Hon. Joseph M. Claps See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.4 - 8 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Joseph M. Claps


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Other

Comment #: IL1578
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I testified as a 20 year Chicago Police Officer. I have never been degraded as a 20 year Veteran Police Officer by A Judge in my entire Career. This Judge believed 2 Gang Members over my testimony. 1 of the Gang Members came from IDOC to testify and he found him more Credible. This Judge is not fair and he Hates the Police.

Other

Comment #: IL1565
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Best judge ever

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1535
Rating:8.5
Comments:
One of the few judges who doesn't just blindly except the illogical explanations from lying police officers. He can be grouchy to attorneys appearing before him but understands the concept of "beyond a reasonable doubt" better than any other judge at 26th street. He is fair, knowledgeable & will take the time to look up the law if he doesn't know it. He is also not pressured by the media or the system. He does what he thinks is right & is courageous enough to stand up for those being railroaded by the system. I would gladly practice in his courtroom for the remainder of my career if I could.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1277
Rating:1.3
Comments:
This guy makes over $185,000.00 a year. This is an insult to all the hardworking and retired taxpayers in this state. I propose that in order to tackle the budget problem in Illinois this man should be removed from the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1270
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is an absolutely pathetic judge. He is a legend in his own mind. I do not want to be anywhere near this guy and his courtroom. It is a very unpleasant place and a room lacking in proper decorum and temperament. A place to be avoided.

Other

Comment #: IL1145
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
His presence and demeanor is abhorrent and distasteful. A complete abomination.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1099
Rating:1.4
Comments:
When I hear the name Joe Claps, I invoke the procedural tactic known as SOJ Substitution of Judge. I do not want to be in his courtroom and see the first hand abuse of litigants. It is unfortunate.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1090
Rating:1.9
Comments:
I have read and heard that there are prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys alike who do not like this guy. I have no use for him and I do not like him as well. He is not a dignified person in how he conducts himself. He is someone that people should avoid and give little attention to because he is not worth it.

Other

Comment #: IL999
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I think we something very mediocre here with this judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL996
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I cannot bear the sight of this man. I have no regard for him as a man and as a judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL969
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is a horrible judge. I despise how he treats people in his courtroom. He has no business being a judge. One can make a strong argument that he is the worst judge in the 26th Street courthouse. I have never rated a judge before, and he is the first one that I have rated. There is something wrong with the selection process; you know it is broken down when you see people like him on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL960
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
His courtroom is unbearable. I am glad that I do not have to be there each day, like the public defenders and the state's attorneys.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL870
Rating:1.9
Comments:
His courtroom is such a miserable place, and I feel bad for all of the personnel that have to be there with him every day. It is so unfortunate.

Prosecutor

Comment #: IL869
Rating:1.6
Comments:
He has no business wearing a black robe to be a fair arbiter of justice. He lacks professionalism, patience, dignity, scholarship, and the necessary demeanor to be a judge. He is an embarrassment to the judiciary and his appointment, and his continued service as a judge reflects how the Cook County court system selection process has broken down. He is unfit to be a judge.