Hon. James D. Orel See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
DuPage County
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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)

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What others have said about Hon. James D. Orel



Comment #: IL4107
Despite the mother's objection, he released money (account of about $20,000) to a 19year old emotionally ill girl, HS dropout, single teen mother, whose daughter was placed in foster care by court, doing drugs. She used the money to buy drugs and overdosed 3 months later (Jan 19, 2022). She is dead, he enabled her. Peace to her and this judge's souls.


Comment #: IL3989
Threw our case out after 7 months and 8 hearings because too much time had passed, putting a child back into an at risk neglect situation. He acted like that was the first time our case came across his desk. He had no regard for what my attorney or the guardian ad litem had to say.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL3828
Unnecessarily rushed and rude to attorneys trying to do their job. Most of us are just trying to do our best for our clients; would be good for him to remember that.