Hon. James B. Sarsfield See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.2 - 5 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. James B. Sarsfield


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Litigant

Comment #: MD2350
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Dishonest as regards law. Oblivious as regards fact. In traffic court he ruled against every single defendant, assembly line fashion, and regardless of their defenses, gave everyone the identical fine according to formula. In response to reminders to the judge from at least 2 defendants of their constitutional rights to due process, Judge Sarsfield responded that the 5th Amendment applies only to matters of self-incrimination, the 14th Amendment only provides due process in criminal actions, and ignored their pleas for fundamental fairness. Refused to allow any continuanaces or extensions of time, and even threatened to hold one defendant in "contempt-of-court" and send him "downstairs to the lockup" when he asked the judge why his verdict had ignored all the facts that had been presented for the defense. An unfit judge that needs to be reported and removed from the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2306
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Sarsfield didn't write the positive comments from 1/3/14. I wrote one of them. I am a female longtime attorney in Montgomery County, and I know the other attorney who also commented. I stand by my very favorable opinion of Judge Sarsfield. He's a great judge. If the defense lawyer who keeps having bad experiences with him wants to contact me, I'l be happy to help her in any way I can.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2283
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The last two comments were written by Judge Sarsfield himself. Look, some of the best judges get negative comments. Take them as helpful criticisms. Writing your own reviews is obvious, and kind of funny. The truth is that you're insecure but witty, and at times insightful. You just need to relax. It's a moment in time. Nobody remembers Judge Klavan, and during his tenure, he could be a holy terror!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2245
Rating:9.9
Comments:
He is one of the best judges on the District Court bench. Someday I would like to see him on the Circuit Court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2244
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Judge Sarsfield is thoughtful, smart and willing to listen. As a female attorney, I have found him to always be professional and fair to other women. I have appeared before him since he was on the bench. I appear before him an average of once every ten days.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2232
Rating:9.5
Comments:
This judge is a smart, fair and even-tempered jurist. Yes, he might be a tad slow, but that makes him a perfect pick for Circuit Court. These previous negative comments are a sad commentary on lawyers who've lost their case and now want to blame the judge. Sad!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2225
Rating:1.1
Comments:
His temperament is outrageous. When a defense attorney fights for their client or disagrees with him, he takes it personally and gets angry. He routinely tells counsel that "if they say one more word, they will be spending time," meaning he will lock them up. He believes he has the right to ask questions of the client after the proffer and all through sentencing, like Judge Boynton. He does not appreciate defense counsel's role and strips them of their ability to do their job by the threat of jail. He lets irrelevant issues in and it affects his decisions with respect to punishment. There is no way to deal with his moods and anger, no way. He is extremely unreasonable. he stomps off the bench after each temperamental rant.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1627
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This man does not have a working knowledge of the rules of evidence. He does not understand the hearsay rule and does not impress me as having been a trial lawyer. Worst of all, he does not understand his role as a judge, that is to call balls and strikes. He overtly advocates the state's role and convicts in almost every case. It's very much like defending against two prosecutors. He's to be avoided for trial in every instance.