Hon. Mark S. Coven See Rating Details
District Court Judge
District Court
Norfolk County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.2 - 3 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)

What others have said about Hon. Mark S. Coven



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.