Hon. J. Michael Wachs See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County
5th Circuit
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* 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. J. Michael Wachs


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Other

Comment #: MD3613
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
United States is supposedly the land of laws. Its apparent we have become the land of lawyers who have no regards for the laws of the land.
I copied this from the FB page of a Baltimore City police officer. We are not the only ones who recognize this.

Other

Comment #: MD3534
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
On Saturday, I watched as a little boy came running through the yard to me so excited that it was Sat., and he was able to spend time with Daddy. You see, he looks forward to those three priceless hours. I promised him the week before that I would get out his Elf on a Shelf for the new Christmas season. I went shopping on Friday to get him Elf on a Shelf pajamas so he would have them for Christmas. I decided to give them to him early, so I set the Elf on the couch on top of the pajamas and wrote a note to my grandson telling him the pajamas were for him to wear on Christmas Eve. You would have thought he was given a million dollars. He played a video game with Daddy hanging all over him. He told us his sister went to spend the night with her dad, the other one who was falsely accused of domestic violence and sexual abuse. He wondered why his sister can spend the night with her dad, but he can't spend the night with his daddy. Would you care to answer that since you and the prosecutor made that decision? Would you like to explain to him that his mother made false allegations and runs to the prosecutor all the time with stories about how my son is harassing her with the legal system? He made a claim against her because she threw a glass at him and cut his foot open...oh, wait, she's a woman so that's okay. He was advised by his divorce atty to make the claim, he was also advised by his divorce atty to take her to civil court to get back the items she broke into his house and stole. Items he had before they were married. Her divorce atty must feel good at the end of the day going home when his wife or kids ask him how his day was and he can proudly say, I kept another kid away from his dad! Isn't that great, but at least we have another semester of your college paid for. They must be so proud of him! Would you like to come and try to comfort him when his three hours are up on Sat. and he has to leave???? I didn't think so. We are accused of being retaliatory when in actuality it is the ex-wife who is retaliatory because my son wanted a divorce. We all know the laws are biased. We were told you were a great, fair judge. Sorry, we didn't see that.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3291
Rating:1.1
Comments:
I was a witness at a custody hearing and am appalled by what took place. The plaintiff is a serial false accuser. This was her THIRD marriage, and she made the same accusations against husband #2. It's in the court records. She accused husband #2 of sexually abusing her young daughters, the older one now lives with him. My son simply wanted a divorce, she didn't. I have an email where she states my son wanted her to lie and say they were separated for a year so they could get a quicker divorce. She said the only way she would divorce him is to get FULL custody. During the criminal trial, my son was ridiculed by the prosecutor because he kept saying he was afraid of the welfare of his son. She said if you were so concerned, why didn't you do something about it? His answer, I did, and look where it got me. Our attorney was sure this custody case would go our way since the stories the plaintiff told were so outrageous. She even commented that if she ever doubted my son, her doubts were gone, she knew the plaintiff was lying. It took almost a month for a decision to be made. When it was given, my son felt like someone punched him in the stomach. We were made out to be conniving and vindictive. I am sure if someone made up stories about Wachs, caused him to lose everything he worked hard for and alienated his children, he would want that wrong righted. Go to case search, look up husband #2, clean record before her...many abuse charges while with her...none. My son's record, the same. This little boy loves his daddy. It is sickening to hear him week in and week out say he wishes he could spend 100 million hrs. with daddy. So, thank you, for your decision and enabling a serial false accuser. We have the CD's from the trial and case search docs. to back up what we say.

Other

Comment #: MD3290
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
If you are a judge and you grant sole custody to a mother who reads an email in court, in which she admits attacking the father, while he held their 4 month old baby, because she was drunk, then it's time for you to be impeached. If you grant sole custody to a mother who reads an email in court, in which she discusses pointing a gun at the father while he held their baby, then you are a disgusting human being and it's time for impeachment. The best thing about this is that I have the official court transcripts on CD. There is no excuse imaginable for justifying that decision.

Other

Comment #: MD3286
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Just read the story of Latiqwa Mayes, who was sentenced to 6 years in prison for falsely accusing a man of rape, which led to him getting beat to death. Michael Wachs has demonstrated that he condones such accusations. In fact, Michael Wachs has rewarded litigants and counsel in his courtroom for making similar accusations. Michael Wachs has also demonstrated that he believes it's in the best interest of children to be in the sole custody of a criminal who resorts to making false allegations to be malicious and retaliatory. For Michael Wachs to throw children to the wolves in the way that he does is criminal in itself. Yet, he gets paid $150,000 of our tax dollars each year to do just that. If you are a judge that believes children are better off with a criminal serial false accuser, then you're over due for an impeachment.

Litigant

Comment #: MD3282
Rating:1.0
Comments:
"American fathers are led down a primrose path every day in our family courts, often with disastrous legal results. They wind up in the Land of Gender Bias, where they are systematically stripped of their rights, often without the slightest idea of why it is happening to them. 

"If you think the mother-father disparity is outrageous, consider the sexual abuse syndrome, and how it affects visitation and custody disputes. Here, the judicial impotence and chronic blindness to men's rights would appall you. 

"Courts are supposed to approach cases of child custody, support payments, and visitation rights in what we call a gender-neutral posture. It sounds fair, and it is fair. But it is a myth. Judges are not enforcing these gender laws fairly, and few seem to care. 

"We will see more of these problems until fathers organize to demand fairer treatment. So get it together dads: You have a legitimate legal beef and you need to make this a public issue. Right now the courts don't hear you." 

- Judge Judy Sheindlin




As a side note, you'll never see an honest quote such as this coming from Judge Michael Wachs, who gets paid roughly $150,000/year in tax dollars to destroy families and leave children in harms way based on lies.

Litigant

Comment #: MD3121
Rating:1.0
Comments:
After the mother in a custody case read aloud emails in which she confessed to falsifying police reports about domestic violence, apologized for physically attacking the husband while drunk, and pointing a gun at the husband while he held their 4 month old baby, Michael Wachs granted sole custody to the mother and ordered supervised visits for the father. This is no exaggeration. It is verifiable through court transcripts, thank goodness!

Other

Comment #: MD2108
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Thank God for judges like Judge Wachs. It is wonderful to have a judge who is not hell-bent on having the woman win total custody and have the man shut out of an innocent child's life. There are women out there who cry domestic violence just to get total control of a situation. Thank God Judge Wachs recognizes that. There are other judges out there who recognize it, too, but they are too afraid to stand up for what is right, and just chastise the man and go on with life, which is very, very sad.

Other

Comment #: MD1562
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The only judge in the area with enough of a spine to recognize false allegations. Other judges are too blind and gutless to see the truth or do anything about it.

Other

Comment #: MD1497
Rating:10.0
Comments:
What a kind, understanding judge who LISTENS and PAYS ATTENTION to what he hears. He replaced the Honorable Judge anck who, in my opinion helped put a family member on the right track by believing in him/her. It is great to have a judge who understands the value of a father in a child's life, who understands that the child is not always better off with the mother. Thank you and God bless you for being who you are.

Other

Comment #: MD1381
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Outstanding judge, unlike some of the others that we are paying for. He is fair, non-biased, and honestly believes a father should be part of a child's life, not just a source for child support. He can see through the drama of the parent and the uncaring towards her children.

Other

Comment #: MD1374
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A breath of fresh air in a corrupt and biased system - so far.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1341
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Excellent demeanor. Cares about the litigants and children involved in the cases. Is careful and thoughtful.

Other

Comment #: MD1159
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge is wonderful. A no-nonsense type who could finally see through the drama of the plaintiff. He seems to see the value of a father n a child's life and did something about it. I wish others would follow his lead and not be biased, especially seeing the way one of the parents behaved in his courtroom. Thank you Judge Wachs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1140
Rating:7.7
Comments:
Pretty straight forward judge and refuses to get side tracked.

He'll here each side out fully. Ask appropriate questions. Determines his ruling and explains it to the parties.

Not much drama on his part.

Do not expect him to rule on any motions that are not scheduled to be heard. He won't hear them.

Very business/judicial like.

Other

Comment #: MD1041
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Any person who lets a violent sex offender of CHILDREN out on parole without mandatory supervision... is NO BETTER than the criminal.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD740
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Good enough judge, but the light shining off his head can be blinding.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD331
Rating:9.4
Comments:
I have tried family matters before Judge Wachs and he is excellent at cutting through the nonsense and getting to the heart of the case. He definitely has a bias towards the wife and a paternalistic attitude that women must be provided for, as far as alimony and child support are considered. Having said that, he renders some of the most appropriate custody decisions I have seen in terms of being fair to both parents. He is a pleasure to try a case before. Very relaxed demeanor, good with child witnesses, focused on how to best conclude the case, very patient with litigants and witnesses alike, extremely conscious of the importance of the decisions that he is asked to make as far as custody matters are concerned.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD326
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Very fair and even handed. Respectful to litigants and counsel. Works hard to get cases settled but does not pre-judge the case. Understands and applies the rules of evidence.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD320
Rating:4.7
Comments:
Felt favoritism toward opposing counsel in conduct of trial and in outcome.