Hon. Thomas A. Else See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
DuPage County
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.1 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Thomas A. Else


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL2271
Awful...it's an ongoing joke around the court house how little he actually cares.. despite all the talk about how he's "going away" he's still there and making decisions that affect the wellbeing of children and frankly; at this point, it is simply reckless..


Comment #: IL2230
Rating:Not Rated
This has to be the worst judge I have ever been in front of. I loath going in front of him because he is a miserable prick. I am having my case domesticated to my state because he is that bad. He never has your file on hand, you send the documents and exhibits to his clerk and still doesn't possess them. Talks to you like your an idiot. How is this guy a good representation of Dupage County Court? Please find a new profession.


Comment #: IL2075
He thinks he knows it all! Very rude to deputies, defendants. He thinks he's an andonis, on his own tv show. Total fool. He is a wanna be. $185,000 a year for this bias POS! He tries to embarrass who ever he feels the need to weather or not side has been heard, threatens with contempt.


Comment #: IL2074
I had a very difficult time with Judge Else. Both my lawyer and I found him to be rude and condescending. He was also insulting and harassing to the court recorder. Not a very good role model.


Comment #: IL1913
Rating:Not Rated
This judge says what's on his mind. Sometimes good, sometimes not. However, he told my ex at a hearing almost a month ago: "show some restraint" and to "not do this again" (because of the absolute idiocy of the motion he presented) what happens? less than 2 weeks later, my ex is taking me back to this same judge, on yet, another, friviouls motion. I wonder how Else will react since my ex is also pro-se


Comment #: IL1657
I have been in front of 6 judges since 2005 for my family case and he is by far THE WORST....he treats people like dirt...totally condescending to PRO SE'S and attorneys. I am so sick of the bias that goes on in this courtroom I am filing to move. I am 100% convinced he and other judges like him are intentionally hard on PRO SE'S to keep them from coming back.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1448
This guy is a train wreck! Has no business being In family court. Cocky and smug.