Hon. Susan J. Craighead See Rating Details
Presiding Judge
Superior Court
King County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Susan J. Craighead


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.