Hon. Dinah J. Archambeault See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Will County
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 7 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. Dinah J. Archambeault



Comment #: IL2369
Worst judge I have ever dealt with. Does not keep up to date with cases and makes decisions on her opinions not by what is being presented to her. Put my daughter back into the hands of a registered sex offender who in turn assaulted and handcuffed her. Got a plenary order of protection, granted by her, due to her fathers actions and abuse. Now back in court and she is trying to go against a 604b recommendation, gal recommendation, and has stated she doesn't care who supervises my daughter's father, seriously who the f*** are you to say that to me. She advocates that parents deserve to see there children. She lives in a land of rainbows and unicorns, some parents are just beyond unfit to be parents. What is it going to take for her to realize that.


Comment #: IL2352
This judge has no back bone. She is rarely prepared and has little memory of cases she's heard multiple times. If the situation gets confrontational she goes to chambers and comes up with a unprecedented ruling. Generally, one of the sides ends up fighting the ruling and dragging the process months down the road to the delight of the attorneys and dismay of the litigants. The process in her courtroom is an embarrassment to the judicial system.


Comment #: IL2038
You don't want to go in front of this judge if you're a man. If you're a woman, she's the one you want to be in front of. As a father, at one point she almost ruled to make me pay more money to my ex-wife even though I was not making but 5% more money than I was at the time we divorced. My ex wife didn't do the math right and even though my lawyer successfully proved it, the judge said to me, "Well don't you want to step up to the plate anyway?". My ex wife already receives $30,000.00 a year from me, works a part time job at a dollar store, and refuses to do anything with her life. I would like to change judges if at all possible. She's definitely NOT impartial.


Comment #: IL1934
I was before this judge through my divorce, I am the mother of two , judge archambeault was very fair, she scolded me when I needed, even held me in contempt for something I fealt strongly on. We were granted joint custody of our daughters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1322
Worst judge I have ever appeared before in 23 years of litigation. Incompetent on every level. Failure to consider the facts before her and to write clear orders has allowed the Plaintiff to act with impunity and the Defendant and her children to suffer the consequences.


Comment #: IL661
She is ruining my life with bizarre penalties, ignoring my side of issues, and siding with insane ex-wife on blatant visitation interference.

I have been called into court 319 times in three years for senseless status, trials and hearings on some of the most irrelevant issues.

Leave me the flip alone!

Very much anti-father.

Anytime I can walk out of court and smell the smelly smell unique to downtown Joliet is a good day.


Comment #: IL627
Rating:Not Rated
She is pro-women and anti-father. She has been awarded recognition from womens groups for working the bench for their causes and advancement.
She is evil in my opinion.
These Judge invest financially, in cases and then know the outcome. Each case is securitized,bonded and sold.
Check out on Youtube; "Rod Class-The Story of AIB Radio" Note; these courts are private, for profit corporations.
The Bar Members are foreign agents.
They are deceivers/criminals/making millions off Child Support. The Child Support agencies get matching dollars for each support order. None of that goes to the parents. Social Security Act Title IV-D, says so.


Comment #: IL456
She waivers in her decisions from one court date to another.Just when you feel like you are making progress on an issue, she will delay an effective decision. She seems to decide on things that she is told and not things that can be proven. This is very biased, because anyone can say anything. But, can they support their false statements? The frequent court dates have been nothing short of a waste of tax payers dollars. Shame.


Comment #: IL352
She is extremely female biased as to testimony and giving preferential treatment in closed / off transcription sessions. Males are given ultimatums to settle or lose all custody of children. Her case load is 85% filled with return cases of poorly awarded mother custody parenting agreements.