Hon. Margaret J. Mullen See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Lake County
Ninteenth Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.5 - 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. Margaret J. Mullen


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL2380
Judge Mullen saw through the misdirection being put forward by counsel for a local municipality, and focused her questioning at hearing on getting him to answer the very specific and direct question for over an hour, until it became obvious he would not give an answer. Then she ruled for my client.


Comment #: IL331
This Judge, as a substitute judge to a divorce case, ordered the immediate sale of the marital residence just four weeks prior to Christmas. She said it was a good time in that the house would show nicely with Christmas decoration. I was holding 62% beneficial interests in the land trust to the property. Trying to protect my children I did not want to sell the house during the discovery stage of the case and without a prior trial, knowing my husband would find a ton of excuses to get to the escrowed money thereafter. On the way out of the court room, with her black robe swaying in the wind, and without turning around, she called back cynically "and good luck to you!"

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL130
Seems to favor individuals over companies regardless of merits. Very strict treatment of one side while showing leniency towards the other.