Hon. C. Philip Nichols, Jr. See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Prince George's County
7th Circuit
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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. C. Philip Nichols, Jr.



Comment #: MD8893
Acts on instinct rather than the facts of the case. Non-chalant and flippant with the lives of defendants, especially Black women who know their rights. Time for him to retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD7641
A total mensch of a guy. possibly the best judicial temperament I have ever seen in my 40+ years in practice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6817
By far, the most incompetent of jurists. Lacks judicial temperament. Full of himself. Impolite to litigants. He should not be allowed back by assignment. A terrible judge. He should be removed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6594
I have no idea how this jurist made it to the bench. He is generally mean,rude intolerant and incompetent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6202
Will allow attorneys to present their case! Somewhat intolerant of attorneys who do not know what they are doing. Very aware of the role of equity.

Court Staff

Comment #: MD5520
Rating:Not Rated
He needs to be removed he does NOT know how to do his job he is extremely careless and nonchalant any ways what goes around comes around he's the definition for injustice .

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD5399
This Judge is the actual reason why forced retirement is great thing for our judicial system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4478
What a jerk! Judge Nichols is extremely moody and at times downright rude. He clearly does not understand the LAW, and many of his opinions are either completely devoid of it or ignore it altogether. He was an absolute nightmare to appear before and seemly unaware that his decisions have lasting impacts on real people.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1194
Very much fair and balanced. Clearly read the memoranda on complex multi-issue motions. Knowledgeable on the law. No apparent bias, and very even-handed in the courtroom and outside.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1178
Its easy to see how he got on the bench: he's a very nice, affable fellow. I'd go deep sea fishing with him any day of the week.

Unfortunately, he is a lazy, mediocre at best but usually borderline awful judge. He shows up late. He takes long breaks and shows up late from them. He can be biased or make decisions for arbitrary reasons or based on personal prejudices, but he doesn't show his bias openly -- it comes out in his irrational decisions.

So, on the one hand, I don't mind being around Judge Nichols; but, if you have to bill a client for the time you stand there listening to his war story meanderings, it gets hard to justify after awhile. He isn't really a man of extremes so the end result probably isn't going to be way out in left field most of the time, but it won't be what I'd call justice, either.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1000
fair and balanced

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD151
Judge Nichols needs to read the memoranda submitted to him and rely less on his gut and instinct.