Hon. Jeffrey Lawrence See Rating Details
Subcircuit Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.9 - 3 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. Jeffrey Lawrence


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL894
I'm not sure that I can say much more than what was already said in the other comments, other than to add that this judge is demeaning. I completely agree with the comments regarding his bias towards plaintiffs, his laziness and and his moodiness. I would report this judge for his inappropriate comments, but what would be the use? Nobody really cares. Welcome to Cook County Law Division, land of the indolent and home to injustice.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL399
Tardy, lazy, and full of hubris. Judge Lawrence is certainly capable, but he doesn't apply himself. He is collecting a government paycheck. You won't get yourself in trouble with him because he's a do-nothing judge. That's good sometimes. But from the perspective of evaluating what he does and how he does it...he's pretty bad. In other words, you won't get screwed but he won't do anything either.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL156
He can be moody from the bench and his rulings can tend to favor plaintiffs. At the same time, when he puts his mind to it (which is not often) his rulings can be well founded. Needs to apply himself on a more consistent basis.