Hon. Sally C. Chester See Rating Details
District Judge
Circuit Court
Baltimore County County
3rd Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.9 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 3 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. Sally C. Chester



Comment #: MD6916
Horrible. Judge Chester was partial to the defendant while I was a victim of a violent assault, she denied my peace order and believed all of the lies told by the defendant and her 2 friends. She also had a sarcastic attitude, it is difficult to believe she could make it through law school as her lack of intelligence was very obvious.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD6677
Hands down, the best District Court Judge in Maryland.


Comment #: MD6643
I was a defendant. It was my first offense. Judge Chester took that into consideration and gave me probation before judgement which will spare me a record. She was fair and I appreciate the fact that she gave a first offender a break.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6149
Wish we had more judges as thoughtful and conscientious as Judge Chester. She always compliments both counsel and listens carefully to the arguments and facts.


Comment #: MD4132
Notice how Judge Chester gets consistently high marks from Defense attorney. Pretty much says it all. She's more interested in chumming up to counsel and dropping names than she is in seeing the guilty punished.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3768
Judge Chester is the fairest, most honorable, and most professional Judge in Baltimore County and probably Maryland. As an attorney, I am honored to be part of the same system as Judge Chester, and what a great world it would be if they were all like Judge Chester. Her internal sense of fairness, willingness to listen, and energy serves as a counter-example to all the cranky judges, the judges who do not care, the judges who do not listen, the little lesser judges--none of them can hold a candle to Judge Chester.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3526
Judge Chester is the fairest and Kind-hearted ever to serve the citizens of Baltimore County.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3069
Very considerate to all in the court, always tells the client what a good job counsel has done, knows the issues and prepares ahead of time. I feel grateful whenever I bring a client before her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2736
"Aunt Sally" affectionately known among the bar is just that: your aunt. She is very cheerful and acknowledges everyone in the gallery whether they have a case or not. She can snap at you one second and then praise you the next for doing a good job. Also has a quick sense of humor. If you are sincere with her, she will reciprocate. In a criminal case, make sure your client adheres to all her conditions or they won't be so lucky next time.