Hon. James H. McGuinness, Jr. See Rating Details
District Court Judge
District Court
Middlesex County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.5 - 2 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)

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What others have said about Hon. James H. McGuinness, Jr.



Comment #: MA462
Judge McGuinness is a hard line actor, who though he appears to have some appealing qualities, e.g. mustache and glasses are amusing, is convinced the police can do no wrong. He needs to realize that the cops use excessive force in the Boston suburbs, just like they do in Chicago. Then, they lie about it. Wake up, Your Honor.


Comment #: MA452
Rating:Not Rated
Judge James MCGinnis is a wonderful judge..He is knowledgeable and wastes no time on irrelevant nonsense..cuts to the chase and moves things along without missing a trick..listens intently ..makes certain the jury fully understands the process..He also has
the most unique, delightful voice..very calm, clear articulation with great inflection..Very sharp..intriguing..
I'd most definitelt give him a 10.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA446
This judge is a narcissist; his style is abrasive, and dismissive. He seems smart enough, but there is more to being a good judge than that.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA441
Judge McGuinness is one of the best district court judges around. He's knowledgable and entertaining. I look forward to practicing in front of him.


Comment #: MA311
This one is a smart cookie, knows law, (commercial, civil) sticks to law and has a savvy delivery method when he rules.