Hon. Neal W. Cerne See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
DuPage County
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
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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. Neal W. Cerne


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Other

Comment #: IL1308
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Hey Cerne!! Wake up....these "mothers" in this article should lose their kids....not the women before you with whom you illegally stripped custody from. I look forward to the day you're disbarred. You are the joke of many on that floor

She couldn't find a sitter, apparently.

Police arrested a woman at an Oklahoma City bar and grill on Saturday after restaurant workers became concerned for her infant's welfare and called authorities.

According to KFOR, 33-year-old Catherine Durham stopped in for drinks at Louie's Bar and Grill in Oklahoma City. Witnesses report that Durham said she had been drinking at several different bars in the area before stopping at Louie's, where she had two more drinks and began behaving in an intoxicated manner that caught the attention of restaurant staff.

When Durham attempted to leave, the manager followed her out and tried to call her a ride. She was shocked to discover, however, that Durham wasn't alone on her bar crawl: there was an 8-month old baby in a car seat in the back of Durham's car. The baby had apparently been there the entire time Durham was inside Louie's.

According to the arrest report, the manager then attempted to take Durham's keys. Durham responded by fighting back and grabbing the manager's hair. Police arrested Durham for child endangerment and the infant was placed in protective custody.

Several other parents have made the news lately for not properly caring for their babies at restaurants. Last month, an Ohio couple arguing over whose turn it was to watch the baby abandoned the child at a McDonald's. Earlier this year in San Diego, a woman forgot her 5-month-old baby while shuttling between two different donut shops.

Prosecutor

Comment #: IL1261
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poL7l-Uk3I8

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1251
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is not just a bad judge. He is a bad man who purposely hurts the women who come before him with fabricated legal decisions.

He does not provide any legal justification for his orders, just some tag phrase.

He should be punished, not just sanctioned or reprimanded, for his gross violations of the law.

Other

Comment #: IL1231
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is the worst judge I have seen so far.He has a prejudice mind and doesn't apply the law.

Has anyone filed a complaint against this judge ?
Share with us. Encourage others.

Other

Comment #: IL1222
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Someone must take an action please. He must be removed!.

Other

Comment #: IL1221
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Surprise surprise....just heard about another woman & mother who was stripped of her children and given to her ex by Judge Neal Cerne. Since when does a complete stranger, a judge with minimal expertise in child psychology, thinks HE is in a better position to decide "what's in the best interest of a child"....he didn't bring into the world?!?

Other

Comment #: IL1206
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is extremely biased. He needs to go.

Maybe we can all work together on getting this judge removed.

To the person who asked for contact information, please check your inbox.

Other

Comment #: IL1203
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am very interested in hearing about your cases in an effort to remove this judge, particularly if the judgment was overturned in an appeal.

This man must be removed.

Please Leave your email address in your rating so that I may contact you or contact me at removejudge at gmail dot com. You will need to insert the proper character to make the address workable. My sincere thanks and help us to prevent this man and his unsound judgments.

Other

Comment #: IL1163
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
It's time to expose the injustice! If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Judge Cerne needs to be removed!

http://www.illinois.gov/jib/

Other

Comment #: IL1143
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Neal Cerne is biased and causes children and families to suffer. He sits in the court room rolling his eyes and dismissing key evidence at the cost of the working family. It is obvious that he is prejudiced.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1140
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How do you file formal complaints against this Judge?

he is incredibly biased, with a terrible temperament and a complete lack of legal knowledge. He refuses to look at any evidence presented.He has to go before he destroys more families.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1127
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dishonorable, biased and incompetent.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1085
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Is it possible that Judge Cerne and Judge Konetski were separated at birth? Same courtroom....same blatant disregard for the law. Move along Judge Cerne. You've padded your pension robe enough now.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1083
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Are you kidding me!? This judge tears families apart, and does NOT go by the letter of the law. He utterly disregards the family. He says that he is a Christian man, but does appears to be a judge who disrespects family, especially mother's. A very judgemental judge...so to speak. He seems to be part of a network and the fraternity of a good ol boys that roam the halls of the DuPage County courthouse that do favors for other lawyers, policemen, and any officer of the court. He answers to no one, not even a Chief Judge. He does not involve child welfare OR child psychiatrists EVEN when there are PHOTOS that show bruise. Instead, he makes rulings that tear families apart, for no other serious reasoning, except that he wants people to spend more money on appeals. In essence, it settles the score for bitter ex spouses, who use their free attorney friends to clog up the courtrooms and steal children away from a loving parent. It doesn't matter that children are crying or that they go to a home where abuse, both verbal and physical, continue He seems to not care about parent alienation. He is handed facts, by competent attorneys who do back breaking work to show a true picture, backing up their trials with truth and case law, then leaves people in courtrooms with their mouths hanging open in amazement, as he makes unjust rulings. God forbid that you hire a woman attorney, who know the law, but is not part of the "network" of the game playing peacocks that strut the halls. It's nauseating at best, and disgustingly sad on the other. This man should be shown the courtroom door, or be brought up on charges of abusing the children, that he is legally obligated to protect. It's amazing that even BEFORE a case starts, some people verbalize the outcome. How could that be? Do NOT vote for this man. Instead, do your homework. DuPage County does not need any more frat brothers making rulings. We also don't need months before the next court date or status dates, therefore stealing more time from children who need their other parent. We need fair, open minded men and women who respect the law, act with dignity, and honor all who enter their courtrooms. Judge Cerne....we ALL pay taxes here in DuPage County....not just your cronies in Naperville.

Other

Comment #: IL1062
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I don't know where to begin. This man just destroyed my life & ripped apart my family. I've had residential custody of my 3 children for 8 years, and to skirt responsibility for paying child support, my ex-husband a Naperville police officer, decided he wanted to modify custody. He had his FREE attorney in his corner. I accommodated his schedule to foster a relationship between him & the kids, there are zero drug or alcohol issues, I don't co-habitate with men, my ex-is $9,000 behind in back child support AND has yet to pay one penny from our divorce settlement in 2007! Despite 2 judgements ordering him to do so. Yet because he's a veteran of the police force, coaches sports and loves his kids ( don't we all?!) The judge stripped me of my custody ( he said I often fed them McDonalds for breakfast and they were habitually late for school) my children enjoy Egg White delights, aren't obese or even Fat, but in his eyes, McDonalds is irresponsible as opposed to sugar cereal. And with regards to lateness, I never received one comment from the school, and if my kids were late, so were the other 25 kids stuck in the car line. 8:01 is tardy. My kids are on honor roll, and have no behavior problems. That's it. It's public record, there's no skeletons in my closet, no dirt to dig up. So now I move on to the appellate court. I see them every other Fri-Sunday 6-6 and Wednesdays 3-7 for dinner. I paid for 2 Joint parenting agreements, and my ex never signed them. I'm shocked & sickened. My name is Laurie Geiger, my email is lgeiger4@gmail.com
I'm not giving up on my children. Even drug addicts retain custody of their kids and are given a second chance. What just happened here?!?!

Litigant

Comment #: IL918
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge defers completely to the litigant who can pay his lawyers, and issues devastating rulings against the downtrodden. Divorce attorneys should not be serving as judges.

Other

Comment #: IL864
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He discriminates against women in favor of crony attorneys who practice in his jurisdiction. He is disingenuous in his statements, and dangles carrots to elicit more funds from the plaintiff, only to do a 180-degree turn at hearing time. This is an institutionalized scam.

Other

Comment #: IL862
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Cerne rendered an extremely inequitable and unjust ruling in favor of the criminal defense attorney respondent who practices in this courthouse, and against the plaintiff, his former spouse. It is very clear that the respondent perjured himself on several occasions, and outright stole funds from the plaintiff by not complying with voluminous court orders, and hiding cash and other funds in accounts considered untouchable by the judge. The respondent was not sanctioned equitably, and the plaintiff experienced great financial damage. Judge Cerne went completely back on his pretrial statements at the final hearing, giving the impression that something is greatly amiss in the DuPage County Court system.