Hon. Thomas J. Rastetter See Rating Details
Circuit Court Judge
Circuit Court
Clackamas County
Judicial District 5
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.7 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Thomas J. Rastetter



Comment #: OR360
I agree with everybody else that this Judge really doesn't listen to testimony and runs out of the courtroom after his decision. He doesn't honor the wishes of the deceased, Wills, or legal paperwork. Obvious favoritism to some. Really unfair and unfortunate if you have legal matters occurring in Clackamas county. Arrogant, menacing and truly doesn't follow the Rule of Law, because he can.


Comment #: OR281
I agree with commenter OR277 below: I feel this judge had decided what he was going to rule before he walked through the door. Justice was not served because he didn't even bother to hear the whole case before abruptly making a ruling (He looked bored for the duration of the trial.) that made no sense in favor of the plaintiff.


Comment #: OR277
Had made his ruling before entering the court room, the will was NOT applied according to law ORS227.13 the will is the controlling force (ignored by him), the will made my sister the PR, he appointed a lawyer instead, violating the "will' and the "law", He ran out of the court room, showing disrespect for the case, and not following ORCP.


Comment #: OR183
Rating:Not Rated
Did not rule by law. The defendant proved her case without a shadow of a doubt but he ruled in favor of the plaintiff, an unscrupulous collection agency known for flouting the law. The plaintiff's representative seemed uninterested in the proceedings and it was obviously just a perfunctory trial as the collection agency knew it did not have to do anything to win the case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: OR32
Judge Rastetter acted as a settlement judge in an extremely acrimonious civil case. He was creative, and worked extremely hard to come up with a settlement that worked for everyone. A great judge.