Hon. Fred S. Hecker See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Carroll County
5th Circuit
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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. Fred S. Hecker


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD9502
Harsh towards housewives. Has always granted custody to the richer parent. Wrongfully ordered supervised visitation for a once home maker of 3 children. Custody given to ex Husband. Himanshu Zos Barnes are are tight knit. very cold blooded. Punishing house wives often and taking away custody of children with health issues. Racist white man!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD9140
Fred is an absolute clown. A disgrace to the judiciary. Cares more about politcal points than he does the FACTS of the case. Incredibly disappointed with Fred, you will be too.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD5601
He is very biased and cuts deals with his friends and their clients. I have seen him totally make deals with the defense and ignore any of the victims rights. Very sad.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD4086
Excellent judge. New to the bench, but hears cases fairly and at a good pace. The comments above bashing him are ridiculous. Great temperament and takes his work seriously. Allows lawyers to try their cases. I enjoy trying cases before Judge Hecker not because I always win, but because I know he'll be fair, listen to testimony and argument respectfully, and ask good questions when appropriate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3300
He is biased in favor of his friends, doesn't read pleadings, and lacks knowledge about most legal matters other than criminal matters. He uses the bench as payback to anyone who kicked his butt in private practice or didn't display huge support signs or banners when he was running for office.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3091
This man needs to "research" everything. I've gotten the impression that he knows nothing at all without looking it up; even basic things. He's a nice guy but I don't know how he ever became a judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3076
Very conscientious and willing to research whatever issue is before him without relying on the biases of the advocates before him. A great addition to the Carroll Co. Bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3016
Judge Hecker is a truly excellent judge. I have appeared before him on four occasions, including two summary judgment hearings. At every hearing, it is abundantly clear that he has read the papers and is thoroughly prepared on the law and the facts of the case. He is very respectful of counsel and the parties, and gives you ample time to make your argument. That said, he is also very good at keeping counsel on point and asking critical questions. He is very practical and excellent at resolving discovery disputes among the parties by focusing on what really matters. He also has a friendly demeanor that puts everyone at ease. He is even-handed and does not appear to demonstrate any bias toward plaintiffs v. defendants. He is not afraid to admit when he makes a mistake, though he usually gets things right.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3006
If you appear before Judge Hecker to argue a motion, be prepared because he will be. He is without question the best Circuit Court judge I have ever appeared before. He reads and considers everything that the parties submit, which is evident from his questions during oral argument. He also clearly reads every relevant case to understand the nuances of the law. He asks detailed questions about how the evidence in your case squares with the facts of the controlling cases and probes attorneys about the finer points of the underlying law. He is respectful of the attorneys making the argument and even apologizes if he feels he may have, by a question, interrupted a train of thought. In our case, he had denied a motion for summary judgment and we moved for reconsideration based on a legal standard with a second prong that we believed had not applied. He acknowledged at the start of the argument that he had missed part of the standard (a standard that had changed due to a very recent Court of Appeals case) and reviewed carefully the parties' evidence and argument. When ultimately he granted summary judgment for defendant, he dictated a thorough opinion from the bench. He also was sensitive to the feelings of the plaintiff, who was present, and explained that the outcome was based on the law, not on anything having to do with her conduct. Judge Hecker is "the real deal."