Hon. John L. Collins See Rating Details
Circuit Court Judge
Circuit Court
Yamhill County
Judicial District 25
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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. John L. Collins


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: OR211
I used to appear in front of Judge Collins regularly for more than 10 years, but moved away from Oregon a bunch of years ago so my experience is not recent. Judge Collins is a nice guy, is usually friendly and calm and can often be totally fair and impartial. However, he definitely favors the prosecution over the defense on criminal cases, which is not surprising really since he used to be the DA of Yamhill County. However, in one serious criminal trial where he personally knew some of the state's witnesses (which he did not disclose until the trial was under way), he acted with complete partiality, animosity and bias toward me and my client in front of the jury to such a grave degree that, on retrial (after a hung jury), I had to confront and tell him that he needed to remove himself from the case or that I would file a Motion to Recuse him for bias. He did then remove himself from the case but then -- as presiding judge -- he appointed one of the most prosecution biased Judges in the entire State of Oregon to take over my case. Because I had no more affidavits of prejudice remaining, I could not get rid of this judge, even after I had 20 other defense lawyers tell me its malpractice to let this judge handle my case. Though I could not prove it, I was convinced that Judge Collins assigned this biased judge as payback for my confrontational approach. This other judge was from far, far away County and had never before stepped foot in Yamhill County to my knowledge (prior to my case). Judge Stone was a friend who I helped get elected but then, from what I heard, kind of became a mediocre judge. I had limited experiences with him as I left Oregon.