Hon. Melissa M. Phinn See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Baltimore City County
8th Circuit
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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. Melissa M. Phinn



Comment #: MD9216
This dishonorable judge needs to be recalled. She is single-handedly increasing the already dangerous conditions of the state of Maryland with one inept decision after another. Her & Mosby are absolute useful idiots in the Soros stable of minions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6488
Judge Phinn was extremely well prepared for my case. She had obviously done many hours of preparation and reading. She knew the case forward and back. Her rulings were fair and she was respectful of counsel for both sides.


Comment #: MD5526
So, this judge ruled that merely believing Officer Bolger was doing the right thing by slitting Nala's throat was good enough for his acquittal. Indeed, his own comments about "gutting" this dog was apparently lost on her. She must believe that slitting a dog's throat isn't at all heinous. What a disgrace to the bench she is.


Comment #: MD5219
Shame on this judge for acquitting a very vicious animal killer! This judge does NOT like animals at all and she is to stay away from my small dog.


Comment #: MD5100
This Judge should be thrown off the bench. She is a disgrace to human decency. The cop that slit an innocent, scared dogs throat should have been found guilty plain and simple. Get this callous pathetic excuse for a woman FIRED NOW!!


Comment #: MD5092
There must be something seriously wrong with this Judge to let a dirty cop slit and kill a dog and be found not guilty. I will do everything in my power, join every effort to get this Judge off the bench!!