Hon. Susan J. Craighead See Rating Details
Presiding Judge
Superior Court
King County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.5 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Susan J. Craighead



Comment #: WA933
Judge Craighead is fair. I won't go into details because this was a criminal matter, but suffice it to say I could have faced much stiffer penalties than I otherwise did.

She was very hard on my wife when my wife asked to make a statement on my behalf, I actually think that is what ended up getting me sentenced to 4 months in KCJ and not sent home right there. She didn't like what my wife had to say. But all in all she weighed the entire situation and ruled fairly.


Comment #: WA823
Stupid. I watched this Judge Craighead in several cases. Wherever there was a powerful entity, such as a bank versus a little person, in one case they were a black man, in another case it was an insurance company and it was a white woman, the big guys win automatically with this judge, and evidence mattered not at all. In fact, one party showed the insurance company had forged a document, where it had been signed, when the litigant’s attorney proved that they had been out of the usa. That evidence just pissed Craighead off, and she began to sort of growl for the rest of the hearing. Another case where to big medical insurance companies litigating over which had more/less of responsibility covered medical costs of certain types of people that had dual coverage. Both insurance companies were smart to send in ONLY female legal teams (Craighead is very strongly anti men biased), and each team had two lawyers, to show they were giving plenty of work to these female lawyers. Craighead finally, in an almost rage of confusion, pronounced that she could not understand the case. The litigants tried multiple times to explain the issues to Craighead. Finally she pronounced she would have to review this outsie of court. Which meant she had to take it to another judge, and let them tell her what to do.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA694
She handled a very complex landlord-tenant dispute. She seemed to understand the legal issues. She declined to rule on most of the issues prior to trial, which created much more work for all parties. (Both parties should have been able to narrow the issues through their respective motions for summary judgment). But, all in all, she handled it fairly.


Comment #: WA459
Judge Craighead took almost 3 months to decide a summary judgment motion. The matters were complex and she clearly didn't get it! When she finally ruled, she simply signed the moving party's motion, a deficeint order in and of itself, with no explanation.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA261
Judge Craighead has no civil trial background and it shows. She is smart. But she cannot handle a courtroom and has no understanding about civil discovery. This is not sour grapes. She is bad.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA230
Judge Craighead presided over a difficult and very emotional family law trial last year. Her preparation was thorough; she treated everyone in her courtroom with respect and was very sharp on both the law and evidence. She gave her ruling promptly and compassionately. I was extremely impressed by her in all respects.