Hon. Diane E. Winter See Rating Details
Subcircuit Judge
Circuit Court
Lake County
Ninteenth Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.1 - 1 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. Diane E. Winter



Comment #: IL2015
Jug Diane Winters is a terrible judge and should not be in this position. She does not listen or enforce the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL340
Poor listener. Does not allow for equal time whether during bench arguments or during trial. She is blatantly biased in more ways than one. Seems to favor law firms and attorneys who contribute to her re-election campaign. Plays favorites big time. Resorts to intimidation. She is arrogant and has a high opinion of herself. She totally lacks humbleness. Worst of all, she lied straight in my face. Once I realized she had lied, it became clear to me that I did not stand a chance in her court room. Her actions left me no other recourse but to file two separate Petitions for Bias and Prejudice against her, which both were denied by the Chief Justice. They all stick together. The divorce courts, particularly in the 19th Judicial Circuit of Waukegan, IL need reform and an overhaul. The divorce attorneys are way to busy making money. Even though they too complain about the system no one will spend the time working to change the system, working on reform - it will be up to the public to demand changes and get involved. Sadly, the public at large does not realize what they are up against should they need to resort to these courts. Not until it hits home does one recognize the immense problem at hand.


Comment #: IL327
Rating:Not Rated
Dislikes women. Is biased towards her fellow attorneys. They can do no wrong in her eyes. Has huge ego. Will not admit when she is wrong. Attention deficit. Cannot remember intricate and complex cases. She is on a power trip. Should not be in a position of judgeship.