Hon. Catherine D. Shaffer See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
King County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Catherine D. Shaffer


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA702
Rating:3.6
Comments:
She is truly another example of a judge in over her head. The need to avoid complex matters and to simply process data is about all that this judge is capable of. When a judge is appointed, they should serve a minimum term, step down, and then run for the position after a year's sabbatical to learn the law again.

All of the comments here are quite accurate.

Other

Comment #: WA681
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is rude, biased, unprofessional, arrogant, etc.

Other

Comment #: WA389
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The judge is biased, lacks objectivity, and accountability to public. She has no respect or consideration for public safety. A couple of burglars attempted to enter our home while my wife was at home and police caught the with the bar they broke our window. Judge let them go because my wife did not see the burglar's hand while they were breaking the window even though my wife heard and saw both burglars breaking our window. My advice to burglars wear gloves that are different than your skin color before breaking into a home, if you get caught arrange to be tried by judge Shaffer thru an attorney. I will guarantee that you will be acquitted. What a stellar distribution of American Justice, God Bless Criminal's rights, Heck with the victims.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA371
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Should be removed from the bench. Have not seen as poor a judge in 40 years of trial practice. Unable or unwilling to apply basic legal principles.

Other

Comment #: WA312
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one to find this woman off her rocker. Normally I don't take the time to write a review but this woman is so far off that I will make every attempt to see that she is not re-elected. She abuses her power, she sues people when she's in the wrong and blatantly abuses her power, threatening innocent people with the fact that she is a judge. WE ELECT YOU, get real! If wasn't in the middle of a case with her I would go into more detail but I will definitely expose this woman when the case is settled. She chased me down a hallway threatening me with felony charges because I politely told her I could not speak with her directly. I don't see how she can charge me with a felony when she doesn't even know who I am! She embarrassed me and herself in front of security guards and other court officials. I was simply there representing myself. She has a few screws loose for sure. Avoid this woman at all costs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA87
Rating:2.8
Comments:
She does not understand, or refuses to understand, basic legal concepts. She does not read briefing materials closely. She is biased in a way that is very puzzling. Stubborn, arrogant, inflexible.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA80
Rating:2.3
Comments:
My client left court knowing that this judge was biased against him, and by association his attorney. I have never seen such raving bias and animosity toward a defendant and defense counsel. Shocking. Unprofessional. Small.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA58
Rating:4.3
Comments:
Offensive personality - makes up her mind quickly and it cannot be changed. Does not listen.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA26
Rating:8.5
Comments:
Judge Shaffer is a very good judge who will get better with more experience.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA5
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Judge Shaffer is an outstanding judge for civil litigation. She was very well prepared, had read the materials and the cases and was very even-handed. She is also very active in access to justice issues. An outstanding trial judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA2
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Catherine Shaffer is an excellent judge for civil litigation. She is always prepared for motions, reads everything and makes clear and evenhanded decisions. She is not afraid to grant summary judgment, and she will award terms when appropriate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA1
Rating:3.6
Comments:
I found Judge Shaffer to be unreasonable, arrogant and biased.