Hon. Shaem C. P. Spencer See Rating Details
District Judge
Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.5 - 1 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. Shaem C. P. Spencer



Comment #: MD6490
EXTEMELY good judge. Great guy on or off bench. Circuit Court needs him.


Comment #: MD6221
Rating:Not Rated
Update on Comment# MD5990: I wrote a letter the Judge John McKenna, who overturned the FTA and the warrant attached to it. I was given a new trial date with Judge Laura Robinson, who is more familiar with the Constitutional Right to Travel procedures. I lost, but it was to my understanding that that was the way it was suppose to be. It was a more compromiseable lost. This is going into appeals at the Circuit Court.


Comment #: MD5990
The impression I got from him was rather standoffish, cold, methodical and emotionally disconnected from all the cases he heard. I tried to represent myself with the Constitutional Right to Travel and he gave me a FTA. I realize there are people out there that are doing this for their own agenda, but I am the real deal for the right reasons. I believe we have the Right to Travel w/our private property without taxes, fees and fines attached only assessed to balance the State's budget. I was ready to plea my cause to the State but the prosecutor wanted me to plea guilty. My license was renewed and my car was impounded. I had nothing to lose. But the judge bowed out giving me a FTA on what I call "a defensive technicality". He didn't want to hear it. 0830JHL-DC AACo


Comment #: MD5837
Judge Spencer presided over my final peace order hearing. He was fair to both sides. I'm glad he had the wisdom to see I was entitled finalizing my peace order. Thank you.


Comment #: MD5039
He turned his back during my testimony, and at times he placed his hand on his chin in a nonchalant manner. I do not think he was fair or had any respect. I do not know who voted him in.


Comment #: MD2280
This judge is very fair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2172
Rating:Not Rated
I appeared before Judge Spencer for the first time today. He handled a very large docket quickly and efficiently, giving respect and deference to all who appeared before him. He is obviously a very intelligent man, but also one who is kind and professional. I feel that Judge Spencer is a credit to the Anne Arundel County District Court bench and the Maryland Bar.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1959
This judge has a good disposition, and is always fair and reasonable.