Hon. Patricia L. Mitchell See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.2 - 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Patricia L. Mitchell


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4717
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A very fair and impartial judge who doesn't behave like someone who is human and personable on and off the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4201
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Mitchell is even tempered, not prone to temper tantrums like her male judges, has a sense of humor that does not include demeaning attorneys or litigants or defendants, is always prepared and KNOWS WHAT SHE IS TALKING ABOUT because she prepares. She teaches from the bench instead of blowing up, she doesn't embarrass people, she is always respectful and kind even if the lawyer is an idiot. However, she is smart as a whip and nobody can get away with anything and nobody gets a continuance--either side. She is ALWAYS on time and she doesn't let anyone waste time in court. She runs the courtroom efficiently and like a real pro. SHE IS THE BEST WE HAVE. A TRUE LADY AND A TRUE SCHOLAR BUT NO FOOLING AROUND.

Other

Comment #: MD4190
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She has a wonderful demeanor and a nice, soothing voice. I wonder if she can sing.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4100
Rating:9.9
Comments:
She is thoughtful and considerate on the bench, a proper sense of humor, and shows that she likes her job, which she does very well.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4088
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Denies motions without providing reasons, even after counsel requests a hearing. By doing so, she appears biased towards particular counsel when that may or may not be her intent. Please explain your reasons when denying motions, especially when they are consent motions.

Other

Comment #: MD3725
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I witnessed her presiding over landlord-tenant docket and in giving the court rules announced that she only wanted to hear if the tenant owed the rent or not. She would hear no other information. When there was disagreement about the amount she instructed the tenants and the landlord's lawyers to go into the hallway and discuss it, then return to her with the resolution. Not only is that grossly unfair to the tenants, it removes any show of proof by the attorneys, and creates no record for the circuit court to review should the tenant appeal. The last point is particularly problematic considering the high number of tenants appearing who live in subsidized housing, where an appeal would be based solely on the record. In short, it is a setup to allow landlords to collect 3 judgments to easily evict. Disgraceful. Furthermore, there were people present who didn't speak English, and she never made inquiry. She entered judgment against a tenant who had been present but needed a translator. Upon learning of her presence she instructed the translator to let her know that judgment had been entered against her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2592
Rating:10.0
Comments:
JUDGE MITCHELL IS WONDERFUL!! SHE IS RESPECTFUL OF ALL THOSE WHO COME BEFORE HER. AND IF SOME READ HER DEMEANOR AS A PUSH OVER,,,THEY WILL QUICKLY BE DISABUSED OF THAT NOTION..SHE RUNS HER COURTROOM WITH EFFICIENCY AND FAIRNESS. I HAVE THE UPMOST RESPECT FOR HER AS A JUDGE AND AS A WOMAN