Hon. Nelson W. Rupp, Jr. See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.4 - 13 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Nelson W. Rupp, Jr.


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD5989
Does not comprehend complex legal issues. Too busy trying to "cut to the chase" rather than address the evidence needed.


Comment #: MD4628
I have 1 word to describe his temperment on the bench. EGO..... Dont make him out to be wrong in any way, dont challenge his knowledge or authority, I did and he made me sorry in a big way. Maybe i caught him on a bad day, I want no more parts of Judge Rupp.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3095
Smart enough and one of the better circuit court judges.


Comment #: MD2434
Rating:Not Rated
Character is standing up for an issue. I am curious to see whether Judge Rupp has the intestinal fortitude to publically take a position on his co-candidate Judge Audrey Creighton.

Judge Rupp publically denounced one candidate for judge criticizing a lack of vetting.

Reporters will ask the question. Refusing comment citing "an ongoing investigation" is political dodge-ball and any reporter worth their salt should not accept that as an answer.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2417
Judge Rupp is compassionate and fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2388
Solid all around judge. Montgomery County is lucky to have him. Tough on repeat offenders when violence is involved, but compassionate to non-violent addicts. Great with civil actions, too. Fair and balnced.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2368
I've won far more than I've lost in front of Judge Rupp, but I can't stand trying cases in front of him.

He is a nasty person who has no business being a judge.

He is rude and disrespectful both to lawyers and to parties. I cringed once when he attacked my opposing counsel (who is a pretty decent guy and a good lawyer) for no real reason.

From what I understand from those who know him well, he is also very lazy, which probably explains why he didn't seem to understand the law very well when we were in front of him last time (but woe unto him who tries to correct Judge Rupp -- the man is NEVER wrong).

I believe he is the worst judge in the County.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2323
Judge Rupp has been a trial judge for twenty years. I have practiced civil and criminal law for thirty-seven years. He is knowledgeable, courteous and fair. He started the Montgomery County Drug Court program many years ago, and has helped hundreds of people (if not more) into a sober clean, lifestyle and away from crime. That is an evening-plus per week as a volunteer. His sentences in cases are like his trials -- fair and balanced. If a family member had a criminal, traffic or civil matter before him, they would be judged fairly and compassionately. Montgomery County is lucky to have him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2319
He is an excellent judge. He is very fair to both sides, and allows the attorneys to try their cases.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2317
Absolutely no compassion. Very harsh without cause. Nice person off the bench, but 100 % pro state on everything.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2138
Not a good family law judge. He is impatient, but even-handed for the most part in his impatience. He doesn't really want to hear the facts, nor does he understand their relevance to the issues of certain matters. He will listen if you force him to, but that should not be required -- he should know why certain issues are relevant. He does tend to rule promptly at the end of the case, which is a good thing. He showed very little sense of humor, and no empathy or understanding towards the parties in these cases. He should probably stick to business law issues and criminal cases.


Comment #: MD2083
I was a pro se defendant in a family law case. Judge Rupp is evidence that dollars buy justice. Despite the plaintiff perjuring herself 3 times on the stand, Judge Rupp took less than 30 minutes to render a decision. He choose to ignore requests for supplemental evidence and disregarded the recommendations of the evaluator hired by the plaintiff.

Seemed disconnected from the case and presented the impression of wanting to move the case to its conclusion as quickly as possible.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MD2074
Judge Rupp should not be serving in family court, he is anything but familial. I felt that he was thinking of anything but the trial. His judgement was based on credible witnesses. The only witnesses were from the plaintiff.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1394
They call this guy "Father Time" and "Hang-em high" Rupp. Overall decent judge, but with issues


Comment #: MD1018
HORRIBLE- he should not be hearing any family law cases. He doesnt care what issues we have- he has his own personal and ours are trivial compared to his. Keep him in traffic court or real estate law- but get out of family court as he destroys peoples lives.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD346
Reads everything and understands the apposite law. Holds counsel to 30 minutes on motions and does not permit counsel with a weak position to filibuster. Does not shoot from the hip and but is not afraid to rule when pursuaded to a particular position. All around good judge who does not suffer from "Robeitis".