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 - 1 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



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.