Hon. Cheryl A. McCally See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.1 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Cheryl A. McCally



Comment #: MD7346
By the far the worst or one of the worst judges in MD. This woman doesn’t understand the definition of evidence. It’s like she is allergic to evidence and doing the right thing. She discriminated against my age and race in the court room. I will be filing multiple complaints to the courts and media outlets.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD7254
She really is as bad as others say she is. Been in front of her several times and she seems to get worse as time goes on. Do your best to avoid her.
If you are stuck with her, consider settlement, even if you have a strong case. She's a crapshoot. Good luck!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD7250
By far the worst judge still sitting in MD state court. She has no clue what she is doing in civil cases and does not understand evidence to save her life

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD7124
One of the worst judges I've ever seen.
Doesn't understand basic rules of evidence.
How did she become a judge?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD7042
Terrible judge.
Late, or have extended breaks for whatever reasons, not taking into account important evidence in the family court. Allowed abusive parent to have 50% of custody. Abuse is confirmed by the therapist and numerous witnesses, and continues now.
I am not sure how she is even allowed to be a judge...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6944
Judge McCally is incompetent. My new pastime is to count how many times during her hearing dockets she pulls a confused face and says, "I don't understand." She cannot grasp even the simplest concepts. How did she get on the bench?! And WHY is she staying there. She must know she's not bright.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6930
Awful judge!
In family law she is clearly pro-father (in three cases before her she ruled for father when the evidence in the record was clearly going the other way).
Shows up late for hearings and doesn't even apologize for it (try not to get after lunch, when she comes strolling in about 30 minutes late).
Also doesn't seem to be aware that the rules of evidence should apply in her courtroom. The client couldn't afford to appeal otherwise I'd have loved to had her overturned.
Shes a bad judge.


Comment #: MD6662
Opposite to what representative of law and fair judgment should be. Always late. Not paying attention to the case. She missed (I believe deliberately) important pieces of evidence and twisted one of the important witness' testimony in my case. I was shocked. Not much to say, but I think she also needs to be evaluated for the racial profiling. Unfortunately I will have to give up as I don't have funds to appeal, but at least someone will read my review about this person.

I honestly think she does not deserve to judge, and needs to be removed.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MD6279
She is not judge material! She needs to be removed from the bench!


Comment #: MD6274
Judge Cheryl A.McNally is a very incompetent racist judge! She should be removed from the bench immediately! She made me homeless and refused to give me my fair day in court on two separate court dates! Having her reside over my appeals and court proceedings was a waste of my time! She was chronically late both times that I went out of my way to be heard by her on my court dates! She did not let me speak and had the defendant's lawyer do all the talking! She told the biggest lie that I would get one hour to plead my case. Thirty minutes of this case was taken up, waiting for her to show up! Then,she showed up so late with a very non-challant attitude! She allowed the defendant to speak first for twenty minutes of the hour! I got no more than five or ten minutes before this incompetent judge said she was going to turn my case back to HOC, HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION so they could make the final decision! With all of the preponderance of proof that I showed this incompetent judge that my voucher was wrongly terminated,she still allowed racist Carrie Blackman,HOC's lawyer to have the bulk of the time in court. She then incompetently did not know how to exact justice, so she turned my case right back over to HOC to further carry out her lack of knowledge in dealing with fair housing issues! Do not allow this ignorant, racist, incompetent judge to preside over your case! She is a waste of the tax paying dollar.She is always late, doesn't listen or allow the plaintiff to speak! Please remove her from the bench!


Comment #: MD5135
Zealously pro-prosecution.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3435
I had Judge McCally for a summary judgment hearing. She allowed the parties to complete their arguments, asked appropriate questions when necessary, and kept command of the courtroom while being polite. I am interested to see her in trial.