Hon. Richard S. Bernhardt See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Howard County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.5 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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. Richard S. Bernhardt



Comment #: MD5229
Rating:Not Rated
MD 5228- another example of proper and scholarly authority that AACC judge Paul F. Harris Jr. mist learn and be schooled. Whether, criminal, civil / family law, he needs to learn from those who preside impartially and preserve the administration of justice.


Comment #: MD5228
Rating:Not Rated
Very fair and balanced approach to a complicated criminal case. Was impressed with how he publicly weighed the diverging viewpoints of the lawyers. He spent 10 minutes laying the groundwork for his sentencing decision. Was guided by reason and constantly referenced the written law where applicable.


Comment #: MD5152
Family law disaster. He admitted that even though there had been nothing illegal done, he did not like the action, therefore he applied financial penalties as though the law had been broken. He legislates directly from the bench according to his own values, NOT the law. If you have the misfortune of being assigned him for family law cases, look out!


Comment #: MD4492
Calm demeanor but I would echo the other civil/family law opinions here - the man is BIASED and makes decisions that fly in the face of all evidence to the contrary. He is lop-sided, and overly harsh in sentencing.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MD4054
Judge Barnhardt is very biased. He was a mediocre prosecutor and he has brings an unfair bias towards family court matters. He is very inept when it comes to family court matters.


Comment #: MD2155
Rating:Not Rated
One of the worst judges that I have ever come across. He levied harsh sentencing, which did not fit the misdemeanor crimes at hand. He is a very biased and ignorant man.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2089
I have tried a number of civil cases before Judge Bernhardt. He is excellent with evidence, pushes to get the case heard, understands and gives understandable rulings on objections, carefully considers the evidence and does not show bias towards either side in my experience. I feel comfortable when I know he has one of my cases because he is more than capable of getting the legal concepts behind the case and will get to a fair ruling. Although I have heard from other lawyers that they find him to be arrogant, I will take arrogance if the Judge understands the law, is capable of properly ruling on evidence and is able to get to an appropriate result in a reasonable time frame. This judge has those capabilities.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1887
He is the best trial judge in the Howard Circuit Court. He does not automatically believe any and all testimony of the police and other State's witnesses. He is not afraid to throw out cases for questionable searches. He is smart and fair. His one downside: if your client is found guilty, he can be very tough at sentencing.
All in all, a great judge to try cases, but it will not be as pleasant to be before him for sentencing (or for a violation of probation).


Comment #: MD1361
Rating:Not Rated
Was surprised that no consideration as to what effect it would have on the child to split up the family and award the child to his single dad, seperating him from his Mom, brother and new family.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD831
Judge Bernhardt misconstrued and parsed well-established case law to arrive at a non-sensical decision. Neither party had advocated his tortured interpretation of the common law.