Hon. Sylvester B. Cox See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Baltimore City County
8th Circuit
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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. Sylvester B. Cox


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6317
Excellent judge with a good deal of common sense!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3833
Judge Cox is a gentleman who belongs on the bench. Period. He is decent, polite, and always tries to get his rulings right. He doesn't like game-playing and bamboozling arguments. Just be straight with him and you'll be very happy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD833
I'm a sole practitoner from an outlying county; and I only appeared once before Judge Cox. Three civil defendants, represented by separate high-powered law firms, had all filed motions for summary judgment. Despite defendants' multiple arguments ranging from statute of limitations to the recovery of emotional distess damages), Judge Cox had the backbone and foresight to rule that every single issue raised by the defendants were actually disputed questions of fact for the jury to decide.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD369
Judge Cox has common sense and a good temperament. I find him personally likeable and think he maintains appropriate control within the court room. However, he clearly does not do his homework regarding pre-trial motions and makes obvious mistakes on the law. Further, he is unwilling to correct his mistakes after counsel gives him the appropriate authority showing him why his decision is clearly wrong. He comes from a criminal law background and probably is a better criminal law judge than he is a civil litigation judge.