Hon. Margaret Ellen Barnes See Rating Details
District Court
Denton County
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* 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: TX306
I agree with Comment #TX305. I'm not sure if this judge is pro-woman or anti-man, but she's definitely biased. In our case, the man had all the evidence in his favor, and she still sided with the woman and made several attempts to justify her decision, none of which were based on the law, only her personal definition of "fairness."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: TX305
Be prepared when it comes to a child support case and you are a man and self-employed. She has (and will use) one quarter of your yearly self-employment income to base your child support payments on, when supporting documents proving that no tax, overhead, or payroll have been deducted. She does not abide by the 20% that the state of Texas provides for with one child. I know of two cases where she gave her final decision in which the man's income was hit at over 45%, creating hardship and financial implications for the parties involved.