Hon. Thomas F. Stansfield See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Carroll County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.4 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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)

What others have said about Hon. Thomas F. Stansfield



Comment #: MD2882
Rating:Not Rated
This was my first time in a courtroom and this judge was late. I expected the max jail time for the drug charge since everything else was swept under the rug. The guy got $500 fine and that was for all charges, including killing a wonderful, productive member of society. He & his lawyer failed to disclose that he was stopped the Saturday before the hearing for driving with a suspended license. I would have thought after hearing about the loss the family has dealt with, the judge would have been more sympathetic to them but instead was great to the offender. I'm appalled by Carroll County's approach to prosecuting the criminals. The state police botched the entire accident report causing the manslaughter charges to be dropped. A police officer told me that if you want to kill someone and get away with it, drive to Carroll County. Very scary isn't it? I will no longer drive to Westminster to shop. I don't know what else Hill can get away with since he's committed the ultimate crime; he took a life.


Comment #: MD2880
If you want to get away with negligent driving, manslaughter, and possession of Marijuana. Stand in court before Judge Stansfield!


Comment #: MD2879
In a recent case where a man ran a red light killed a passenger in the car.The man (see article) had drugs in the car and beer. History of numerous citations for speeding, negligent driving WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) -- A Westminster man has pleaded guilty to negligent driving in a 2-vehicle crash that killed a woman.

Twenty-two-year-old Christopher Trinity Hill entered the plea Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court. He was fined $500.

Police say on Aug. 31, Hill ran a red light on Md. 140 in Westminster and hit a car driven by Beatrice Grant. Grant's sister, 68-year-old Mary Ann Christopher of the U.S. Virgin Islands, a passenger, was fatally injured.

The Carroll County Times reports (http://bit.ly/1nMnctT) that Hill had been indicted on a charge of vehicular manslaughter, but that indictment was dismissed.

This man was not even reprimanded by Judge Stansfield and jail time was not even considered by the judge. No drug and alcohol treatment required. Hill paid a $500.00 fine and actually laughed at the the judge. Saturday 8/9-before the hearing -8/11-Hill was stopped by the police and cited for driving on a suspended license.This was not disclosed. We need judges that work to protect citizens not criminals!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1788
Judge Stansfield is great. He is fair minded, intelligent and cares.
I have the utmost respect for him.
He is one of the best judges in the state.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD443
Judge Stansfield genuinely tries to be fair and to hear all sides. However, he holds archaic views in child custody issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD383
Was recently before Judge Stansfiel for the first time in an extended trial. It was the most delightful time I have had in trial in years. Win, lose or draw, I would be happy to try all of my future cases in his court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD366
This judge has an excellent temperament and seems to really care about the specific life situation of the defendant.