Hon. James Jeffrey Allen See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Will County
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.8 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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 Jeffrey Allen


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Comment #: IL1275
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge James Jeffrey Allen does not care about individuals that he hands over to The State Guardians Office, especially of those that have/had loved ones more than willing to take the responsibility of Guardianship upon themselves. As a result, I can confirm his decision and ongoing jurisdiction brought about the death of Kimberly S. Thompson, a Ward of The State per his decision, and therefore directly due to a result of the failure to fulfill her duties as State Guardian, one Tam Tran Chavez being the State Guardian. I have the consolation knowing that God will be the final Judge in this matter.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1228
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Judge Allen handles a difficult call with patience and is unfailingly polite to even the most clueless unrepresented litigants. He treats pro se guardianship annual reports with kindness and respect for the ward and guardian, which helps get those cases handled more quickly than had been with previous judges on this call.
He is also respectful and polite to attorneys appearing before him and makes a point to get to know their names and approach to practice.
Having never been in private practice himself (having worked for Legal Aid primarily), he sometimes is not mindful about how pressed attorneys are to get in and out of court quickly - and not be asked to do too many 'gratis' reviews of files of pro se litigants and report the situation to him as a 'friend of the court.' Probably for the same reason of never having practiced privately, the intensity of the work outside the courtroom as reflected in attorneys fees is sometimes undervalued by him.
Scheduling is the sole issue I have found to be a problem with Judge Allen. It may be a problem with the volume he has been assigned, but the problem is that it usually takes more than a month (sometimes over two months) to schedule a date to open a probate case, which is a serious problem. For example, often family members have advanced personal funds to pay funeral expenses for example, and money cannot be accessed to repay them until after the probate has been opened and the executor appointed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL775
Rating:9.8
Comments:
I have had only positive experiences in Judge Allen's probate court. He is a knowledgeable, fair, and even-tempered judge. He has been the probate judge in three or four matters that I've handled, and so far I have no complaints whatsoever.