Hon. Terrence J. McGann See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.9 - 18 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 12 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. Terrence J. McGann


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Litigant

Comment #: MD5926
Rating:10.0
Comments:
10 rating for comment #MD5920

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD5925
Rating:10.0
Comments:
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Litigant

Comment #: MD5920
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This guy took 90 min to adjudicate a 5 min case and went way beyond being thorough and fair by explaining how he tried to view this from many different angles before ultimately making his ruling. To make a long story short he gave my accuser a long enough rope to run with that he hung himself. Good job and thank you your honor

Litigant

Comment #: MD5587
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In a family court proceeding involving allegations of continued child abuse, striking an 7 year old about the face and neck, had the callousness to say, "well, corporal punishment is not illegal in the state of Maryland, so we are not going to consider that."

Other

Comment #: MD5572
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Abuses his position as a judge to punish the World for his misfortune. A more helpful way for him to deal with his issues would probably be a great psychologist.

Other

Comment #: MD5542
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Needs to go. Pathetic specimen.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD5536
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge concerns me. I feel he is all about the wealthy. I had a case before him and he made sexist comments. Even when my lawyer objected he dismissed her and ruled in favor of a wealthy person. I do think he is not applying the law and the facts before him. He clearly ignores the facts before him. I am considering at this time to file a complaint against him with the judicial services commission MD. This judges bows to the person who has the highest paying lawyer.

Other

Comment #: MD4796
Rating:10.0
Comments:
As a divorced mother with very little means, trying to protect my younger kid from a selfish father who was attempting to avoid child support, and my older kid from her father's psychological abuse, I am making a point of adding an excellent rating to Judge McGann.
Judge McGann is obviously a family person and a
no-nonsense judge, who keeps children interests at heart.
My ex husband had suspended child support after alienating my older child. That had forced me
to pay my younger kid's expenses for almost a
year with a loan I took from my limited pension funds.
Judge McGann ordered my ex to pay me arrears
and to pay his portion of all the needs of my younger kid, going forward, aside from child support.
When our agreement was read on the record, Judge McGann had some very sensible advice to
give us. It almost felt like a counselor at the stand. This is a judge who will not let the details of some
imperfect guidelines get in the way of justice.
My guess is that much of the bad ratings Judge McGann gets in this website come from very liberal lawyers protecting their clients assets and/or wealthy clients who feel entitled to dismiss their ex spouses and children's rights just because they can afford to pay the usual unaffordable fees it takes to fight a custody battle.
I feel lucky that our case was assigned to Judge
McGann.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD4748
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is incompetente , Good for nothing,he must be dichas as soon as possible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD4742
Rating:1.5
Comments:
I have been before him in a number of family law matters over a period of time now. He is biased, favors attorneys he likes, doesn't know the law or the rules of evidence, short tempered, arrogant, doesn't permit both sides to present their arguments, and doesn't listen as his factual findings are frequently contrary to the facts. He is an awful judge.

Litigant

Comment #: MD4300
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I left Judge McGann's courtroom shell shocked. I can't believe that what I witnessed and endured, could happen in the United States of America in the 21st century. I am now acutely aware that miscarriages of justice are handed down daily by judges who either have a personal agenda or simply do not care about the citizens who, after spending years agonizing over bringing a case, come before them. The process for appeal is a lengthly and expensive one. We need reform so that no one has to experience what I did in McGann's courtroom. Enough is enough.

Other

Comment #: MD3808
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst experience ever. After months of mediations, settlement hearings to finally get to my merits trail and they gave me Judge McGann. Basically his mind was made up before we entered the courtroom. He didnt like the fact of me getting our daughter on an overnight through the school week. He told my lawyer if I come into his courtroom asking for more overnights more than likely he will take me back to every other weekend visitation.He believes the child should sleep in 1 bed mon-friday during a school week. Crazy thing is I live 7 min from my ex, basically around the corner from her and our daughter school. I was 18 overnights a way from joint physical custody and he didnt even give me a chance for more time. I accepted our pedente lite order to assure I didn't get pushed back to every other weekend. I feel for ANYONE that comes before Judge McCann.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3045
Rating:1.0
Comments:
An absolute disaster. Mind made up without hearing case. Makes up the law as it suits him. Very deferential to old school white male attorneys. Everyone else gets screwed.

Other

Comment #: MD2351
Rating:1.0
Comments:
UNFAIR even after reviewing the report from child protection agency which still helped me after the judgment which they are not taking in consideration. Not only this Judge did not do his job of protecting us but he humiliated with his poor, unfair harsh judgment giving a free pass to the other part to be a bully, violent with my kid with not even a warning! It seems that a lots of people rated him poorly!!! Not a coincidence!

Other

Comment #: MD2320
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge McGann could have let ASA John Costello work me over, when I had to show up for my pretrial hearing without an attorney, but he didn't. Judge McGann also pointed out, in open court, that Mr. Costello had withheld information from me about his intentions to move for a dismissal of my case. I am very grateful that Judge McGann was willing to listen to what I had to say, and was willing to verify it before ruling on Mr. Costello's bad-faith motion. Judge McGann was very generous in giving me extra time to finish attorney shopping, and I am very grateful to him for this.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1663
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The comments below (#1662) are mine. I inadvertently failed to enter my ratings for this judge but have done so now.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1662
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
McGann's handling of three Petitions for Judicial Review of Agency Decisions evidence his ignorance, incompetence, indiffernce, indolence, bias, arrogance, and cowardice. McGann allowed his Administrative Assistant (a non-attorney) to write and sign scheduling orders on complex litigation involving Chapter 200 of Md. Rules governing the aforementioned petitions. When I contacted McGann's Administrative Assistant to express my concerns that her scheduling orders violated the Md. Rules, she advised me that I would have to file motions to have McGann consider reversing the unlawful scheduling orders. I filed two motions in this regard which McGann ignored and never ruled on before he summarily dismissed my petitions. The Court of Special Appeals subsequently reversed McGann and reinstated the petitions; whereupon, McGann directed the Clerk's Office to assign the petitions to another judge. This whole process took over three years and gives a whole new meaning to "justice delayed, justice denied!" McGann gives lip service to justice and should be derobed!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1546
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Same names keep popping up as most incompetent - he's on top. Seriously with so many incomps we should have an easier way of kicking them out. It's a job not taken seriously by idiots like him. So why not have a third strike and you're out. His salary can feed 100 families in MC for a year.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1418
Rating:1.3
Comments:
He belittles and berates parties and lawyers to make himself feel better. He ignores the facts in favor of his own personal bias. He is unable to put aside his own personal prejudices and beliefs and judge a case on its own merit. He is extremely harsh in the delivery of his opinions from the bench. He doesn't understand even the most basic aspects of the law and doesn't care about scientific evidence at all. He tells horrendous stories -- in court -- about his personal life in a lame effort to justify his decisions. I have seen him do this in a courtroom full of people, resulting in several of them exclaiming their astonishment that he got away with it. He appears to make up his mind before he even starts a case, choosing a favorite party right away and then exercising his authority in favor of that party throughout the trial. He is so nasty to parties that it is impossible to find anything respectful to say about him, which is a shame, because we are supposed to foster respect for our judges and the system. I have seen him disallow competent evidence because he had already made up his mind about the case. J. McGann is a fine example of why politics has no place in the appointment of judges. Even a judge with a low IQ and a poor grasp of the law can do a fair job if he is willing to listen to the facts and consider the law that we lawyers so often spoon feed to them. This judge is not willing to do either. He lacks the basic intelligence, judicial temperament, training, experience and human empathy necessary to do a minimally acceptable job.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1305
Rating:6.5
Comments:
Aside from a few jokes (which can lighten the mood in court), I have found Judge McGann to be serious and thougtful from the bench. I disagree with many of the negative comments posted. He is not the worst judge, especially while Judge Rubin still sits.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1237
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst of the worst in Maryland. Can't think logically on the bench. Can't cite relevant cases unless written down - like a cheat sheet - by his clerks for him IN ADVANCE. Lazy and entitled little man.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1055
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I've been before McGann on a few occasions over the last year+... Cannot speak to the personal attacks on his resume/personality, but I found him to be even-handed and respectful.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1035
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Cannot help but respect this no-nonsense judge. Understanding the general sentiments about Judge McGann being harsh on the defense, I think it is very important that the Bench maintains judges who do not "hover in the grey area." I have appeared in front of McGann a number of times and he has been fair to my clients.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1033
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Mr. Prosecutor - your comment only adds to the prevailing reputation of McGann of being bias -- that he was nothing more than an inept political appointment. You and your office I am sure will be sad if McGann resigns or retires - hopefully sooner than ever. Until then enjoy the easy ride of locking people up without much thought to the rules, procedure and Constitutional protections afforded the American public. McGann's a moron - right there with "judge" Johnson.
Notwithstanding the above- I have no doubt that when there is a defense attorney with more political clout than your office - you are more likely to offer a fabulous plea to take it away from McGann's lack of "good" judgment.

Prosecutor

Comment #: MD1029
Rating:10.0
Comments:
After decades of experience in private practice, McGann’s decision to serve the people of Montgomery County has been a blessing to the State; degenerates and whiney defense attorneys excluded. MoCo is lucky to have McGann keeping the streets free of criminal scum and the courts free from frivolous lawsuits.

Other

Comment #: MD953
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A very wise man stated, "Good judges 'divorce' their beliefs and views from their decisions." What happened to "judge" McGann--

Other

Comment #: MD934
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He his the meanest judge/person I have ever seen. He decides cases before they are heard. I really feel sorry for anyone that comes before him. He is very arrogant and like others have said, if he knows the lawyer trying the case, you stand a better chance. He convicted my 19 year old son to 15 years for a first offence robbery in which he did not posess a weapon and no one was hurt; saying he was going to do what other courts would not do prior to handing him this lengthy unreasonable sentence. He is a very mean man.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD875
Rating:1.0
Comments:
the last reviewer was over kind.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD477
Rating:1.7
Comments:
The Judge appeared to take the bench with his mind made up on a dispositive issue that had neither been raised or briefed by either party. And appears to have made up his mind without the benefit of any research, since his decision was absolutely contrary to 50 years of very clear case law on the issue. He did not want to hear why he might be wrong. I suspect even the successful attorney was left stunned by the Judge's action, for it absolutely guaranteed an appeal.

Note: I was not an attonrey or party involved in the case, so I have no axe to grind. I did, however, read the transcript after I heard about this, since it was an area of the law in which I practice.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD445
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Very typical blue blood in Montgomery County. Knowing him is to win. Law matters none. Is it age or what, but how many judges can get away with sexist comments in open court. Status quo in Montogmery County.