Hon. Nicholas R. Ford See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 2 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. Nicholas R. Ford


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL2322
One of the worsts. Terrible temperament, and completely biased.


Comment #: IL1820
This judge is absolutely horrible! Very bad temperament. He is sarcastic and very biased. And either so lacking on knowledge of the law or deliberately disregards the law in his rulings. He should not be on the bench. He is very unjust. Don't believe me? Do a Google search to see several articles where people are complaining about his unfairness.


Comment #: IL1043
I believe Judge Ford is very compassionate about his position as a Judge. He is very kind but can be a "pistol". I opine he is very fair and is a good listener. He has the ability to allow you to hang yourself but he will give you "a second chance" if you are showing him you are making more than a great attempt to follow thru. I can appreciate a "real" Judge considering I worked for some attorneys that were not very honest in their business practices.