Hon. Mark S. Coven See Rating Details
District Court Judge
District Court
Norfolk County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.1 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 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. Mark S. Coven


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA514
It's been several years since I have been before Judge Coven, but he has always stood out in my mind as one of the best judges in the Commonwealth - and I have been in many courts throughout the state. He is fair, insightful, open minded, and compassionate yet firm. He is truly an excellent judge.


Comment #: MA403
Never knew a chief justice can be so caring and giving.
In addition to all the cases he hears every day not to mention his wife and family that need his times as well it is tearfully touching to know that this chief justice also spends much time in the downtown Quincy area at the soup kitchen and homeless shelter as well.
Judge Coven is over qualified for his position. For this judge to spend time developing a plan that would improve our judicial system clearly is the reason why I feel he would better serve us as GOVERNOR of Massachusetts.
Judge Coven said that he became a judge so that he could help people just as he did when he was a lawyer. I truly feel that when you have an arrogant, egotistical and one who appears to be ignorant of our legal system who can totally disrespect this honorable judge by referring to him as
"a Poverty lawyer" as J. Edward Pawlick did CLEARLY SHOULD BE DISBARRED and never allowed to practice law again. Working as an attorney for Greater Boston Legal Sevices is a great way to help people who cannot otherwise afford an attorney. If judge Coven is burned out it is because he cares to much for all people both in and out of court. First the president of the United states is referred to as the Food Stamp president and now this honorable judge is referred to as the poverty lawyer by an attorney who in my opinion was too ignorant to see how such a statement could be so offensive not to mention the impact it would have on his character and career.
JUDGE COVEN thank you for being the fairest of ALL JUDGES.


Comment #: MA401
The Honorable First Justice
Mark S. Coven is:
10-For his knowledge of the law
10-For his professionalism
10-For his fair treatment of everyone no matter what your race, religion ethnic background or legal issue you are dealing with.


Comment #: MA397
As Chief Justice of Quincy Court Judge Coven is a main proponent of the sexist and discriminatory MGL 209A, so-called 'Abuse Prevention', which targets men and fathers and removes them from their homes and children.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MA58
Pushes defendants to accept plea deals rather than proceeding to trial by threatening defendants, whether or not they have a prior record, with a sentence of jail time if convicted after trial. Favors probation officers in surrender hearings and almost always credits their testimony. Attempts to get probationers who owe money to accept jail time in lieu of paying the money because he knows he can't send them to jail for non-payment only.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MA11
Smart, fair for the most part, but punishes for trials.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA5
Excellent judge. I have been before him on both criminal and civil matters. He is insightful and thoughtful; yet, he commands respect. He has compassion, but he is not easily fooled. He listens well and renders fair, well-reasoned and prompt decisions.