Hon. J. Michael Wachs See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.8 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 8 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. J. Michael Wachs


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3152
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
My son, at only 6 years old, has had his arm broken while being chased, fingerprint-shaped bruises on both arms, scratches and cuts on both eyes on multiple occasions, patches of hair missing, has a permanent scar on his forehead from being shoved face first into a table which resulted in stitches, and has told me countless stories about being abused at home. In fact, I recorded and instance in which my son told me about his mom smacking him around. The video was clearly unprompted. I only asked open-ended questions and repeatedly asked him "are you sure?" When he spoke of his abuse. Michael Wachs vilified me for reporting this and accused me of only reporting it to try and get even. Judge Michael Wachs has demonstrated that he condones child abuse and the utmost extreme in false allegations in his courtroom. If there is one thing that I'm thankful for its that my claims are captured on CD in official court transcripts. Michael Wachs should be the poster child on corrupt, biased family courts. Instead he gets paid ~$150,000 annually, by taxpayers, to abandon abused children and sit on the MD Family Law Commission. Michael Wachs somehow can't fathom a loving father being genuinely concerned over so many injuries. Furthermore, when defending myself against false allegations, Wachs said that I am more concerned with discrediting the mother than I am about my son. What's the alternative to defending myself against claims of abuse, attempted rape, and attempted murder? We're talking about someone who read aloud emails in which she threatened me against ever calling the police for help, because she will "say and do anything," and "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," because I called the police to prevent a domestic violence situation. Again, thank goodness for court transcripts.

Litigant

Comment #: MD3151
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Michael Wachs is one of the worst human beings I've ever encountered. In a custody case, the mother falsely accused the father of domestic violence, attempted murder, attempted rape, and whispering death threats in a child's ear, which the child denied. Wachs defied every expert witness in the case - 2 sheriff's deputies who supervised visits, a custody evaluator, and a psych eval from a court appointed psychiatrist - all of whom recommended the father have unsupervised access to the child. The mother's serial false claims were never addressed, in spite of the mother having to read emails in which she admitted to making false claims and initiating violence. In fact, Wachs even said, "I believe she was abusive, but we're not here for her." How is that unbiased? It appeared Wachs already had his mind made up as to his decision and he just threw in BS details to justify it. I can only imagine there was collusion involved.

Litigant

Comment #: MD3121
Rating:1.0
Comments:
After the mother in a custody case read aloud emails in which she confessed to falsifying police reports about domestic violence, apologized for physically attacking the husband while drunk, and pointing a gun at the husband while he held their 4 month old baby, Michael Wachs granted sole custody to the mother and ordered supervised visits for the father. This is no exaggeration. It is verifiable through court transcripts, thank goodness!

Other

Comment #: MD2108
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Thank God for judges like Judge Wachs. It is wonderful to have a judge who is not hell-bent on having the woman win total custody and have the man shut out of an innocent child's life. There are women out there who cry domestic violence just to get total control of a situation. Thank God Judge Wachs recognizes that. There are other judges out there who recognize it, too, but they are too afraid to stand up for what is right, and just chastise the man and go on with life, which is very, very sad.

Other

Comment #: MD1562
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The only judge in the area with enough of a spine to recognize false allegations. Other judges are too blind and gutless to see the truth or do anything about it.

Other

Comment #: MD1497
Rating:10.0
Comments:
What a kind, understanding judge who LISTENS and PAYS ATTENTION to what he hears. He replaced the Honorable Judge anck who, in my opinion helped put a family member on the right track by believing in him/her. It is great to have a judge who understands the value of a father in a child's life, who understands that the child is not always better off with the mother. Thank you and God bless you for being who you are.

Other

Comment #: MD1381
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Outstanding judge, unlike some of the others that we are paying for. He is fair, non-biased, and honestly believes a father should be part of a child's life, not just a source for child support. He can see through the drama of the parent and the uncaring towards her children.

Other

Comment #: MD1374
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A breath of fresh air in a corrupt and biased system - so far.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1341
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Excellent demeanor. Cares about the litigants and children involved in the cases. Is careful and thoughtful.

Other

Comment #: MD1159
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge is wonderful. A no-nonsense type who could finally see through the drama of the plaintiff. He seems to see the value of a father n a child's life and did something about it. I wish others would follow his lead and not be biased, especially seeing the way one of the parents behaved in his courtroom. Thank you Judge Wachs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1140
Rating:7.7
Comments:
Pretty straight forward judge and refuses to get side tracked.

He'll here each side out fully. Ask appropriate questions. Determines his ruling and explains it to the parties.

Not much drama on his part.

Do not expect him to rule on any motions that are not scheduled to be heard. He won't hear them.

Very business/judicial like.

Other

Comment #: MD1041
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Any person who lets a violent sex offender of CHILDREN out on parole without mandatory supervision... is NO BETTER than the criminal.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD740
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Good enough judge, but the light shining off his head can be blinding.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD331
Rating:9.4
Comments:
I have tried family matters before Judge Wachs and he is excellent at cutting through the nonsense and getting to the heart of the case. He definitely has a bias towards the wife and a paternalistic attitude that women must be provided for, as far as alimony and child support are considered. Having said that, he renders some of the most appropriate custody decisions I have seen in terms of being fair to both parents. He is a pleasure to try a case before. Very relaxed demeanor, good with child witnesses, focused on how to best conclude the case, very patient with litigants and witnesses alike, extremely conscious of the importance of the decisions that he is asked to make as far as custody matters are concerned.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD326
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Very fair and even handed. Respectful to litigants and counsel. Works hard to get cases settled but does not pre-judge the case. Understands and applies the rules of evidence.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD320
Rating:4.7
Comments:
Felt favoritism toward opposing counsel in conduct of trial and in outcome.