Hon. Karen Murphy Jensen See Rating Details
Chief Judge
Circuit Court
Caroline County
2nd Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.7 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Karen Murphy Jensen


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD7008
It was a tragedy to lose Judge Jensen from the bench, and the person who took her place should be ashamed of how he forced her out. Hopefully she will be back as a retired judge after the appointee loses the election.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6884
This woman should have been removed years ago. She is the nastiest more bike behaving woman I've ever seen. There's even a facebook group that is committed to having her charged for her court crimes. I hope they get somewhere and she finds out what it's like to be on the other side of the bench.


Comment #: MD6141
I was witness to her fixing a civil custody case so that it would drag on for years and the lawyers not the children were the only ones happy in the end. She made bad decisions based on no facts just on what the other parent said and he was convincing but still no facts. She was very proud to tie this up in the system which in the end backfired and turned out this great father was abusive and the kids went where they should have been the entire time but she was too blinded by money to see the truth.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD5539
Really sorry she is not going to stay on the bench. She has always been fair while being polite and caring about the people on every part of the cases before her. Caroline County will not be as fine a place without her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3857
Judge Jensen worked with the family member of a party to my case. She attends church with family members to the opposing party as well, and has openly admitted to having a friendship for over 15 years. She had a Facebook page, and she and her husband, Chris jensen, both had the opposing parties family members on the site as friends. When her Facebook and personal relationship were complained about to the appeals courts, she deleted her entire facebook, but yet 3 years of litigation, she refused to recuse herself. I have no history of domestic violence, alcohol or drug abuse, or child maltreatment, however she was vindictive and took my children and gave them to a known abuser and drug addict and alcoholic. Complaints filed with judicial disabilities.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3574
Very, very fair. Kind and understanding. I travel a lot in the state. She clearly is one of top judges in the state.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD387
great temperament - willing to listen to point of view - if she sees there is "bad blood" between council, she will make an attempt, privately, to resolve, before doing it in open court - a breath of fresh air from her predesessor