Hon. Vicki Ballou-Watts See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Baltimore County County
3rd Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.2 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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. Vicki Ballou-Watts



Comment #: MD7108
This judge is one of the worst judges I have ever seen. Her "calm demeanor" and stolid temperament -- barely showing any emotion -- are mere cover for COMPLETE incompetence. She does not only NOT understand "complex" law, she actually makes rulings based on things NOT in evidence, and completely rules against case law in a way that overturns decades of established principles. Notably, she does not understand the principle of res judicata. This is a terrible judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD6362
In my trial she was professional, understanding, and fair. She didn't always rule for me but she didn't show any emotion or personal bias. Judge Ensor and Judge Purpura could learn from her on ways to a honorable judge! She is exactly what a judge should be like whether male or female.


Comment #: MD5344
Fair and compassionate


Comment #: MD4634
She may have a calm demeanor, but she has poor skills in understanding a case, and is prone to include things in an order that none of the litigants requested. She may not be the worst judge, but she certainly does not rise to the level of mediocre. She is obviously biased against men, and will bend over backwards to help women. The way the court rooms are arranged in Baltimore County allows many of the women court workers to make faces and show displeasure at litigants. This is a serious problem and this judge does not care to keep control of her workers and stop this kind of harassment. Overall she deserves a low rating.


Comment #: MD3975
She is fair but compassionate and realistic.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3070
If pleasantness made for legal scholarship, Balt. co. Litigants could be assured of justice that they can't get now. Always focused on settlement even in cases which cry out for a ruling.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1726
At times insulting when stating a ruling in open court, seems to have an attitude when ruling, rather than humility. Poor understanding of complex matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD465
Very poor understanding of complex civil matters. Not at all a good judge to be in front of when the law is complicated.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD173
Judge Ballou-Watts is the epitome of judicial temperament. That said, I wish that she were easier on the clients at sentencing.