Hon. Tracy G. Waggoner See Rating Details
Commissioner
Superior Court
Snohomish County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.3 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 2 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. Tracy G. Waggoner


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Litigant

Comment #: WA643
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge came across as petty, lazy and full of herself. She has a well-earned reputation for putting children in harm's way and coddling abusers. I now know why the local attorneys and domestic violence advocates shudder when her name is mentioned. A snotty teenage girl would have likely demonstrated more professionalism than I witnessed in this woman.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA642
Rating:1.1
Comments:
I went in front of her seeking protection for me and my children from a person with paranoid schizophrenia. First, let me say that her 30-minute bathroom break during open court was ridiculous. Then she proceeded to ask me what help I had given to this person for their illness. Really? First off, why did I, not a lawyer, have to tell her the law. Does she really not know basic procedures for mental health? Second, if I'm feeling threatened and I feel my children are being put in harm's way, why would I go out of my way? Really. I showed her all the e-mails and she literally looked up and rolled her eyes at me. What a sorry excuse for a judge. She shouldn't be schooled at law by a high school dropout. At minimum have basic respect for people.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA604
Rating:2.1
Comments:
We went to court before this judge for a relatively simple civil motion in a foreclosure case. We had complied with the notice requirements and filed a declaration of service. She decided that there was a prior order requiring notice to other parties, but there was only a default order and a default judgment. Her ruling was not in accordance with the law, and it is clear she did not review the court file, but instead got my case confused with another case. Her attitude and refusal to hear what I had to say were shocking. Snohomish County judicial officers have a well-deserved negative reputation, based on my experiences appearing before them.

Other

Comment #: WA577
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge made me sick with how little respect she showed for the two parties involved in a custody dispute. She didn't even know who the child's primary custodian was and argued with the attorney of the primary parent. Only until she realized she might be wrong, did she close her mouth. Then she stalled, and repeated herself before finally saying that all she could do was follow the recommendations of the child's therapist. She made a fool of herself after lecturing the parents about things she hadn't even read. She did not do her job and has way too much power in decisions like this to not do her homework.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA532
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I've recently started handling a few civil matters in Snohomish County. The repuation of the Snohomish County judiciary as being extremely biased in favor of local attorneys is well deserved. This commissioner appears to have no understanding of the law.

Litigant

Comment #: WA513
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Found this link of craigslist. Great way to let the public know about the judges. I felt I was unfairly treated and that she was not adequately prepared. Yes, I lost and I'm upset, but I think I'd feel better if she was prepared.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA512
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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 #: WA509
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She's horrible. It's too bad she has immunity, if she didn't, I'm sure she'd have been sued and removed by now. I've Witnessed the most bizarre and as far as I'm concerned, criminal behavior that any "judge" has ever handed down to families. She's responsible for much sadness, pain and future public burden.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA483
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I'm one of the attorneys referred to in other commentaries as "one of the good ole boys." I don't appear in ex-parte too often as it is much easier to get an Order signed in chambers by one of my judge friends. That being said, we haven't had a good Commissioner appointment in the past 15 years. Tracy is a good example of a system gone wrong, and no way to remedy this wrong. These appointments are akin to a lifetime federal appointment. The only difference is the federal judges have earned the right to be arrogant and confident. Tracy has neither the intellectual capability nor the temperament to be an honored member of the bench. With Arden winding down, both in age and abilities, we will be down to only one "above average" Commissioner. I think we all know who that is. I'm glad to have located this website and I will advise my collegues so that we can get more candid comments here to assist the pro se litigant, and newer members of the Snohomish County Bar. We can turn around the reputation of our county's judiciary.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA481
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I wish I'd ready these postings before going in front of her. She is a joke. I'm glad I'm not an attorney as she spoke down to the attorneys in both cases that were before mine. Her tone was "well counsel, if you'd have advised me . . ." I'm just a mother representing myself, but why do the attorneys put up with her?

Other

Comment #: WA416
Rating:3.0
Comments:
It's obvious Waggoner follows the trail of the Prosecutor. Her friendlyness to the Prosecutors, and shortness with defense attorney's is so obvious. Bias, without question. Like all Commissioners, she should be forced to become a judge, where the people can vote for you, or step down as a commissioner - she has been there way too long!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA276
Rating:2.2
Comments:
She is a big zero. A lot of perfectly good oxygen is wasted when you argue to her. Why is it that the male commissioners are so much better than the female ones?