Hon. Paul W. Ishak See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Harford County
3rd Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 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. Paul W. Ishak



Comment #: MD7824
Judge Ishak is one of the most even handed and incredibly fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD7817
Incredibly fair, even handed judge. Even if you do not win, at least the judge explains his basis and, in the end, that's all you can ask for. Probably one of the best appointments statewide in 5 years.


Comment #: MD7816
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Ishak is one of the best things to happen to Harford County in a long long time. He is fair, patient, and unbiased. He reviews cases purely on the basis of their merits.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD7281
My observations are based on a single and fairly brief appearance before Judge Ishak but in that short period of time I drew several conclusions about him. One is that Judge Ishak radiates judicial temperament and respect. We need the people who make up our institutions to be good people and Judge Ishak seems well suited to the position. Another is that he took the time to delve into the facts and procedures involved in the matter before him and sought additional information and clarification prior to making his decision. In doing so he demonstrated that he values not just making decisions but making the right decisions. Last but not least, the kind and professional demeanor of his staff suggests that his governance of his chambers mirrors the persona we see on the bench. I was pleased to deal with Judge Ishak and look forward to future occasions before him.