Hon. Shaem C. P. Spencer See Rating Details
District Judge
Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.3 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 5 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. Shaem C. P. Spencer


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD6793
Rating:3.0
Comments:
I tried a case in front of Judge Spencer and he seemed angered that I tried the case. He had made up his mind before the trial even started and my client did not get a fair trial. The sentence imposed however was very reasonable. Judge Spencer does not appear take the time to listen to the arguments but seems to make up his mind before you even open your mouth.

Other

Comment #: MD6490
Rating:10.0
Comments:
EXTEMELY good judge. Great guy on or off bench. Circuit Court needs him.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6221
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Update on Comment# MD5990: I wrote a letter the Judge John McKenna, who overturned the FTA and the warrant attached to it. I was given a new trial date with Judge Laura Robinson, who is more familiar with the Constitutional Right to Travel procedures. I lost, but it was to my understanding that that was the way it was suppose to be. It was a more compromiseable lost. This is going into appeals at the Circuit Court.

Litigant

Comment #: MD5990
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The impression I got from him was rather standoffish, cold, methodical and emotionally disconnected from all the cases he heard. I tried to represent myself with the Constitutional Right to Travel and he gave me a FTA. I realize there are people out there that are doing this for their own agenda, but I am the real deal for the right reasons. I believe we have the Right to Travel w/our private property without taxes, fees and fines attached only assessed to balance the State's budget. I was ready to plea my cause to the State but the prosecutor wanted me to plea guilty. My license was renewed and my car was impounded. I had nothing to lose. But the judge bowed out giving me a FTA on what I call "a defensive technicality". He didn't want to hear it. 0830JHL-DC AACo

Other

Comment #: MD5837
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Spencer presided over my final peace order hearing. He was fair to both sides. I'm glad he had the wisdom to see I was entitled finalizing my peace order. Thank you.

Other

Comment #: MD5039
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He turned his back during my testimony, and at times he placed his hand on his chin in a nonchalant manner. I do not think he was fair or had any respect. I do not know who voted him in.

Other

Comment #: MD2280
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge is very fair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2172
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I appeared before Judge Spencer for the first time today. He handled a very large docket quickly and efficiently, giving respect and deference to all who appeared before him. He is obviously a very intelligent man, but also one who is kind and professional. I feel that Judge Spencer is a credit to the Anne Arundel County District Court bench and the Maryland Bar.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1959
Rating:9.5
Comments:
This judge has a good disposition, and is always fair and reasonable.