Hon. Ronald A. Silkworth See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.1 - 16 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Ronald A. Silkworth


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Other

Comment #: MD2249
Rating:10.0
Comments:
He was very fair. I watched him in court for five years. He could not have been better.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2235
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I have expressed no opinion as to rating criteria other than temperament here, because I have only had one matter before Judge Silkworth and I don't feel that ratings for the other criteria would be representative; however, I found him to be thoughtful and respectful to all parties involved. It is easy to claim that a judge is inclined toward plaintiffs, or toward criminal defendants or toward women, especially if one is unhappy with the outcome of their particular case. If I were appearing before Judge Silkworth and I felt that he was showing bias, I believe that he is the type of person to whom I could express such concerns in private (and in respect of the prohibition against ex parte communications), and that he would address those concerns. If I was unwilling to express my concerns to him personally, I would refrain from accusing him in this forum.

Other

Comment #: MD2127
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is horrible! He is "pro-criminal" and "pro-junkie," even when a child is at stake. He never gives an answer to a question, but makes personal comments regarding his opinions of you personally. He makes the innocent feel like the criminal, rather than the person with the criminal record. He has dragged out our custody case for months, and it's still not resolved. He takes breaks at his leisure, and keeps people waiting for hours after their trial time. He doesn't care what judges involved in the case before him have ruled. He bullies those before him. He doesn't conduct normal trial proceedings, and allows those to change the premise of the trial right before your very eyes with no warning to prepare. He believes that all criminals can be rehabilitated, especially if that criminal is a woman. He makes personal comments: at a hearing he called us to his bench and played static so that others could not hear. He is a terrible judge: he won't make a decision, and answers questions with questions, and when you make suggestions, if he doesn't like them he says that you're not being accommodating.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1844
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Overly involved in settlement discussions to the point of bullying litigants. Conducts settlement discussions in chambers so there is no record that shows he hears and accepts as true all allegations made by one parent while refusing to hear anything about the other parent's position or concerns. Applies his preconceived ideas about how custody SHOULD be in ALL cases to get to the custodial arrangement he thinks should apply in every custody case and seems oblivious to the fact that the dynamic between parents in cases involving domestic violence is completely different than one without domestic violence. Lecturing a victim of an assault about how the assault was the victim's fault is simply inappropriate and does nothing to help the child caught in the middle. Needs a better understanding of the reality of life that it is not always best for a child to be forced into contact with an abusive parent.

Litigant

Comment #: MD1775
Rating:9.0
Comments:
The Hon. Ronald A. Silkworth is perhaps one of the most decent judges that I have ever encountered. He is fair, just and respectful.

Judge Silkworth's decisions can be trusted as accurate and fair.

His choice in ties however, should be questioned by a vision specialist :-) (one point off for that)

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1573
Rating:7.1
Comments:
I love this judge, but I will agree that he just believes any criminal can be rehabilitated and he never gives proper jail time. He is smart, bt not as smart as other judges in AACO or as he thinks he is. You have to keep it simple with him. I have never found him to interrupt at trial and have had several multi-day trials with him. All were fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1513
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Highly recommend for custody cases. Has a strong grasp of the law while trying to provide an even handed approach to cases. Afterall, they are children!

Other

Comment #: MD1465
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He has no business hearing custody cases! He doesn't listen to the evidence and seems to side with the mother regardless of how much evidence you have against her. If her own grandmother tells you that the mother is unfit, LISTEN!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1343
Rating:8.6
Comments:
He is great -- thoughtful, fair, cares about the llitigants and the community......the only problem is that he is unforgivably slow in issuing written decisions and he never rules from the bench. I have had to wait for over six months for opinions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1074
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Very good trial judge. Moved things along, called things in a fair manner, let us try our case. He did not know all the law applicable to our case but he listened to our arguments and worked very hard to get an understanding of all the issues. My client lost at trial but it was certainly not the fault of this judge.

Other

Comment #: MD1058
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge did nothing but victimize me all over again after an abusive marriage and put my son at risk by ruling that his unfit father have joint custody. My lawyer submitted TONS of evidence that proved this, but he didn't care; his mind was made up before we stepped foot into his courtroom and prior to any documents being placed into evidence. My lawyer could have provided much more evidence of this, but many of his valid motions were quickly denied without any thought. I also thought if you were subpoened to bring relevant documentation with you that you didn't have a choice; apparently not true with this judge if he has already decided to rule in your favor. He was unfair in his rulings, allowing the defendent and his attorney to pretty much say and do what they chose, but shutting down the same line of questioning by my attorney. This judge didn't care about what was best for my child or that I receive a fair divorce trial to handle important matters such as who gets the marital home--he opted to not even rule on this. My time and expensive legal fees were apparently none of his concern either as he had no problem conducting other business during the time slotted for my 2-day trial (which could have been 1 day if it weren't for his breaks, long lunches, and other business) while I paid my lawyers to sit around and wait. As a tax payer, I truly hope he doesn't get paid by the hours he is physically in the courthouse! He is a disgrace to the bench. I wish I could afford to appeal his decision so another judge could right his wrong.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD976
Rating:1.9
Comments:
The only thing saving this guy from the bottom of the judicial barrel is the fact that there are a few more prolific dopes on that bench. In civil cases, he is not able to resolve pretrial disputes in a timely manner and leaves litigants befuddled as to what the heck he is doing. Then when he does issue a ruling, it is often muddled and convoluted, again leaving lawyers scratching their heads. In many cases, he simply refuses to clarify his prior rulings -- even when asked in writing to do so. His courtroom management is terrible. Most lawyers understand that that a 2-day trial in any other courtroom in AA County will last a week or more with Judge Silkworth. He often interrupts cases with mindless minor matters, thus forcing civil clients to pay for their lawyers to sit on their hands and wait for hours. Why he does not designate one day a week for these mindless hearings is beyond me. His is the most inefficient courtroom in the county. One more thing . . . DO NOT LOOK AT HIS HAIR!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD891
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Very bias judge. Not sure if it was because I was
an African American, or a woman. He allowed the defendant in the case to answer questions, but thought it was irrelevant for my attorney to cross examine the defendant on the same questions. There is no way I was allowed a fair trial by this judge.

Litigant

Comment #: MD890
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Poor. Although a nice person Judge Silkworth seems to wish for forgiveness of the woman whene any legal matters are concerned. In short, Judge Silkworth can be expected to allow a woman to disregard any legal direction (even when he set the direction), omit ruling inforation on the ruling sheet and disregard any request for accurate information from the mother where child support is concerned. Be advised that if you run into Judge Silkworth and are male (who has done most of the child rearing WITHOUT support of any kind) you will not be heard in or after court! Expect the word denied to be next to your name on the ruling.

Litigant

Comment #: MD889
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Poor. Although a nice person Judge Silkworth seems to wish for forgiveness of the woman whene any legal matters are concerned. In short, Judge Silkworth can be expected to allow a woman to disregard any legal direction (even when he set the direction), omit ruling inforation on the ruling sheet and disregaurd any request for accurate information from the mother when child support is concerned. Be advised that if you run into Judge Silkworth and are male you will not be heard in or after court! Expect the word denied to be next to your name on the ruling.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD725
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Silkworth is a fair judge who applies the law. My only problem with him is that he thinks he can save everyone from his demons and puts defendants on probation forever. You know judge, just because a guy has a drug problem doesn't mean that he needs or wants your "help".

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD463
Rating:5.7
Comments:
Interesting to hear what others have to say. When I tried a plaintiff's case in front of him, I felt certain that he favored the defendants and broadcast that feeling to the jury. Nevertheless, my client prevailed. However, he did the right thing on post-judgment motions, and upheld the verdict. He also seems very compassionate and concerned in terms of his treatment of those on probation or in the drug court system, from the hearings I have seen him conduct on those cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD409
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Judge Silkworth is so plaintiff's orientated that he has completely lost his ability to be fair. He is a terrible trial judge who for some unknown reason believes he was a great trial attorney before becoming a judge. He has his mind made up before he ever hears any evidence and is extremely rude to the attorneys who appear in front of him. He is by far the worst judge on the Anne Arundel Co. bench

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD374
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Those who wrote the previous comments cannot possibly have appeared in front of this judge. He is rude, he dislikes lawyers from anywhere but Anne Arundel County, and he telegraphs his feelings to the jury. His reputation is awful. He favors plaintiffs without question.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD198
Rating:4.5
Comments:
Sits on files and his rulings. These delays are repeated in many cases and by failing to act he causes prejudice to the parties.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD179
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Very fair and even-handed. He treats all involved with respect (attorneys, litigants, and witnesses). Not afraid to ask questions related to the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD128
Rating:7.4
Comments:
A judge with guts. It is a pleasure to try a case in front of him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD17
Rating:9.3
Comments:
An excellent judge.