Hon. Steven G. Salant See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.8 - 14 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 5 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. Steven G. Salant


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Other

Comment #: MD2918
Rating:3.0
Comments:
This judge appears to have misunderstood the facts presented by defense while favoring its opponents. In other words he presided over an unfair trial. His apparently prejudicial conduct most likely contributed to his ridiculously unfair decision.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2314
Rating:8.9
Comments:
Smart, honest, fair, and patient.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2125
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Really?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1952
Rating:1.6
Comments:
He actually chastised me for not making the other side's case for them -- I asked him if he wanted to pay my malpractice premiums. I won the case, despite his attempts to force my client to concede. He insults parties and attorneys in open court. Truly an embarrassment to the bench.

Prosecutor

Comment #: MD1839
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Per communication log presentation he was a virtualy nil on such communication of the apartment employees calls on us tenants as well removing essential properties from their tenant owners has gained me the opinion an the state as his own comments on communication problems not my fault but the failure of respect on communication by the appartment administration . To my position with priorites for our supportive services of our country we have no such responsibilities in the apartment supportive services.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1783
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This Judge is worst one I saw in my 25 years. He listened the case and saw the evidences submitted in trial. But later opponent has a expensive attorney(may be his pet)and so, he changed to their side on Judgement.

Litigant

Comment #: MD1475
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The judge was concerned with his image and not the circumstances of the case. He also was not prepared about the facts of the case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1423
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Had my only trial before Judge Salant. He was very biased and prejudged the case. He showed bias against a witness for his Christian faith which he seemed to me to mock. He was making a lot of noise in chambers that could be heard in the courtroom which made me uncomfortable, such as talking loudly about the evidence to someone in chambers and clearly was designed to intimidate. He limited my witnesses by interrupting testimony and basically tried the case for opposing counsel. He suggested defenses to opposing counsel which were not viable and not pursued to that point. I have been told by another lawyer that he has certain "pets" i.e. lawyers he favors and you cannot win if you are against one of his pets. I was not against one of his pets, but his conduct was very rude which I believe was based on some hate toward the witness who had made some comments about being a Christian.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1398
Rating:2.8
Comments:
The only reason I didn't rate this judge with a line of 1s is because Judge Rubin sets the record for absolute worst ever. Salant lacks judgment, temperament, and all the other fundamentals that make a good judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1356
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Judge Salant certainly didn't let a lack of understanding the issues prevent him from reaching a decision in the one case I've had before him.

Litigant

Comment #: MD1247
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My experience with, at the time Master Salant, was really quite awful. My case (pro se) was a child support modification request - the first a decade after the divorce was final.

From the outset of the hearing, Master Salant exhibited disdain and disrespect for me and my quest for fair hearing. Others who witnessed the hearing were flabbergasted.

I have a para legal background and so am not a stranger to courtroom procedure. Salant took every opportunity to belittle me as a person, litigant and parent. He refused to hear the bulk of my evidence.

What a chilling effect such conduct creates to those of us seeking a fair and impartial hearing.

Perhaps a coincidence, but the defendant, my ex husband, has a sister who is member of the same attorneys' club as Mr. Salant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1165
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Despite my limited experience with this judge and although I don't have the facts re the BIA, I'll tell you from my experience and others that MC BIAs tend to milk the parties for the little effort they put into their job. This judge probably knew that because anyone with domestic experience would know that fact. Its unfortunate.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1131
Rating:3.5
Comments:
Is there a way to send him back to being a Master?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1109
Rating:5.5
Comments:
It shows the problems with sending a Domestic Relations Master straight to Circuit court. He must have one of the worst judicial temperaments ever! He is petty, dictatorial and obviously thinks too highly of himself. He was willing to accept a District court seat. He was that desperate.

Other

Comment #: MD1027
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Salant was rated as the worst Judge in Maryland.

Both Judge Salant and the Commission on Judicial Disabilities are a sick joke!
Both disrespected the rape victim and should be held accountable.

A case of the good Old Boys Club protecting each other. SHAME on Salant and the CJD!

Other

Comment #: MD1026
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Why would any rape victim come forward in Montgomery County.

3 young men gang rape a girl, confess to first degre rape he releases them with no consequences and the victim get crusified. What was he thinking.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1025
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Salant is a complete incompetent! Total embarrismnent to the Judicial System and has brough shame to the Commission on Judicial Disabilities.
How can anyone re-victimise a gang raped 15 year old girl and her family.
If he does not resign he should be removed.

Litigant

Comment #: MD1014
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Sometimes he gets it right- but when he screws up- he does big time. I certainly dont think he should be handling any family law cases- but then again the entire MoCo Bench is corrupt- what more do you expect.
He should have been removed from the Bench for his inappropriate comments towards a victim. Kudos to that dad whose voice was finally heard- its not an easy thing to achieve.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1003
Rating:2.8
Comments:
he was terrible when he was a domestic relations master and he has not gotten any better

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD855
Rating:2.0
Comments:
The posting regarding the BIA opinion is untrue. Judge Salant's ruling was OVERTURNED after a 3-judge panel review, and the BIA was awarded 100% of the claimed fees. There has been no appellate ruling. Judge Salant's ruling and his handling of the case have been widely criticized.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD836
Rating:8.8
Comments:
In 2010, Judge Salant issued the most widely circulated written opinion in Montgomery County. A parent had challenged the grossly excessive bills of his child's Best Interest Attorney. Judge Salant reduced the BIA's bills by 90% on the grounds that the BIA had not properly performed her duties, had not properly allocated her legal services between the parents, and had not even submitted proper and timely invoices. His ruling was affirmed on appeal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD824
Rating:2.4
Comments:
I have been in court rooms for 30 years and Salant is by far the worst I have ever seen!