Hon. Mary Dacey White See Rating Details
District Court Judge
District Court
Essex County
Lynn
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.3 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 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. Mary Dacey White


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Other

Comment #: MA345
Rating:5.0
Comments:
I am reserving my final opinion of this judge. One thing that I did not like was that she laughed at a time during the proceedings that was inappropriate. I had a very immature lawyer who presented the case in a way that did not reflect well upon my family. The judge laughed at either the lawyer -- which was fine with me and appropriate, as I couldn't fire the lawyer since it would cost me too much money -- or at the mention of a family member of mine who had just died -- which was grossly inappropriate.

Litigant

Comment #: MA314
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Average. Costs me money by prolonging the procedure.

Other

Comment #: MA57
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is an extremely competent, professional,and very fair. She is careful, through, and Deliberative in her passing on the law, wheather it is a civil or criminal case. I was involved in a complex interjurisdictional case before her a while ago. She was focused and precise in her interpretation of the law. Dispite the other less than favorable reviews here, she is an excellent judge, and deserves much praise. The others with their negative views have a axe to grind and are not being fair to this judge. They are sour grapes because they disagree with the outcome of a particular case. They fail to evaluate the performace of the judge on objective critieria! She is truly a credit to her profession! I look forward to dealing with Judge Dacey White again in the future.

Litigant

Comment #: MA47
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Unfortunately, I can only repeat the previous opinion - "there is nothing Honorable about Dacey White. She is a total disgrace to the bench and legal profession."

Other

Comment #: MA43
Rating:1.0
Comments:
There is nothing Honorable about Dacey White. She is a total disgrace to the bench and legal profession. I was the defendant in what was proved to be a totally baseless case. Judge White's behavior at preliminary hearings for this case was simply outrageous. So outrageous that my lawyer finally, after consulting with her colleagues, filed a motion for recusal, which Judge White refused. She showed extreme bias against my attorney, was rude and cut her off during hearings, ignored very serious charges against the plaintiffs attorney. After the first hearing - a motion for summary judgement, we assumed she had some personal connection to the plaintiffs or their attorney. Even others in court the first day made a comment to my attorney about this judge's behavior.
From my lawyer: I have repeatedly advised the judge she(the plaintiff's attorney) is lying. I pointed it out again in my motion for recusal (said she had responded to all discovery when even at time of hearing she had not) and in motion for reconsideration of sanctions ("Plaintiffs counsel has put several significant and misleading statements in pleadings to this court including a statement that defendant had cost other consumers thousands of dollars when in fact that was not true; a statement that she had retained Mr. Woodrow Hughes as an expert, when in fact she had not; a statement in pleadings and in court that application of a deck sealant was standard in the industry when it was not; and a statement in pleadings that plaintiffs had responded to interrogatories and discovery when they had not.") These facts should, under the judicial rules of conduct, have prompted the judge to report Hurley (the plaintiffs attorney). (end of my attorneys comment)

I do not like to think I am naive in holding members of the legal profession to extremely high standards. It is disillusioning to see that they do not hold themselves to the same standards.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MA21
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Mary Dacey White is one of the best judges on the district court bench. She is fair, intelligent and very considerate. She is fantastic.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA18
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Fair, hardworking and knowledgeable. Great at settlement issues and has a good grasp of the legal issues. Don't try and be cute with legal issues that have no basis or she will land on you with both feet. A great motion judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MA10
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Excellent judge with years of experience as an A.D.A. Reasonable and fair. Has courage most judges lack.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA9
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Judge White is by far the worst judge I have appeared before in my 24 years as an attorney. Not only does she not have the grasp a first-year law student would of contracts and torts, she is unprofessional, irrational and totally lacks judicial temperament. I have never experienced the level of bias I have experienced with her in any other case.