Hon. Jaclanel McFarland See Rating Details
District Court
Harris County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.5 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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. Jaclanel McFarland


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: TX853
This judge is very fair, and if she makes an incorrect ruling she is willing to change it. She’s worked very hard in my cases and had a discovery hearing every two weeks. She is bright and was never unprepared

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: TX669
This is the least knowledgeable and least prepared judge I have seen in my entire career. So many whacky rulings. She brings shame to the entire judiciary and our profession

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: TX667
Jaclanel McFarland is the worst judge I've ever been in front of. She has a bias towards her friends and when they are in her court, she will allow them to abuse the discovery process, allow them to make misrepresentations about the facts, and she will make blatantly improper rulings that benefit her friends. Judges like McFarland are the reason our judicial system sometimes fails and has such a horrible representation.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: TX491
Disgrace to the bench. The laziest most unprepared state judge bar none. Even tempered, always with a smile. Always wrong about the law and too ignorant to know it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: TX323
This judge is often wrong but never uncertain that she is right. She knows a lot, but everything she knows is wrong. Also, overreaches her authority and fails to read the law; cares nothing about the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: TX317
This judge is incompetent, sleeps during trials, and makes judgments before listening to the case. She never reads motions, and always rules in favor of plaintiffs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: TX45
This judge is a great judge! She lets both sides try their case in court. She is efficient with pretrial matters. She has a great temperament and is not full of herself like some judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: TX6
This judge is completely biased towards the plaintffs -- and admits it. A defendant's first motion should be a motion to recuse. Do not try a case with this judge.