Hon. Karla N. Smith See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.7 - 10 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Karla N. Smith



Comment #: MD6233
This judge was assigned our case last minute - she did not read all (or maybe any) of the PLC trial information. She had to go lay down because of back problems (I would assume on back pain medicine as well). She took less than 20 minutes to decide (which went against ALL 0ther legal guidance prior). Let the father have medical insurance and he picked a carrier that did not allow for pediatric specialists that the children need, he had never been any help with medical care prior to the divorce (or has he been since then). She ignored financial agreements that had been made during mediation and at the PLC hearings.

We went back to court and then she referenced prior agreements for paying of afterschool activities - which has never been followed since that time.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3919
David Martella trained her. That's my dude he is,very good lawyer. To laid back in a pool of dirty, unethical, greedy, lawyers. But he is very honest. Excellent lawyer.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3517
Rating:Not Rated
I loss in her court room. But you know what she was so fair. I felt bad when I left her court room. Because I was terrible before her. She wanted to know why I was so angry. I showed out in her court room. Then she had some kind of child of abuse case she took to her chambers. I felt really bad. Yes put her in circuit court. She is very fair.


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3413
I heard she is up for Circuit Court. I, highly recommend her. One, of the best female Judges. Absolutely scrupulous, congenial to all, professional, evenhanded and fair. This woman is a role model for the judges of Maryland, nay, the entire profession. No, female Judge is more Qualify.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3404
Rating:Not Rated
Had criminal trial. Judge Smith was very patient in listening to testimony. Gave well reasoned opinion. Was very courteous to all participants.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3403
Excellent Judge. I lost a case before her. But she was fair. In my criminal trial. Judge Smith was very patient in listening to testimony. Gave well reasoned opinion. Was very courteous to all participants. Good Material for Circuit Court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2394
Everything you want in a judge. Just super.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2380
Willing to do the work and reaserch and address complicated rules statutes and case law in the District Court even when the docket is heavy.

Very polite even when pressed for time or annoying. Very respectful of both pro se and attorneys.

everything a judge should be and should move up to Circuit Court. sadly a rarity on the Maryland bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2376
Judge Smith was very pleasant, but appeared quite pro-Plaintiff, even though she ruled in favor of Defendants in my case. I do not think she will never find for Ds, but if the facts are close, she'll give it to P.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2165
She hasn't been anything but a state employee with a 100% bias against victims and in favor of states' attorneys for her whole career, and it is as clear as day when she's on the bench. She makes improper comments, and clogs all systems with ridiculous sentences -- she doesn't have a clue, but she thinks she does. She is very dangerous. She has no understanding of district court, as she hasn't been in it for 15 years. She doesn't understand the ramifications of her draconian sentences on government employees or the families of defendants, or anything about the loss of employment and the financial crippling that she is causing -- she is clueless. Never mind even discussing evidence --everything in for the state. The two comments below are obviously her best friends, and worthless. This is not a joke -- she does not know what she is doing.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2079
Judge Smith possesses the extremly rare combination of a fabulous temperament and intelligence. Hopefully she will be bumped up to the Circuit Court very soon -- the bench really needs her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1543
I have always been a fan of Karla. She is smart, earnest, open minded and compassionate. And, she is beautiful. It's like Judge Harrington had had a beautiful little baby that grew up to be a judge. David, I didn't know you had it in you! Congrats Karla! p.s. stay away from Judge Wolf. That "Denied-itis" is contagious!