Hon. Joseph M. Grady See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Kane County
Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.9 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 5 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. Joseph M. Grady



Comment #: IL2473
The judge doesn't look at facts, doesn't inform himself on the issues before him, and seems more interesting in chatting with staff than doing a job. Hes utterly a waste of space. He let my sons mom move him out of the state based on a pretrial conference and hadn't even seen a single fact. The mother stonewalled, refused to turn over discovery docs, refused to cooperate with and he did nothing. Hes so forgetful that he needs to keep notes, but so lazy that he doesn't. Every time you see him its then like a blank slate. Like another person said, hes a disgrace.


Comment #: IL2408
I’ve been pro se for my custody case, after my ex has used the legal system to abuse me for 7 years. This judge, for the last two years, has refused to look at any evidence I’ve ever brought into court. He ignored evidence that my ex husband sexually assaulted our 4 year old and turned custody over to him. He has refused any and all petitions and motions that I have filed. On the occasions that my ex husband was late to court, He kept pushing our case back further and further to accommodate His tardiness. My ex has been in contempt of court close to 100 times and each time the judge ignores it. He issues orders with little to no explaination, guidelines or specifics. When a Dekalb judge reviews one of these orders He stated that none of it made sense, legally or otherwise. He never lets me speak in court and when a court ordered supervisor approached him with complaints regarding my ex, he said He didn’t care, so long as I didn’t have an attorney.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL2383
Having used him in 2 different divorces I would have to say he should retire. The 1st divorce he gave me everything because the other side didn't show up and he literally asked my attorney "What do I do here?" the 2nd time I met with multiple attorneys (5) and they all said the same thing "He's pro-woman, since the death of his wife", "He should retire" "He doesn't remember anything" "Depending on the attorney he's easily manipulated" "He doesn't follow civil procedure (Meaning he makes his own rules up)" all of which I can say is true. Case in point he froze my bank accounts for legal fees on a Monday and the following next day for another matter admonish me for not having the ability to turn over funds. He literally didn't realize he allowed the accounts to be frozen and had to ask for an attorney to write another order to "unfreeze" the bank account.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL2307
Since the passing of his wife.. he seems distracted and not at all informed or educated on the case in front of him. Reversing previous orders, that he stated HE would NOT address again.. no change of circumstance and changing orders. Very unfair and unsettling to think this Judge is still presiding over cases. If he is not handling his wife`s passing, he needs to resign. Before he damages more families.


Comment #: IL2199
He has dementia. He changes his mind by the minute. With in 4 days he changed his mind 4 times. He refuses to let anyone have a hearing. He refuses to follow the law. I'm appealing is last two decisions. I'm 99% sure they will get overturned. They made no sense, and his reason for his decision, went against his decision. He really needs to go.


Comment #: IL1702
So far..less than 1. Judge fails to even know his own orders. Judge fails to familiarize himself with the case on his desk. Judge fails to read documents presented IN court. Judge is uneducated on the case before him. Judge is totally out of touch with reality. Kids` lives are in the balance and he fails to read the case.. he got passed this case so he has NO knowledge of what has been going on, but HE ordered mediation.. and has no memory of it..yet again..another judge simply donning a black robe to collect a paycheck..Judge Brawka.. should be listening in on these inept judges.. totally lacking in any knowledge of the case presented to him.. Disgraceful.


Comment #: IL1316
lost in space, past his stale date
is this the best Kane County can offer

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL979
Great Judge...very patient, even headed, nice and respectful to all parties. He is fair and but not afraid to issue a ruling.