Hon. Ricardo D. Zwaig See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Howard County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.7 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 2 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. Ricardo D. Zwaig



Comment #: MD3852
Hon. Ricardo Zwaig did not understand the written law. I stated the law that we were in court for and he stated "Well, you know, that may be the law but I think that would, you know, I also have to consider the spirit of the law and a mere technicality in that situation would not necessarily entitle you, if in fact you are assured that there is a one-year warranty."
He completely disregards the law here and considers 'the spirit of the law'. This is a court of law, how can he disregard the law?


Comment #: MD3010
I will state my name because I have no shame and want people to know the truth. I believe Judge Zwaig is the ONLY judge in HOward County that has any morals or true concern for what is right for abused children. Judge Zwaig uses facts vs choosing the individual who he thinks will get him the most money. He is honorable and NOT CORRUPT. I have been fighting to get my son from a physically and verbally abusive man. There are witnesses to testify to this and no one had cared to listen. Judge Zwaig is an honest man who obviously cares about the best interest of the child and does not want to see any child abused or neglected. I wish he was in family court. I have had four judges preside over my case, (McCrone, Becker, Tucker, and Gelfman),and not one has helped my child, who had even been in the hospital for suicidal ideation. The best interest attorney, alisa cummins, and cps worker, bobbi feher ignored, and continue to ignore, all of my son's pleas for help. The system must change and there need to be judges like Judge Zwaig, in order to feel assured that our children will be heard and have a voice......something Judge McCrone claimed should not be weighed. Judge Zwaig's Protective Order was "trumped", less than 24 hours later, by Judge Gelfman. She did nothing to review the reasons why Judge Zwaig made the decision he did. She allowed the abusive father , of my son, to make allegations, without having to prove any of them. He claimed that I was "writing my son notes telling him to lie to court officials". Not only is there no such "note", that should have not been a reason to grant him a Protective Order against me! My son had to be taken by police, and returned back to that house of horrors.....and for what? This woman cared nothing about the truth. She cared about keeping her friend, Christoper Rand, as her ally. It sickens me that this woman made my son and me follow a Protective Order for almost six months, based on a supposed letter. There is NOTHING in MD LAw that contitutes a Protective Order being granted based on such nonsense. I have lost almost three years of my son's life because of judges like her, tucker, becker and mccrone. My only hope is that my eleven year old does not kill himself because no one would listen and believe him. What is wrong with the Howard County court system? His best interest attorney is nothing more than a joke and a disgusting human for what she has done to my child. My appreciation to Judge Zwaig for his honor and integrity. He at least was able to get my son to safety for one night. Anyone can contact me if they would like to know the truth about my case. I have transcripts, documents, etc. to prove that everything written here is 100% fact. My name is LAURA BOUMA AND MY NUMBER IS 410-758-3597. SHAME ON YOU JUDGE GELFAMN. THAT IS WHY YOU WERE TAKEN OFF MY CASE, AS WAS MCCRONE BY THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. If anyone would like to contact me, my email is laurabouma@atlanticbb.net. Thank you again Judge Zwaig. WE MUST RID THESE EVIL JUDGES WHO REFUSE TO PROTECT OUR INNOCENT CHILDREN.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MD2642
Jumps to irrational conclusions. Always sides with Latinos

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2208
This guy was a great guy and and a great defense attorney, but he's not so great a judge. He is very state-oriented. He does not listen to anyone, as he thinks that he is the smartest person in the courtroom. He's getting worse the longer he sits. (Out of the courtroom, though, he is still a great guy.)