Hon. Thaddeus S. Machnik See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 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. Thaddeus S. Machnik


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL2298
One of Cook County's best judges. Even temperament, kind nature, thoughtful decisions, most of which are written so you can see his reasoning. Anytime I have ever lost in front of him, it was probably the right call. At the moment, Skokie has some of the best civil judges. Too bad Roger Fein is not there, he was excellent as well.


Comment #: IL1677
Gives lawyers deference over pro se folks. Seems unable to keep to his own rules especially for attorneys. He asked for written pleadings then allowed oral quietly in an almost whispered exchange with lawyer. Is also lacking in knowledge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1490
An absolute disgrace. Awarding attorneys fees in an attorney fee lawsuit. After pointing out that was in direct violation of the law, and the attorney asking for his fees knew it was a violation, Machnik claims it could be sanctions, not attorneys fees. Wait, what? Absolutely awful.