Hon. Richard S. Bernhardt See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Howard County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.9 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   - 0 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. Richard S. Bernhardt


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Other

Comment #: MD2155
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
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
Rating:9.1
Comments:
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
Rating:9.6
Comments:
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).

Other

Comment #: MD1361
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
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
Rating:5.0
Comments:
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.