Hon. Gregory Sampson See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Baltimore City County
8th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.1 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Gregory Sampson


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6750
Upon entering the courtroom starts off with a pleasantries when announcing procedures for appeal, etc., then makes clear that his job in parking ticket court is essentially to find everyone guilty unless they have a slam-dunk defense (e.g. ticket despite visible handicapped placard properly placed on r.v. mirror).
Has the annoying habit of asking a question and when defendant starts to answer, he abruptly cuts them off by talking over them, as if he wants to hear no defense for the record. Even threatened to hold one defendant in contempt if he didn't immediately stop his answer when judge started to talk. Conducts his courtroom as a petty tyrant drunk on the power of the bench. Can't seem to understand that the job of a judge is to weigh the facts and apply the law. Seems to think that the job of a judge is little more than a servant toll collector for the state. Gets extremely perturbed when defendants point out that they had requested a ticket officer present for trial but none showed up. At best he will grant continuance for officer. In one case he actually started to swear in defendant, before defendant again reminded him that he had requested officer presence. Only then did Judge Sampson grant continuance, albeit reluctantly.
In defense of the judge, he did show flexibility in reducing the fine in some cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD4255
Judge Sampson does a great job moving things along and has a good temperament. His is serious, but fair. However, he has no patience for those, especially pro-se litigants, who attempt to evade his questioning, beat around the bush, or outright ignore his instructions/rulings. If you are straight forward, try your best, and give him what he wants, you should have no problems.


Comment #: MD2410
Very arrogant and impatient ...will draw an erroneous conclusion w/o hearing all facts given...horrible judge to hear housing issues in Baltimore City Maryland