Hon. Jonathon Lack See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Thurston County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.5 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 5 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. Jonathon Lack


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Other

Comment #: WA1165
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Jonathon Lack should be removed from the bench. He is prejudice against pro-se, racist, bias and sexist. He doesn't care about parents and children lives. He always takes the abusers side.

Other

Comment #: WA1150
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Not a real Judge, only a commissioner. Violates the law to suit his own whims at the expense of mothers and children. Rates a ZERO. Is a public hazard and is a liability for the State of Washington.

Litigant

Comment #: WA1097
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Has a calm and even temperament perfectly suited to his job

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA1088
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Eratic and scattered at times. Does not prepare for his docket. Tries to cover by being friendly. Highly skilled at driving a case to the outcome he wants. Dangerously biased.

Litigant

Comment #: WA1014
Rating:7.0
Comments:
I have had some issues with this Commissioner in the past. But last week I found some renewed respect for him. He granted me a protection order and I am grateful for that.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA1001
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Some judges are oblivious to the fact that some people will make false accusations to get custody. I was forced with trying to prove a negative, that I wasn't abusive. I've never hurt anyone in my life. I've never been charged with a crime, ever in my life. She has been arrested and convicted for dv against me in the past. I had multiple witnesses saying the allegations were most likely false based on how they judged our character, even said it sounded backwards from everything they witnessed between us. Regardless, Lack gave her full custody. I have been fighting for time with my two year old daughter that I raised, while she worked. I went to night classes and lived on disability and the GI Bill. She went back to work after one and a half months off, and I stayed home 14 hours a day taking care of my daughter for a year and a half. She still works like this while I am in school, and our daughter now just spends endless hours at daycare. This can't possibly be in her best interest. I use to think this sort of thing didn't happen in court and some form of justice was possible in these sort of cases. Not even close. I couldn't have been more wrong. I hope someday judges in family Court will be much more attentive to dishing out protection orders and look at the motive the person has for getting it in the first place. My life is basically ruined because a women with a history of domestic violence gamed the court. I'm in a world of financial hurt, but all I really care about is spending time with my daughter. I hope this judge will eventually see the type of person she really is, manipulative and willing to say and do anything to get custody. All I can say to guys is, document anything and everything if your relationship starts to go south. You are at an incredible disadvantage with this court system. Google, Thurston county paintings discrimination lawsuit. The county has lost cases of gender discrimination in the past. This makes me so sad for all the good dad's out there. Keep fighting, eventually, even if it is when your kids grow up, they will be able to make their own opinion. Because of how easily she did this, I really doubt it is an isolated incident. Who knows, maybe in 2016 when my case is done. The WA state judicial board of ethics might bring up another discrimination lawsuit...

Prosecutor

Comment #: WA995
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Some people want justice and the rule of law. Neither will be applied in his court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA990
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Criticism of this judicial officer seems to be unfairly harsh. He is a very bright, compassionate and hard-working commissioner. He is excellent in many respects. I think his problem is certain types of litigants expect a certain inherent favoritism, and he is completely neutral. Some people don't want neutral.

Litigant

Comment #: WA949
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Very refreshing to be given ample time to state my case without interruption. Commissioner Lack gave both me and my ex productive suggestions on how to co parent; his thoughts were directed evenly between us both and I believe were out of genuine concern for our child. If it is possible to be completely impartial, I think commissioner Lack strives to come as close to this ideal as possible.

Prosecutor

Comment #: WA938
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have watch Lack numerous times in court. The question I have is how did he ever get to be a commissioner. He makes off handed remarks that has nothing to do with the case and makes judgements based on his opinions and not the law. I agree with the opinion below that if he came from Hawaii then hopefully we can send him back. Thurston's court system is a out of control wreck that is hurting not only the trust poeple place in the judicial systems but people lives.

Other

Comment #: WA918
Rating:8.0
Comments:
I didn't get everything I asked for but at least he told me why, I feel like he was fair and overall the family court experience wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Litigant

Comment #: WA881
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Not vindictive like Indu Thomas, but clearly out of his depth and marking time. Question re both - how much did they pay, or 'donate' to acquire their seat in a judicial area requiring utmost sensitivity, competence, integrity and discretion.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA859
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This commissioner needs to read and then apply the law when it comes DV orders of protection. When it comes to legitimate claims of DV, as a society, we want courts to err on the side of caution to protect victims of alleged violence. However, to ensure that there is a modicum of protection for the rights of respondents who may themselves be victims of wrongful and vindictive allegations of DV, commissioners and judges should not throw out the statute with the bath water. Fear of imminent physical harm is considerably different than just "fear." Also, this commissioner needs to determine whether a DV program is state-certified based on the evidence presented rather than cavalierly declaring that the claimed DV program is not certified based upon his opinion that it is not, when in fact it is. This would save the parties a considerable amount in attorneys fees for a motion to revise or in an appeal.

Other

Comment #: WA798
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Up until 9-24 14 I questioned the ability of this person. After what he did for Patrick Rawnsley in a DVPO hearing in favor of his sociopath client I say this guy needs to go back to HI or grow a set of balls. I am so sick of him saying to lawyers "What do you want me to do to make you both happy". Its not his job to make some party happy. ITS HIS JOB TO FOLLOW THE LAW