Hon. Howard R. Haralson See Rating Details
Special Judge
Oklahoma County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.6 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 4 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. Howard R. Haralson


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: OK1627
[redacted by Ed.] One of the most openly anti-LGBT [redacted] "judges", in the state. Clearly judges from his ultra conservative religious dogma, completely ignoring the law itself. Has no problem destroying families based on forcing his Mormon doctrine on others. There are very few locations in this country where a man of such unethical character would be allowed to sit on the bench. If you want to destroy somebody who is LGBT, be sure to get this judge. If you wish to have a fair trial where the actual evidence is weighed and examined openly, and the law followed, fight with all your might to be assigned to another judge [redacted].


Comment #: OK1610
Judge Haralson already had his mind made up before the case ended. He looked uninterested and did not stay engaged in the proceedings.


Comment #: OK1606
Feel asleep during testimony. Does NOT give a fair trial to fathers. AT ALL. You are rolling the dice going before this man. He does not side with the law, he just does what he wants to do. Gives his opinions when it does not matter or warrant giving. Sided COMPLETELY with the mother, bought all of her lies. Even tho all the evidence showed she was lying. If you go before this man be careful.


Comment #: OK1553
Rating:Not Rated
I ran for my life from my husband who tried to kill me to another state. I was pregnant with a one year old child. During the pretrial custody hearing the judge made it quite clear that he did not care what had happened. Despite pictures, medical and police reports. He even said, " you will give your child to your husband for the remaining days of your stay here so you can SEE HOW IT FEELS."
He let me leave the state only because I was enrolling in school in the other state, per him. He has no conscious and sides with abusers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: OK1545
Average at best. Typical lazy good ole boy has-been lawyer you find in Oklahoma County chambers.


Comment #: OK1526
What an awakening this has been. I had more faith in our system until I encountered this judge.


Comment #: OK1400
Rating:Not Rated
did not listen to any statements or testimony provided by respondent. Fell asleep during father's testimony and witness testimony. People had to actually pause and wait for him to wake up before continuing their statements. Unfair decision making with no critical thinking ability and apparent lack of interest in hearing all sides makes this the worse case scenario for any who enter his court.

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: OK1272
Judge Haralson will listen both sides of the case and look at all the evidence before making his ruling on temporary orders and trials pertaining to custody with children. Judge Haralson does have an understanding of mothers and fathers sharing joint custody as equal parents. It is very Difficult for him to give primary custody to one parent over another. He will follow all the statutes very well before giving his ruling based upon the best interest of the child. He will not let personal matters of the parents cloud his judgement in what is best for the children.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: OK1261
Beware! Judge Haralson is biased against women. Men do very well in divorce and custody cases tried before Judge Haralson.

The family law court is supposed to be a court of equity. Judge Haralson always grants joint parenting/joint custody in the temporary orders that control until trial. He says, incorrectly, that the statute requires him to do so. However, the statute allows a judge to deny joint custody.

The statute provides that a court's decision about joint parenting is discretionary! That means that if we can show good reason why one parent should have primary custody, then the court does not have to grant joint custody -- in fact, the court should not grant joint custody. The standard is what's best for the children --the standard is not what's easiest for the court!

This doesn't matter to Judge Haralson -- he is either too lazy to listen to the evidence or he misunderstands the law. Neither is good for litigants.