Hon. John L. Hall See Rating Details
Common Pleas
Chester 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)

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What others have said about Hon. John L. Hall


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: PA188
If you plan to go before Judge John Hall, you had better have enough money for a good lawyer AND a huge bribe. That is the ONLY was his courtroom works in your favor. The lawyers all know it.

I know someone who had an estate opened in his probate court WITHOUT a death certificate! That would be impossible to do in PA unless the judge was getting a kickback.
Judge Hall is not very bright, but he is very "slick". He does not, really, know the law, but it doesn't matter, anyway.
Guess that is why his palms are so greasy.... What a disgrace!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: PA149
This judge is unyielding, does not correctly apply the law, does not consider credible evidence, but allows irrelevant evidence and does nothing to make sure trial is orderly or fair.He is obviously influenced in his decisions by outside influences, and issues insulting rulings that cite non-precedential cases no one cares about but him. Does nothing to spped things up - cases drag on while clients incur bills for absolutely nothing. Also has ex-parte or improper communications with other judges and/or lawyers regarding cases before him. Extremely arrogant and obnooxious in his courtroom demeanor, too. The best outcomes are forlocal lawyers who contributed to his campaign/election. Perfect example as to why PA judges should be chosen on merit - not by voters who have no idea who they are choosing.