Hon. Mary E. Roberts See Rating Details
Superior Court
King County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.8 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 1 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. Mary E. Roberts


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA1477
Rating:Not Rated
Her ability to reason in complex cases is questionable. The more complex the case is the greater your challenge is to a quality finding. Her bias's are also unfortunately discernible.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA1462
AWFUL. One of the worst I’ve seen in approx. 20 years of private criminal defense practice. She lacked even a basic understanding of criminal law and lacked appropriate judicial demeanor. She kept referencing her Mercer Island background — frankly, she acted like a self-righteous snob. She was obviously rude to defense counsel and the Defendant. She didn’t read any of the briefing provided to her — she acted like she couldn’t be bothered to work. Just lazy. After trial, the jury noticed how rude she was to the defense team and commented about it (out of earshot of the Judge, of course). She is an embarrassment to our court system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA1299
Mary Roberts in my case did not listen through out the whole case. She appeared to be emailing on her computer. I made multiple attempts to make eye contact. I had a prenup that she up held but the committed intimate relationship after being engaged was not taken into account. She didn't go by state law..she went solely on her opinion. She is lazy didn't do her job. Made everyone wait for her ruling due to leaving her notes on her desk at home. She is completely incompetent and she will be reported to the commissioner. She left me destitute. Fine pre nup was up held but not to look at the evidence and history of the marriage is completely and utterly disgusting. To make matter worse the divorce would have never happened if it had not been for my husbands son being accused my my daughter of raping her since she was a little girl. Roberts did not care abt that and yes I know as far as divorce it is a no fault state but this is beyond heartless. Hope she can sleep at night and look at herself in the mirror knowing the harm she has put to my family and myself.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA866
This Judge lacks legal knowledge and common sense and has a bias. She makes a decision based on her impression and litigant's statements that are not supported by the facts or an expert opinion. I don't believe she even reviews the court documents, even she "reviewed everything." She is there to increase litigants' legal fees and collect her own paychecks.


Comment #: WA448
Rubber stamps anything the prosecutor says unless there is a private attorney representing the client. Public defenders get short shrift. Sentences based on color and public perception of racial mix or economics in case of white defendants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA190
Reads mainly the briefs, too lazy to read anything else. Lacks any legal knowledge of the law or interest in learning. Touchy. Just collecting a paycheck.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA148
This woman should not be on the bench!!
Bad does not describe her adequately.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA60
Terrible, terrible judge. Steers a case and has a nasty personality. Truly at the bottom of the barrel in King County
Superior Court judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA25
She is a fake judge. She pretends to be prepared and says she has read everything but has not.