Hon. Michele D. Jaklitsch See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.4 - 17 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 6 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. Michele D. Jaklitsch


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2403
Rating:10.0
Comments:
awesome judge.

Other

Comment #: MD1873
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Presided over a case between my ex and I. Favored the ex. My child recently visited for the 5th time in 13 months with either fingerprint-shaped bruises, eye injuries, or a bruised forehead. CPS, DSS, and AACO police won't do anything. Based on what happened in court, they ignore my child's injuries and suggest that I'm being retaliatory. I guess addressing my child's injuries is too demanding since it requires gov't workers to actually do their jobs. Did I mention that my child told law enforcement that the mother caused the injuries? Judge Jacklitsch also sided with opposing counsel in stifling significant evidence of past instances of domestic violence, child abuse, and false allegations. It's disgusting that Judge Michele Jacklitsch gets paid $143,160/annually, by the people of Maryland, to make biased decisions, and throw defenseless children into the fire. Yes, there is much more to this story. I don't think the public would stand by this if they knew all of the ins and outs of this case.

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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1835
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My lawyer states she seemed very lax (lazy?) on the bench and he's never had a judge take so long to decide on a simple divorce in 25+ years. Been over 5 months since the trial and still waiting to hear a decision... Ugh... Someone's too lazy or incompetent to do her job.

Other

Comment #: MD1561
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Protects serial false accusers, child abusers, and sociopaths. Goes along with the status quo and stereotypes, rather than weighing facts and logic. Tyranny thrives in Annapolis, MD.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1382
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is a disgrace to the position. She is extremely bias towards women and cannot put 2 + 2 together to get the lies....but, she is one of Glendenning's girls so what can we expect??????????????

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1261
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Jaklitsch is the hardest working judge there is. She is always prepared, is always fair, and is still taking cases hours after every other judge has gone home. No one treats litigants, witnesses or lawyers any better than she does. No wonder every lawyer and every court staff member adores her.

Other

Comment #: MD1197
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Not a "common sense" judge at all. She needs to look up "high conflict personalities" and educate herself. She played the role of the perfectly puppeted judge in a disgraceful circus of a court. She was anything, but honorable.

Other

Comment #: MD1169
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Sure, it's easy to brown nose if you're a lawyer and Jacklitsch presides over a case that goes in your favor. But what about all of the cases she's botched? Jacklitsch is one of the judges, in particular, I use as an example as I continuously contact various advocacy, watchdog, civil rights and special interest groups while trying to uncover all of the follies that are prevalent throughout the AA County judicial system. The people need a voice. Particularly the minorities and lower income citizens who are more easily bullied into submission by [redacted by Ed.] prosecutors and judges like Jacklitsch. I've seen it and I guarantee it happens a lot more than anyone can imagine. Many of the accused don't have the means to sufficiently defend themselves against false and/or exaggerated claims, and when they try to proclaim their innocence, they are punished all the more for their "lack of accountability." It's all too easy. I've always been tough on crime; but I'm also for being tough on inadequate judges and corrupt prosecutors, which is a crime in itself. The system is in dire need of reform. It's time for people to speak up ande start holding judges like Jacklitsch accountable for their failures, so that they're either forced to improve, or get off the bench to make room for someone who's more qualified! The difference between the state and me is that I can substantiate every one of the claims I am making. Maybe a half-hearted judge isn't smart enough to see it, but the public surely will!

Other

Comment #: MD1158
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Jacklitsch demonstrated that she doesn't have the competency or the integrity to see through the lies of a false witness. She is a fine example of what is wrong with the legal system and clearly doesn't care whose lives she destroys. Jacklitsch perpetuates the stereotype of a lopsided legal system, in turn ruining lives and tearing apart families. She's clearly more concerned with her career and her image than she is with truth and justice!

Other

Comment #: MD1117
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I sat in on a court case involving one of my best friends. His wife made FALSE accusations about him and he was at the detention center for 9 mos. He lost his job, his home, nad hasn't seen his son since early Dec. If anyone had listened to his wife's testimony, they would have clearly seen she was lying. She sent her two daughters into the courtroom with a victim's advocate and they texted their mother the entire time telling her what was going on in there. The older daughter was allowed to testify at the last minute and did so just to get attention because what she said di not implicate my friend at all. I have been on vacations with them and for no reason the wife picked up dishes and threw them at my friend. She is always drunk, and once left the older daughter in her car at 1 AM in the parking lot of a bar while she sat in there drinking. She made false claims against her second husbnad which were similar to the ones she made against my friend. She went before Judge Jaklitsch with him too. Turn the lights on, honey, and let someone be home!!!!! The SA was a joke and should hear the water cooler talk about herself from her peers. The wife is now out and bragging about how she "put away another one, while donning her "Loser Magnet" tee shirt. The justice system is appalling at best. We all heard good things about this judge, but we surely did not see them. I was at the sentencing too, and the things the wife said were almost funny if it were not about someone's life. As they left the courtroom, the advocate and the wife were laughing. I hope this judge can sleep at night or look herself in the mirror because she sure screwed up with this one. They say judges are supposed to be fair and unbiased.........HA. I saw parts of the trial for the Dr. who is accused of killing Michael Jackson. If he is found guilty, he gets 4 years. My friend is only guilty of trying to fend of this maniac and gets 10 yrs with all but one suspended. Sleep tight!

Other

Comment #: MD1036
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
At first, I thought she would be very fair, but that was not the case. she listened intently to the witnesses and at times seemed very sympathetic to the defendant. She then allowed the daughter of the plaintiff testify at the last minute and sat there as the girl blatantly perjured herself. the defendant received the maximum penalty and the plaintiff got away scot free. There was more evidence against the plaintiff than the defendant, but since the plaintiff was a woman, the poor man got slammed. He has lost everything, his home, a great job, seeing his little boy and basically his life while she is out on drinking binges and ruining the lives of her children. She has been reported for child abuse several times, but I guess that doesn't matter. The women win!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD939
Rating:1.0
Comments:
None better??? Are you kidding. This 15 yr former employee of the County attny's office presided over the case against her former employer (conflict of interest) and when realizing this moved to federal court...faxed defendants of change and ON THIS SAME VERY DAY found judgment against plaintiff. Fair? You are clearly clueless.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD839
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Fair and evenhanded. Willing to listen to arguments of counsel before making decision on pre-trial matter.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD703
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Does the right thing regardless of headlines or political pressure.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD466
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Best of the bench in AA County. Follows evidence very closely. Proper rulings without any personal bias. Indeed, what a trial judge should be.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD288
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Wow! Great judge!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD35
Rating:9.7
Comments:
As good as a judge can be.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MD18
Rating:9.3
Comments:
A very fair judge and a great listener. She lets the lawyers try their cases, and remembers what it was like to be a trial lawyer. One of the nicest people anywhere. Totally professional.