Hon. John C. Moffett See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.3 - 9 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. John C. Moffett


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4071
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Just pay the fucking ticket! All that research and transfer. You could of had some good pussy. All that time wasted. Get a life. I like Judge Moffet he is a very good Judge. Give second chances all the time. He listens. He reads,You doing to much! If he say come back! Then come back! You got time right. America you bitches over react to everything. Research HOW TO GET A FUCKING LIFE. HOW TO GET PUSSY.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4069
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Having appeared before Judge Moffett as a self represented litigant in a speed camera case, unfortunately I must disagree with most of the positive opinions posted about Judge Moffett on this site.

I was driving a car registered to my mother and wanted a speed camera citation transferred to me which Maryland judges do frequently. Judge Moffett said he would transfer the citation but that I needed to appear another time to stand trial on the citation.

In preparation for trial I had diligently researched the Maryland speed camera statute and through a Public Information Act request obtained a copy of Montgomery County's contract with the company that operates the speed camera program. The contract shows that Montgomery County is paying a contract operator per citation in violation of the statute. To find this out required much diligent research. When I explained to Moffett that: 1) I did substantial legal and factual research to present my case, 2) Was about to take a job on the Eastern shore (it later fell through), and 3) Would like him to please hear my case that day as had judges in the past who had transferred speed cam citations from my mother to me for the car registered to my mother; Moffett threatened to charge me criminally with unlicensed practice of law for as a non-lawyer trying to represent my mother in his court. He then, without transferring the citation declared my mother failure to appear.

On explaining this to several lawyer contacts of mine, I was informed that Moffett plays guitar in a band, considers himself an entertainer and likes to make jokes from the bench; as I did observe in the cases of the litigants appearing prior to me. Those lawyer contacts told me that while they could not be certain they suspect the judge was just joking.

Judge Moffett should be informed that when he speaks from the bench to a non-lawyer with whom he is not familiar he represents the office of Judge and needs to conduct himself appropriately.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3949
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I feel like I was heard, and had my day in court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3888
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
another time before Moffett-good demenor again. I got an adverse ruling but it was well explained and he was polite and respectful as always.

being polite and respectful is, of course, better than 50% or more of judges in MD

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3778
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I had a case before this judge and he has some of the best demeanor I have ever seen. He was very down to earth and approachable and easy to talk to. Even though he did not decide the case completely in my favor I thought he was fair and neutral. There was only one issue I had where he ruled on an uncontested issue. Overall, would love to try more cases in front of this judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3644
Rating:8.7
Comments:
Not afraid to find people not guilty when the state doesn't prove their case, will give you a fair trial and has good demeanor.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3409
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Excellent, Judge he is very understanding, fair.

Other

Comment #: MD2458
Rating:1.0
Comments:
prime example of what's wrong with America's court systems

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2426
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Appeared before this judge several times. Always friendly, kind to people in front of him, and listens to everything you want to say. Great demeanor.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2369
Rating:8.9
Comments:
Has a great disposition. That counts for a LOT in a judge. Doesn't suffer from Robeitis at all (hope that doesn't change as he stays on the bench).

Have no hesitation trying a case in front of him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1971
Rating:8.1
Comments:
Very calm and attentive, he allows everyone to have their day in court. He's very respectful, and explains the law prior to making an adverse ruling.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1894
Rating:8.7
Comments:
Personable, fair, respectful.

Other

Comment #: MD1817
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Very even tempered, he listens to everything you say. Seems like a really nice, calm guy for a judge.
I do think he needs to know more about stuffs... or maybe he's pretending like he doesn't know?? I'm glad he got my case dismissed.