous comments. This man ruined my life. What should have been a simple and fair custody trial was turned into a sick display of ignorance. Apparently I am not fit to raise my children (no reason given) since all custody was handed to my ex wife. I helped raised those kids since they were born. All I am to them now is a paycheck.


Comment #: IL2442
Do not go into family court with this judge. He will rule in favor of the mother no matter what. It is obvious he has no family law experience. He separates families as if it's still 1950.....mom gets the kids, dad pays every dime to mom. He will make sure dad pays mom the highest amount of child support....even when dad can PROVE he is in the negative each month while paying outrageous amounts of child support. And society wonders why fathers tend to kill themselves in these situations. They can't even provide a home for their kids to come to.


Comment #: IL2366
He is extremely sexist in family court even when facts are presented to him in favor of the father. Multiple lawyers have said that he rarely deviates from the standard child support/custody laws, matter how broke it makes the father. In my opinion, if you want any chance at seeing your children more that 1 day a week, request a change of judge if you are assigned Judge Maurer. He needs to modernize his rulings. Fathers want 50/50 custody.