Hon. Paul G. Goetzke See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.3 - 22 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 16 rating(s)
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* 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. Paul G. Goetzke


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Court Staff

Comment #: MD2387
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The last 3 posts on this judge, all 1 star with negative comments, were obviously posted by the same unhappy person. They were all posted w/in a few minutes at 6 AM.

Other

Comment #: MD2373
Rating:1.0
Comments:
As a defendant in a few cases with this judge he showed no compassion or sympathy to my situation which i came in to have resolved, he was very unprofessional, very biased toward the plantiff

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2372
Rating:1.1
Comments:
no comment

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2333
Rating:9.8
Comments:
I fully agree with the comments of MD2145 and MD1797.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2322
Rating:1.9
Comments:
This is the worst judge that I've ever been in front of. He stated on the record that he was contemptuous of my client (a civil defendant), and then said that he would recuse himself if I wished, but that he felt he could be fair. My mistake was believing him. During the course of the trial, Judge Goetzke did not allow me to question witnesses, refused to allow me to make my record, disallowed use of deposition testimony as impeachment (for me only, not for the plaintiff's counsel), made objections on behalf of plaintiff's counsel and otherwise assisted plaintiff's counsel in the litigation of his case, chastised me for making proper objections (which he sustained!), and even interrupted me during my closing argument. Not to mention he tried to bully me into settling during pre-trial conferences, despite a legitimate liability dispute. Despite his railroading, the jury came back in my favor in less than ten minutes. In his defense, Judge Goetzke did apologize for "judging too quickly," a.k.a. doing the opposite of what a judge is supposed to do. I'm only thankful that he committed all of these offenses on the record so that I have a record of it. I'm not sure how he got on the bench, but Maryland will be a better place when he retires.

Court Staff

Comment #: MD2264
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Paul Goetzke is no more qualified to be a judge than an orangutan. After breaking his neck and becoming a quadriplegic, he was "given" a seat as a judge by "running" with a more qualified teammate.

Other

Comment #: MD2145
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is horrible, and clearly should not be on the bench. Thankfully, the appellate court saw all of his errors and reversed his insane decisions.

Other

Comment #: MD1797
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Commentor # MD1277 below is stalking this site with repeated one star ratings. 11 have been posted in the 10 month since her 1st. In the 4 1/2 years before it, there were a total of 4.

Other

Comment #: MD1781
Rating:1.0
Comments:
66.7% of Goetzke's decisions are reversed by an appeals court.

Court Staff

Comment #: MD1778
Rating:1.0
Comments:
One of the most unqualified and lazy Judges on the bench. Shouldn't be in the position that he has been given. I see litigants lives destroyed on a daily basis due to his ignorance and lack of common sense.

If you're looking for Goetzke and you can't find him it's probably because he's on an another hour and a half lunch break or because he went home early, again.

While not everyone can be as good as Silkworth, I can only hope they can't be half as bad as Goetzke.

Court Staff

Comment #: MD1776
Rating:1.0
Comments:
One of the most unqualified and lazy Judges on the bench. Shouldn't be in the position that he has been given. I see litigants lives destroyed on a daily basis due to his ignorance and lack of common sense.

If you're looking for Goetzke and you can't find him it's probably because he's on an another hour and a half lunch break or because he went home early, again.

While not everyone can be as good as Silkworth, I can only hope they can't be half as bad as Goetzke.

Other

Comment #: MD1771
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Goetzke makes a mockery of the judicial system. His lack of understanding of the law coupled with his inability to accurately and fairly utilize case law and common sense is horrifying.

Goetzke was elected because he ran on the same Republican ticket as another, more qualified Judge. He was put on that ticket as a favor to a certain group of people that are part of the "Good Ol' Boy" network within Annapolis and the State.

Countless attorneys and their clients have been negatively affected by this Judge and his affiliation to this "network". More than a few attorneys fear confronting the Honarable Paul Goetzke as the livelihood of their careers can be severely impacted by his scorn.

This, in and of itself, goes against the basic tenants of the Judiciary. Allowing this man, his corruption, his inability to perform and his "Thanks for the Job" modus operandi is a disgrace to our constitution.

Something must be done to stop The Honorable Paul G. Goetzke.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1768
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Perhaps one of the most incompetent human beings to have ever worn the robe. It is a sad day for those of us who stand before him.

Other

Comment #: MD1732
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Goetzke is not capable of performing the basic duties of his position. His lack of experience, knowledge of the law and on record statements and actions make him a liability.

The Honorable Paul G. Goetzke will no doubt read this message and post a reply "upping" his own ranking on this site. It is clear that his actions, even on this very website, are in direct violation of the code of conduct that every judge must follow.

Do your research on Judge Goetzke and you be the "Judge". What you find may shock you.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1684
Rating:5.9
Comments:
A lot of people say bad things about Judge Goetzke, but I think he is much smarter and more fair than many think. He is a bit slow to get on the bench and takes a long time to get opinions out, but he usually gets it right in civil cases. A lot of disgruntled litigants just don't like his decisions, but they are usually in the wrong and hoped to put one over on someone.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1660
Rating:10.0
Comments:
For attorneys - Judge Goetzke has run a relaxed courtroom each time I've been before him. Patient with young lawyers. Accomodating. Went off the bench to look at law. I had negligence cases and can't speak to pre-2008 or what "Others" feel about their case.

Other

Comment #: MD1632
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Goetzke is arrogant and disrespectful to all parties in the courtroom. He interrupted attorneys almost constantly and coopted the examination witnesses. Absolutely shocking behavior by a judge. He had to be instructed on points of law by the attorneys. It scares me that people's lives are being decided by this man. (I agree with earlier statements that the responses look fishy. Seems very coincidental that there is a tit-for-tat response to any negative comment.)

Other

Comment #: MD1628
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Interesting. Looks as if there is an immediate positive comment to every negative comment about Goetzke. Look at the number of comments he has compared to other judges. If you remove the positive comments he would be ranked as one of the worst judges on this site.

I wonder if that's Goetzke himself? I wonder what the leaders of his political party would say about his actions? I wonder if anyone that represents the rights of those less fortunate will find his actions interesting and actionable?

At a minimum, this man should be removed from public office at the risk of further embarrassing not only himself but the constitution and common sense.

Other

Comment #: MD1626
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Mr. K. (## 1614 and 1625),

I am sorry if you are disappointed by the outcome of your custody case, but judges are required to consider parents’ residences in determining where it is in their child’s best interest to live.

If a parent lives in an area plagued by crime, the court must consider that fact. It does not make him a racist.

Other

Comment #: MD1614
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Goetzke is intellectually impaired when it comes to performing his functions as a judge. He has made racist and prejudicial comments on record and has no grasp of the law.

His improper conduct has currently put him in front of the Judicial Disabilities Committee for investigation as several public opinions are being filed based on his bias and racist comments.

Other

Comment #: MD1541
Rating:4.0
Comments:
Very attentive and focused on making correct rulings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1439
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The last post clearly came from a person, probably unrepresented, who lost a case. Judge Goetzke is extremely capable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1409
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Allowing this man to be a Judge is offensive to the principle of common sense. He appears to have obtained his law degree off the back of a pack of matches! He is unable to apply the Rules of Civil Procedures in his Court Room. He is fundamentally inept in the law arena. He seems to believe that because he has the title of Judge that he has no accountability, he his very sorely mistaken. We do not need any more clowns in our system of jurisprudence. He most assuredly, decides cases not on merit but from his own personal opinion. It is quite alarming that people of this caliber are in such positions.

Other

Comment #: MD1314
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The judge was very rude and did not listen to testimony but instead talked to the clerk during my testimony. He allowed the plantiff to testify and everything that happened before the child was born. He made a decision when the defendent testified that we could only go back two years. The child in question was only three. The mother drank during her pregnancy and he did want to hear about it. He even thought one of the defendant's witnesses was the plantiff's. He was on the plantiff's side because of his Catholic schooling and the plantiff's grandfather was a principal at a Catholic high school. He even stated that the defendants house was not as "superior" as the plantiff because we only had one bathroom. This Judge was a joke and should be removed. I don't care if he is in a wheelchair. I am working with a reporter from a major newspaper to develope this story as the child grows up. Hopefully the father will have a different judge whe he files for custody in the future. He does not care if purgery is committed and proven over four times. Are we still in the United States of America or do we abide by the law this judge makes up!!!! Definately pro Catholic and pro Mother!!! If you can get another judge. Unfortunately it is the children that suffer. I plan to make him responsible for everything and make the media aware of his predjudice against fathers,

Other

Comment #: MD1312
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I agree with the public trust people, this judge has a great haircut. He deserves a 10 !

Other

Comment #: MD1277
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is the worst. Not only did he discriminate the job of my fiance (he is a firefighter) and make many unnecessary comments regarding the City of Annapolis ON RECORD, he completely dismissed every criminial infraction of the other party, and there are MANY! He awarded child support based on the other party having no income, which she stated on record she was working full time, provided no calculations on how he came to such an absurd number, came to a shared physical custody agreement that disrupts his childs schedule by changing homes in the middle of the school week and also keeps him from his brother and step brother. He did not let our lawyer provide opening OR closing statements and cut us off before we were done presenting evidence. Bottom line, this judge doesn't care what is right. He should NOT be allowed to hear custody or child support cases! If he doesn't like you or what you do, he has it out for you. Now I personally know why he is the most appealed judge!

Other

Comment #: MD1254
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Very considerate of litigants.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MD1150
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Have had several difficult cases before J. goetzke and believe he one of best on bench. A little late on the bench sometimes, but that's it.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MD1082
Rating:9.3
Comments:
If you are prepared to try your case, know what you are doing, and don't waste time, he is one of the best. J. Goetske is courteous, relaxed, and accommodating. The mean-spirited, juvenile statements below sound like they were made by disappointed parties or lawyers who just didn't do well in court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD761
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Disaster

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD721
Rating:1.3
Comments:
If Goetzke isn't retarded, he is certainly border line. He is as stupid as he is mean. He rolls onto the bench whenever he feels like it, but holds people in contempt for being late. He is pro-State and won't give any defendant a fair trial. No one takes him seriously. He got on the bench through demagoging. He shouldn't be a judge, he should be in a nursing home. He can't take notes on issues. He falls asleep on the bench. He is often confused and just sides with the State because it is easier. The only advantage is that he is often overturned and reversible error is always better than a fair trial.

Other

Comment #: MD707
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Pre Judges his case, has his mind made up before viewing evidence, rules by intimidation. The worst Judge ever!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD706
Rating:6.9
Comments:
He got on the bench by promising to lock everyone up. He has not broken his promise, but you will get a fair trial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD698
Rating:8.5
Comments:
I find the judge to be very respectful to counsel and parties. He listens to the evidence, asks appropriate questions, and listens to argument of counsel. If he is not familiar with the applicable law, he will question counsel and then do his own research. His opinions appear to be reasonable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD535
Rating:3.3
Comments:
The judge makes up his mind before any evidence is presented and bars the side he has decided should lose from presenting the most basic evidence/testimony in support of their position. In family law cases, I have had him order child support/alimony that exceeds what the paying party receives in net income, forcing him into homelessness. I have seen him make "medical findings" based solely on the party's testimony that they are "permanently disabled" without any support MD testimony or even official documents in support of this position. When urged to review legal decisions that support a position he doesn't like, he refuses to even take copies (when proffered) so he could consider whether there was legal precedent in support of a party's position.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD341
Rating:4.1
Comments:
I agree that he seems to pre-judge his cases. If you get on his bad side at the beginning of the case or are contrary to this pre-judged position, no matter how good of a case you have, you're done for. One of the worst judges I have tried a civil case before in the state for matters outside of his realm of expertise.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD317
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Seems to pre-judge his cases. Although he gives the appearance of attentiveness, when the opinion is issued the points of legal arguments seem to be lost on him if he is unfamiliar with an area of law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD264
Rating:8.8
Comments:
Understood a complex legal issue very quickly. Listened attentively to a long legal argument and asked very good questions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD63
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Made a difficult but legally correct ruling in a complex pre-trial motion.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD13
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Rarely on the bench. Intellectually lazy. Does not know the law, either civil or criminal. Has had more three-judge panels than all other AA judges combined. Hands down, the worst.