Hon. Samuel J. Betar, III See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.3 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Samuel J. Betar, III



Comment #: IL1309
Unfair and discriminating! I was denied a fair trial. I found out 2 years later that he had a working relation with my ex-wives attorney's firm. He claimed that my ex-wives Bachelor degree in Business Mgt. was NOT considered an education because it was over 20 years. Also he claimed that a GMC and Chevy were the same. Made life hard on my kids and darn near impossible for me to care for them. Deprived my children the funds I needed to send them to college. Needs the "Hon" in his title removed, nothing "honorable" about him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL902
He is an excellent judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL896
This judge knows the law and follows it.


Comment #: IL826
This is not a judge -- he's a despicable excuse for a human being! I'm surprised that this monster is still on the bench! He's a good example of our poor judicial system -- we the people should get him removed, once and for all! If anyone is interested, and was personally affected by this disgusting individual, let's all start a lawsuit against him -- you know, there is a law above him!


Comment #: IL479
Biggest black robed buffone on the bench--comepletely ignorant and unfair in dealing--says to nego with opposition and came up with a very fair deal that opposition agreed to--he asked if they were "happy"--they said no so now I am hit with paying child support twice


Comment #: IL453
Changes his mind, forgot what he has ruled in the past. It is so fun dealing with a merry go round as a judge. Suggested that I violate my rights.