Hon. Dawson Engle See Rating Details
Special Judge
Pottawatomie County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.9 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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. Dawson Engle


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: OK1519
Terrible in civil court gives children to drug addict, thieving, vindictive mothers with all proof against the mothers. Very bias! Rude! Has no patience an belittle good parents when evidence of bad ones. Scheduling is far behind. Temperament is like he doesn't want to be in the court room. Tears children's lives apart by putting them with the wrong parents.


Comment #: OK1461
Very fair.. Knows the law! Didn't put up with drama.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: OK1396
needs to look beyond the issues to see what is just and right, overly deferential to name brand attorneys without being a courageous decision maker. Afraid of DHS, unwilling to take controversial cases and do the right thing. Very disappointed...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: OK1392
Very fair, doesn't tolerate stupidity in his court. Knows the law well


Comment #: OK1138
This judge stayed until seven o'clock on a Friday night to get my case done. He listened to both sides. However, he needs to allow more bathroom breaks.


Comment #: OK1098
Judge Dawson Engle Obviously did not want to be in court on 3 Apr 2013. His demeanor was very rude and he seemed to see himself superior to all who were present in his Courtroom. This man needs to find some manners. As far as the case itself he seemed more concerned about making individuals feel like they were beneath him rather than actually listening to the case before him. He was more concerned about how the information was presented than the actual facts themselves.
Shawnee needs to find a replacement for this arrogant man, one that will actually listen to the case in front of him and not hold himself above the rest of the City.


Comment #: OK1009
This judge obviously did not want to be in traffic court today. He used his position as judge to berate and dehumanize young and old over traffic violation pleas.
A "bully" in the court. A bully that we as taxpayers are strapped with the burden of having to put up with? This guy needs a manners class. Get rid of him for a human being please.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: OK775
Good judge. A little tough and very no nosense but very knowledgeable and always explains his rulings