Hon. Darryl B. Simko See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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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. Darryl B. Simko


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1427
Judge Simko is an intelligent man who is capable of being an excellent judge, but who has put his personal bias ahead of being a judge in what is suppose to be a court of equity. He is always polite but gives absolutely no credence to defense arguments. Since he IS knowledgeable and capable, he should be assigned to a court where he cannot do as much damage to people's lives as he can in the foreclosure division.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL940
Judge Simko is, in my opinion, an incredibly biased and unprofessional judge. I have heard him say that the Illinois Supreme Court was wrong (when he failed to follow one of its rulings). Plaintiff's counsel rarely even need to argue before him, because he typically advocates on their behalf. This is not merely sour grapes; I have been before many judges who have ruled against me (Judge Gibson in DuPage County and Judge Hoffman in Lake County come to mind, as do Judge Walker and Judge Marino in Cook County) and I can say about each of them that they were fair, courteous, and thoughtful. Judge Simko exhibits none of these traits. His behavior on the bench is simply shameful.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL589
Rating:Not Rated
Ignorant judge who is very biased.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL546
It is my opinion, and my opinion only, that Judge Simko fails to fails to apply the law as stated, and I feel acts outside of his discretion. His legal opinions on cases, only of which I have been before him on, are definitely laughable. It seems that he is completely pro-Bank.