Hon. Karla N. Smith See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.7 - 7 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


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3100
Unfortunately the beautiful smile and good temperament can't cover up the fact that she is a State's Attorney in a robe. Sentences are worse than most Judges and not practicle or reasonable, bonds are too high and I have even heard ask the State what do you want for a bond? Is that good? I hear her worrying about things a Judge should not be worrying about with respect to "victims". She can't seem to grow with respect to her new role and really should not even be comfortable asking to be promoted to Circuit Court. That is part of the problem right there! Ego.

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!