Hon. Dave Edwards See Rating Details
Superior Court
Grays Harbor 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)

What others have said about Hon. Dave Edwards


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA1434
Judge Edwards is temperamental, set in his ways, and unwilling to listen to alternative points of view. he also takes certain types of litigation personally, including motions for revision from erroneous commissioner's rulings. There is a general procedural sloppiness in the handling and general administration of the courts in Grays Harbor and much of that can be attributed to Judge Edwards unwillingness as the presiding judge to address the systemic problems within a number of the Court's practices which can be erratic and unpredictable in ways that often lead to unjust outcomes. He is also often capricious in his rulings and resists requests for written findings preferring to rely on counsel to draft even complex orders for him.

Out of County attorneys should be prepared to be hometowned if they are opposed by a member of the local bar who appears in front of judge edwards regularly.

He also responds negatively to oral motions and has a reputation for treating women who do not meet his standards of feminine propriety harshly. By contrast, he can occasionally be quite protective of female litigants who do fit his personal expectations for female decorum, whatever those might be.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA1361
Besides Godfrey, Edwards is the worst judge I have ever had the unfortunate experience to be before. He is completely prejudicial and has his own agenda. He needs to be removed from the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA1087
Where to begin. Incompetent. Nasty.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: WA650
This judge holds court between large painted murals of angels chastising sinners and rewarding the devout. Apparently he believes that he is the hand of God on earth. He would have been right at home presiding over the witchcraft trials in Salem, but he probably would have issued stiffer sentences than Judge Hathorne. Wear a brown shirt and practice the Hitlergru├č, and you'll make out all right in his court.