Hon. James N. Karahalios See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. James N. Karahalios


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL2353
Definite temperament issues and have seen him be particularly rude to people from outside the U.S. (Africa) - including making ebola jokes while on the bench. Injected himself into pretrial agreement to disadvantage of defendant. Has some intelligence, but other issues renders it meaningless.


Comment #: IL2032
This judge is not only rude and disrespectful, but also clearly biased against people of color. I am a white 59 year old woman who was in the courtroom on behalf of my son who was in custody. This judge was an hour late. After handling numerous cases, asked why I was there and gave my son's name. Prosecutors said they had the case. I asked if I might speak to provide additional information and this judge says, "no you cannot speak; this is a court room, not a bar room." I was astonished, as this rudeness was not warranted. The prosecutor came over to speak to me and obtained the I formation I had regarding my son's attorney's appearance, and consulting with me several more times to obtain contact information. Her demeanor was apologetic because it was obvious the judge was off the rails.


Comment #: IL1467
Rating:Not Rated
this judge wouldn't allow me to speak or present evidence I had when my ex placed an unjust order of protection against me. when I was in the middle of explaining my point, he started to talk to his court clerk. Needless to say, there is a 2 year order of protection on me now, that may have been avoided had this judge listened to my objections and counter evidence I had!!! it pays to be a white man in this system, I guess...


Comment #: IL1443
Rating:Not Rated
He is the worst judge, by far, that I have ever been in front of. He is more busy with his sycophantic audience of lawyers than he is with distributing just sentences. It is criminal that this scumbag is a sitting judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1055
Judge Karahalios is extremely biased against Spanish-speaking defendants. His sentencing offers are outrageous and his venom for defendants who are Spanish-speaking is abhorrent. He has stated in his courtroom that the hearings and trials of U.S. Citizens go before those of defendants needing interpreters. I guess Judge K believes that anyone that is not fluent in English is not a U.S. citizens! From where did his ancestors immigrate? Did they speak perfect English when they arrived in the U.S.?