Hon. Michael R. Pearson See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Prince George's County
7th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.2 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 5 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. Michael R. Pearson


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3856
Judge Pearson is smart and comes on the bench prepared -- a good combination for a judge. He is fair and he is courteous to counsel.


Comment #: MD3569
Judge Pearson was competent, cerebral & professional. Although I didn't agree with all his rulings, I do feel that he was firm, fair & consistent.


Comment #: MD2945
he is a good judge. Smart and works hard


Comment #: MD2238
He is a nasty man and a nasty judge. The comments posted here are accurate. If you draw him for a family law matter, pray.


Comment #: MD1643
I found Judge Pearson to be thorough and patient. Although his ruling was not entirely in my favor, I honestly cannot say it was wrong. In fact, it probably was the fairest decision possible. In the end, that is all you can ask a judge to be--fair.


Comment #: MD1606
I found J. Pearson to do basically the same thing on the bench. He did not use judicial prudence, and gave all appearance to have some sort of own agenda in mind. It was very clear what truth was presented in my domestic case, and very obvious what decision should be made, but Judge Pearson gave no reason, but a default reason to execute his judgement. It is very clear that there is something wrong with his trustworthiness as a judge. I hope that a more honorable, fact following, and law abiding judge can take his place some how.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1078
I can only comment on J. Pearson in a domestic case context. Frankly, he should stick to criminal law. First, he completely misapplied the rules of evidence and excluded documentation, citing a Cts. & Jud. Proc. Art. that only applied to District Court. Then, he proceeded to give the opp. party in a contempt action legal advice.

He is a decent man off of the bench, and I cannot comment on his ability in a non-family law case. However, he leaves much to be desired.