Hon. Joseph M. Quirk See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.4 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   9.0 - 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. Quirk


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3984
Judge Quirk applied the wrong burden of proof. Enough said.


Comment #: MD2467
Given the complexity of our 17 year old domestic case, Judge Quirk takes the time to listen, review and then issue opinions based on facts, not idiotic arguments made by opposing counsel. He is extraordinarily thorough and compassionate and extremely fair.


Comment #: MD2311
Following several alterations in dockets, Judge Quirk was unexpectedly assigned to our PL hearing. We witnessed his wisdom and discernment –- probing through fallacies to focus on the truths which he 'filtered out' during the testimonies of both parties, as well as from information provided and presented by both representative counsel. We were grateful, not only that he allowed 'overtime,' but that he presided with ‘righteous justice,' not being 'moved' by the opposing side's attempt at discrediting and defaming us through exaggerated information and false allegations. This experience was a positive and enlightening reminder that we do have 'honorable' judges not only making 'fair' decisions but, more importantly, discerning truth from untruth. If the custody/divorce trial remains on the docket, we anticipate that the next judge will preside and rule with the integrity and high standards that Judge Quirk has upheld as an example.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1424
He has been top notch in a Track 4 case in all aspects. I am sure my opposing counsel would agree that we both enjoyed being before Judge Quirk. One interesting tit bit, he makes the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag before starting court. Never saw that before.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1416
Holds counsel to a high standard. Expects punctuality and that counsel are prepared. My experience is only in family. Enjoyed appearing before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1301
Judge Quirk has a somber demeanor that appears intended to intimidate litigants and lawyers. His comments from the bench are short and firm. He does not want to be challenged. Another instance in which a judge thinks his robe elevates him above all others.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1031
Not a good judicial demeanor. His ego gets in the way of listening to counsel and in the way of handling matters appropriately. Appears to be prejudiced against attorneys he had cases with that he did not like in private practice. Personal feelings re counsel or a particalar gender have no place in a courtroom.