Hon. Melanie M. Shaw Geter See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Prince George's County
7th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.1 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 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. Melanie M. Shaw Geter


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3004
One of the easiest judges to try a case before. As a new attorney, she allowed me time to gather my thoughts and was supportive throughout the entire process. I give this judge a 10.0 rating WITHOUT RESERVATION!!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2785
Excellent Judge

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2220
Easily the worst judge I have had to try a case with, by far. On objections from either side, she would look up from whatever she was reading and say "move on." When pressed for whether "move on" meant "sustained" or "overruled," she got frustrated with me questioning the court and still didn't answer the question. On appeal, when I got to review the transcript, "move on" meant both sustained and overruled at different times (as best as I could ascertain her intent). Then she granted a new trial, then on reconsideration reversed her ruling, deciding she would just let the COSA deal with it. She should not be on the bench for circuit court matters -- the cases are too important.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1913
This judge works hard to get parties to settle, and sometime goes too far in trying, but otherwise a fair judge.


Comment #: MD1842
Judge Geter has abused her position and should be removed from the bench! She made my life a living HELL by forcing me to be in an abusive environment DESPITE the evidence presented in her courtroom! I know justice is blind but her gross misconduct needs to be reviewed by her peers and folks effected should compensated. I personally would not want anyone else to be abused because Melanie Shaw Geter has a God complex.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1832
Judge Geter has said she likes the power of being a judge. Though it's obvious without the admission. She loves to be "better" than ordinary folk (your lowly clients) and she'll be sure to pontificate in a condescending manner. Arrives late, leaves early.


Comment #: MD1463
I think that she was outstanding and empathetic during my relative trial. He needed help and she kept her word that she would refer him to mental health and hygeine and she did! Thank you for going the extra mile when others didn't. He is now getting the help and treatment that was needed a long time ago.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1443
Acts like she has better things to do and other places to be. Does not pay attention during trial and when an objection pops up says "move on".
Weak on law, procedure.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD351
Not very cheerful. Seems detached. Grumpy when you don't settle. Arrived one hour late in the morning and 20 minutes late in the afternoon without an explanation or apology.