Hon. Cathy Hollenberg Serrette See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Prince George's County
7th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.2 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Cathy Hollenberg Serrette


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6150
Rating:8.8
Comments:
One of the brightest judges in Maryland. It would be a pity for those of us practicing before her to lose her to the appellate position. The right demeanor and the right level of involvement- she lets you try your case but is willing to challenge any claim that doesn't pass the smell test.

Other

Comment #: MD5941
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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Does not take the law or standards into considerations.makes rulings based on emotion
. Doesn't even come close to being unbiased. Has a very hard time admitting when she has made an error. Racism, bias, emotionally and judicially not qualified. Does not permit children of color to make statement in the court. Always in favor of pro bono attorneys even when they are lying on stand. A disgrace to the circuit court.

Other

Comment #: MD5896
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has been over seeing my child support case since 2014 unsuccessfully allowing the non custodial to get away with non payment and no consecquences. She has been over seeing another child support case he has and has allowed him to ge away with $39,000 in unpaid child support. She should be locked up right along with him for not doing her job and not caring about these innocent childrn involved. I guess as long as she is eating she can care less if our children do. what a waste of a seat on the bench!

Litigant

Comment #: MD5209
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Shocked at how biased she was. She ruled without reviewing an underlying order, refused a continuance and discussed lunch plans with opposing counsel…

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD5106
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I always have confidence in Judge Hollenberg Serrette. Unlike most of these comments I find the Judge to be very helpful to new attorneys and very fair. She is a state wide leader on legal issues related to immigrant children in the courts. I enjoy practicing before her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2203
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Wow, I thought that I was the only litigant who felt like this judge ruled on emotion rather than the law. Judges are sworn to be neutral on the bench -- that does not apply to her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1953
Rating:4.8
Comments:
Knows far less law and family law than she thinks she does. Seems to ignore facts frequently and rules from her emotions. Patronizing to attorneys and to the public, but thinks she is being protective of them. Believes that the courts are "the guardians of the people." (She actually said that). Gee, I thought that the courts were the guardians of the Law and the Constitution...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1741
Rating:6.9
Comments:
In front of her on family law matters frequently. She rules from emotions. She doesn't always listen. She delves into matters not pertinent nor relevant to the issues at hand. Like her a lot but not as a judge.

Other

Comment #: MD1608
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Does not take the law or standards into considerations.makes rulings based on emotion
. Doesn't even come close to being unbiased. Has a very hard time admitting when she has made an error. Desperatly wants to save face. Should of picked a different profession.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD867
Rating:4.8
Comments:
Since she has become head of the family division, she seemingly only takes the court schedule into account when ruling on some matters -- not the law or facts. This is unfortunate. She could be a good judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD298
Rating:3.9
Comments:
Does not listen to the facts. Rules from the hip. Forgets where she came from. If she lost to you when she was practicing, she takes it out on your client when back in front of her.