Hon. Julia B. Weatherly See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Prince George's County
7th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 15 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Julia B. Weatherly


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Other

Comment #: MD2986
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I decided to check out this site after a friend mentioned how bad this judge is, and how bad she screwed up her divorce. The last time I checked, judges were public servants and are open to criticism. From some of the comments here, it seems she is no more intelligent than a crossing guard at your local elementary school. The best anyone can say is that she is a nice woman. When has being nice a qualification for the bench? I am a full-time employee, and if I wasn’t competent, I would be out of a job. If this hapless woman is in over her head isn’t it better to remove her from her position? My friend described her as shallow, lacking in analytical skills and self-righteous, but that she was old and would retire soon. Let’s hope that time comes sooner than later.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2979
Rating:7.8
Comments:
I have been in front of the Judge in two different Child Custody matters, from about 1988-1991. The Judge was a Master of Domestic relations at the time. I found her to be fair , unbiased toward either party.She was concerned that a parent was being denied visitation, did not accept a lame excuse, was very proactive in terms of asking questions of the parents to get at the truth. She awarded attorney's fees to a parent that was denied visitation, to compensate for having to litigate the matter. However, She allowed the same case to go to a foreign Jurisdiction, despite the fact the child was born in Maryland, resulting in the same outcome in that State ( denial of visitation ).She took the easy way out, "kicked the can down the road", instead she should have let justice be done, so this child would have been able to see both parents, not been kept away from one, later to be abused by a step parent, in the Foreign state. true story

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2978
Rating:7.8
Comments:
I have been in front of the Judge in two different Child Custody matters, from about 1988-1991. The Judge was a Master of Domestic relations at the time. I found her to be fair , unbiased toward either party.She was concerned that a parent was being denied visitation, did not accept a lame excuse, was very proactive in terms of asking questions of the parents to get at the truth. She awarded attorney's fees to a parent that was denied visitation, to compensate for having to litigate the matter. However, She allowed the same case to go to a foreign Jurisdiction, despite the fact the child was born in Maryland, resulting in the same outcome in that State ( denial of visitation ).She took the easy way out, "kicked the can down the road", instead she should have let justice be done, so this child would have been able to see both parents, not been kept away from one, later to be abused by a step parent, in the Foreign state. true story

Other

Comment #: MD2397
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This has to be one of the craziest judges I've ever run across out of all the courtrooms I've been in....she has no regard for the evidence....doesn't know what fair, equitable and unbiased means and needs to resign from the bench immediately before she screws up millions of lives instead of hundreds

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2386
Rating:2.8
Comments:
An unmitigated and unabashed idiot. And like most idiots, does not know it.

Court Staff

Comment #: MD2381
Rating:1.0
Comments:
2375. It is well-known at the courthouse that she's not the brightest. That's why she never applies to be promoted. But she's nice to us. That's all I got to say.

Litigant

Comment #: MD2375
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Not very intelligent. Actually, not intelligent period. i like her courtroom decorum. She is disciplined in that sense. The problem is when she is called upon to use her smarts. She will actually believe the more dramatic version of the evidence even though it is not supported by the facts. Would be a good gossip in social settings. As a judge, she is definitely not worth that position.

Litigant

Comment #: MD2120
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
My only complaint about Judge Weatherly is that she bends over backwards a little too much for pro se litigants. Pro se's (litigants who represent themselves) never follow the rules and really slow down the progress of a case. I think she lets them get away with acting dumb a little too much. I understand it, but I really do not like it. Otherwise, she is a very good judge, especially in family law which is her forte. She is not, however, as one writer put it, a "one-trick pony."

Other

Comment #: MD2119
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge should be ashamed of herself for railroading the guy with the service dog. I mean, she gave this guy hell for just having a service dog!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2011
Rating:3.0
Comments:
What we’re trying to do here is voice our concerns over an alarming decline in the quality of the bench, and this judge is one very good example. It’s not personal animus or hate. We’ve invested a lot to become part of the profession, and just because she wears a robe doesn’t mean she is knowledgeable. True story: a friend who knows this judge told me that she knows nothing outside of family law. I have been in many cases before her, and she has never engaged me with a sharp judicial mind. She leaves one with this deeply unsatisfying feeling that somehow you expected more from the bench. Her cases often dissolve into this chatty exchange -- I guess because her limited judicial skills have failed her at that point. The problem with that is that your client then feels that they could have represented themselves, and since the questions from the bench are directed at the client, you’ve become superfluous. Besides, she proselytizes from the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1960
Rating:4.0
Comments:
Here is a true benchwarmer. I bet she can't wait for retirement so she can high-tail it out of here. She actually ruled on my case without hearing from the other side. I was aghast! Wouldn't that be the primary role of a judge? To hear both sides? Even criminals have constitutional protections, you know. How did she make it to the bench? Oh, she's nice all right. That's not the point. Just don't ask her to do anything more complex than a family law uncontested divorce.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1951
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Whoever called this judge a "one-trick pony" must have no or little experience with this judge. You will not find a more thorough or harder-working judge on the bench. I probably handle more men's cases than women's cases in the family law arena and I have found her to be equally fair regardless of the gender of the litigants. Great demeanor and tends to keep a lid on things when the litigants get overheated. I have known Judge Weatherly for around 30 years, and I can tell you that no one has more respect for and love of the law than she does.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1128
Rating:3.4
Comments:
Puhleeeze! A good judge? Gimme a break. She's a one trick-pony. A former Master seemingly perpetually trapped in that mode. A glorified school principal sadly miscast as a jurist. Could you imagine her handling a complex civil litigation? Good, I didn't think so. She would make a good pastor, handling mediation between feuding family members. But a good judge? I don't think so.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1108
Rating:5.0
Comments:
She is a mediocre judge who covers up her short-comings by being nice. Other than that, she is more a favorite aunt than judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD864
Rating:9.7
Comments:
I especially admire her kind treatment of litigants. She is never condescending or rude and takes the time to explain the law and flesh out her rulings to attorneys and pro se litigants alike. Her judicial temperament is admirable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD527
Rating:10.0
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I litigated many domestic relations cases before Judge Weatherly. She is always respectful to all litigants and very evenhanded with her decisions. She is very knowledgeable in domestic cases. She deserves a spot on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD473
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Excellent jurist. Very even-handed and fair to counsel and litigants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD319
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Came out thinking everyone had a fair chance in her courtroom. Conduct of trial was balanced and courteous.