Hon. Michael D. Mason See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.7 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Michael D. Mason


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Other

Comment #: MD2675
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Bullshit!! Fuck Judge Mason his bitch ass give me 18 months for a crime. I never did. 18 months with no fucking record. He was sleep in my trial and he rude ass fuck. I hope he get COLON CANCER and suffer very long time. These fucking judges rule on LIES prosecutor bring them. And they believe it because they asses to lazy to research. I hope he get cancer.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2014
Rating:9.4
Comments:
Comment MD1176 mirrors my feelings towards this judge. MoCo and PG benches would be cured of their massive dysfunction if the other judges were near as good as Judge Mason. I'd recommend him for CoSA or CoA, but who wants to lose him as a trial judge? If more judges were also intolerant of unethical behavior from the local attorneys, perhaps there would be fewer unethical tactics by the sleaziest of attorneys (and we know who the worst are).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1461
Rating:9.7
Comments:
I love appearing before Judge Mason. He is well prepared and let's you know where he'd like to hear argument. I have confidence that he knows the law and will apply it impartially. I know my client will get a fair hearing when Judge Mason presides.

Other

Comment #: MD1370
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst judge ever. Period.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1358
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
as a young attorney still somewhat nervous and intimidated before judges at times, I found him polite and responsive and felt he listened to what I was saying and responded to it rationally even ruling against me. more than many other judges would do here in Maryland A+

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1176
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Hands down the best judge on the Montgomery County bench. I have lost and I have won in front of Judge Mason, yet I've never deeply disagreed with what he's done -- i.e., its always been fair and even when I don't like his rulings they're always just & within the bounds of the law, and not the product of bias. He is a man of conscience, in my opinion. He is fair. He is extremely intelligent. He is unusually hard working. He has always displayed appropriate judicial temperment when I've been in his Court room. Ironically, the only time I've ever seen him truly openly chastise a lawyer
in open court involved a friend of mine; and, I happened to be in the court room on another case, but knew the background of what the guy got chewed out for and thought it was well-deserved (I had cautioned him against the very game playing he got called out on). Even so, Mason growled only just enough to be sure my friend got the point, but took care not to damage his career; and, it helped: he has since improved his approach to court matters. Mason is a class act and the day he retires will be a truly sad day in Montgomery County.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1161
Rating:3.1
Comments:
I had a divorce matter in front of him. He made it clear that he thought the litigation a waste of his time and appeared disinterested in the proceedings. In the end he made a ruling based on emotion and not on the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD194
Rating:7.5
Comments:
Very smart judge. Knows the law and usually applies it correctly. Can be forceful but I would not say rude. Has taken a long time to issue some rulings. It has been difficult scheduling hearings before him in a timely manner.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD117
Rating:8.5
Comments:
One of the best judges I have ever appeared before in over forty years of practice. He is very smart, a hard worker, and he gives the parties and counsel a first rate trial. I give him this rating even though I lost the last case I had before him.