Hon. William Stewart Boyd See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.0 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. William Stewart Boyd



Comment #: IL3046
It's been 51/2 years since he ruled on my divorce. The system he represents is totally stacked against dads and men. Most lawyers won't tell you this, so you waste a year or two or 3 paying their exorbitant fees and get no justice. Even the nuttiest, sluttiest moms catch a break, so it's futile for a man to even try. Make a deal early and get it over with as fast as possible. If you remain a good Dad, your kids will come around. This judge in particular prides himself on showing up early and working late, but he's part of this anti male system, and he buys way too much of the female's tales of woe, allows opposing counsels to badger and harass you with endless and repetitive discoveries, and even threatens to jail fine, professional men and fathers as a result of the woman's make believe fears. He's a tyrant in his courtroom, so watch out and get it over with as quickly as possible.


Comment #: IL2497
Does not appear to have any education or training on domestic violence, trauma, or ACE’s (adverse childhood events). For any professional stepping foot inside of a family court this is unacceptable, but for a judge to be lacking this knowledge demonstrates an utter lack of concern or even curiosity about the people who’s lives will be decided upon by him. Furthermore he is incompetent on a very basic level. Allows himself to be manipulated by abusers, letting them drag cases out for extreme lengths of time—several years—does not read evidence submitted to him, or listen to testimony. This judge is worse than useless. He is damagingly incompetent, lacks basic people skills, respect or even empathy for trauma victims. Judge Boyd is overly concerned with courtroom decorum to the point of being overtly hostile. He seems to be intentionally trying to intimidate confused civilians who appear before him by interrupting their every sentence, raising his voice at them, and generally scowling at them. Boys gets an F.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL203
Judge Boyd is an excellent judge.