Hon. Howard R. Haralson See Rating Details
Special Judge
Oklahoma County
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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



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.