Hon. Ricardo D. Zwaig See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Howard County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.1 - 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. Ricardo D. Zwaig



Comment #: MD5001
Rating:Not Rated
Excellent Judge. Judge Zwaig in fair minded. He is smart and totally competent. I have the highest regard for him.


Comment #: MD4496
Rating:Not Rated
He is close-minded, polite, but judgemental. He will use other prior cases in conjunction wit a current which is irrelevant! He will let people who HIRE/pay for a private attorney make deals and pleas for severe charges down to almost nothing. [Redacted by Ed.]


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?

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.)