Hon. John W. Debelius, III See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.5 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   9.0 - 2 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. John W. Debelius, III


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3276
Superior in every way. He is fair, shows an excellent legal background, follows the law and the rules and treats the lawyers and parties with respect.

He also administers the court efficiently and with understanding of the legitimate needs of the lawyers


Comment #: MD2023
This judge was very well-spoken about my case and seemed to care enough about what I was going to after I was going to walk out of his courtroom with my time and life. That was very thoughtful of him, and meant a lot to me.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1421
He's got the right temperament, learns the law he doesn't know and tries very hard to be fair. I've seen him make some bad rulings but on balance, this guy is a very good judge. I would take him over a lot of the others any day.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1395
Judge Debelius' great strength is that he tries to be fair, and his processes are good. Not to say he gets everything right on the law, but at the end of the day you feel like you've had your day in court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1302
An excellent jurist who is equally fair to each side. He should try more cases instead of serving as Administrative Judge, which is a thankless job.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1100
Rating:Not Rated
Does not have much of a back bone in handling the non-bright judges.


Comment #: MD1022
He's a good guy- look at how many attorneys from his firm are on the bench- speaks volumes as to their credibility.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD330
Judge Debelius did not appear to understand the appellate rulings on a family law issue. He was aware of the cases, but appeared not to understand the rulings and apply the rulings.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD167
Judge Debelius presided over a five day civil jury trial. He was extremely courteous, heard objections and frequent bench conferences at lawyers' request, and did not interject much into the trial. I did not win the case, but Judge Debelius was fair and tried to accomplish a settlement pre-trial.