Hon. Christopher J. Muse See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Middlesex County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.8 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Christopher J. Muse



Comment #: MA480
He lacks professionalism as well as a good courtroom temperament. He is also extremely rude, abrasive, and hostile. Not an ideal judge to have to try a case in front of - constantly interjecting and interrupting all parties in the courtroom. This judge only interested in hearing himself speak - no interest in what others have to say. To the judge's credit he was equally uninterested in both parties - so in that aspect one could argue he was "evenhanded." His desire to speak continued into the victim's impact statement - he continued to talk for her (16 year old female victim) transforming the victim impact statement into the judge's impact statement.


Comment #: MA478
I attended court proceedings in Plymouth County where this judge sat back an allowed the defense attorney to repeatedly call a witness / victims mother a liar and manipulator. Isn't that illegal?? He appeared to be biased in favor of the defense. I would like to see the state supreme court review the transcripts and this perhaps all of his cases.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MA407
I watched two other proceedings on my day in his Plymouth courtroom, I found him to be very knowledgeable and had tremendous insight. He did his homework on the cases.

I have nothing but praise and admiration for Judge Muse. I had to sue a Mass Licensing Board for their overreach and underhanded proceedings. He realized that after 5 years of their abuse that I was being screwed by the board from day one. He had them vacate any and all charges against me and then read them the riot act.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA392
Rating:Not Rated
I tried a contract case in front of him, jury-waived. At issue was a basic principle of law that I would expect a law student who has taken contract law to understand. As the last writer indicated, 'aggressive ignorance'. The Judge took a view not supported by the contract or by the law on the first day of trial and could not be shaken from it. So, my client and I had a several day trial which seemed doomed to appeal from the very first day. Having made careful requests for findings of fact and requested rulings of law, the Judge ignored all of this and instead issued 'oral findings' right at the close of evidence which ignored whole aspects of the case, not even giving us an opportunity to make closing statements. In addition, the Judge was personally hostile to the lawyer - calling him 'disingenuous' five or six times - and also to the client. Having tried cases for nearly forty years, I have never seen anything remotely like this.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA390
The worst judge I have ever appeared before. I have never seen such aggressive ignorance.


Comment #: MA357
Rating:Not Rated
We had the unfortunate opportunity of appearing before Judge Muse on several occasions. You can add a bias against pro se litigants to the list of complaints. Here is what's unique: we won our appeal against him, and it contained bias as part of the appeal, complete with quotes right from the transcripts. He had to have had some ego to make them on the record. We could repeat, but will instead second, what attorneys on this site have said about him. All of the documents of our case are at http://plaintiffs.jetiii.com (we won our First Amendment motion). Also, I was interviewed by uswatchdogs.net, who have numerous stories about this judge. He is getting bad enough to conjure up memories (that you older attorneys will remember) of the impeachment of Judge Shirley R. Lewis.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA321
The worst judge that I have ever been in front of. He lacks professionalism as well as a good temperament. He is also extremely rude, abrasive, and hostile. He is unfair and biased, and does not wish to be challenged.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA196
I don't understand why he is on the bench - every ruling in which I have been involved is a head scratcher.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA112
Rating:Not Rated
If you have a dog of a case, pray for this judge. He seems ignorant of the law, but decides upon his own strange criteria.
The WORST judge I have had the misfortune to come before.


Comment #: MA93
Rating:Not Rated
Careful of this Judge. He shoots from the hip and couldn't be bothered by the facts/law when decided.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA67
Absolutely the worst judge I have been in front of. Asks a question and cuts you off after one sentence of answering. Would rather hear himself speak than hear an explanation. Is condescending, favors older attorneys at the expense of younger ones, quotes nonsensical passages of gibberish to make himself sound smarter.