Hon. Gary L. Johnson See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Nicholas County
28th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.7 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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. Gary L. Johnson



Comment #: WV201
This Judge is very vindictive and has lids severe grudges against people that "dare" to disagree with him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WV200
Was absolutely never on time for court. Many times not showing up until linch time, then taking an hour and half lunch


Comment #: WV198
Rating:Not Rated
This judge has a bad temper, never on time & the worst most unfair in all aspects of his job. He needs to leave

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WV168
He has served our circuit with integrity for 24 years; he is highly intelligent and shows that he justly deserved to be Editor of the Law Review and Order of the Coif in law school. We are blessed to have such a fair minded, well-reasoned, well-educated judge who is truly concerned about all who appear before him, in particular children in abuse and neglect cases, for which he has been honored nationally.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WV167
Judge Johnson is one of the best circuit court judges in West Virginia. His knowledge of the law is impressive and his common sense approach to cases enables him to cut out extraneous matters to reach the heart of a case. Judge Johnson is a fair and impartial jurist. Judge Johnson also has been a strong advocate for children and their safety, having dealt with many child abuse and neglect cases while serving on the bench. His efforts in this regard have been recognized with awards and he has been named an "Angel in Adoption" by the US Congress.


Comment #: WV166
Impartial. Intelligent. Obedient to law as it exists and not as he would like it. Focused on protection of children. Expects attorneys to be prepared which angers some attorneys who are not prepared.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: WV165
Fair and impartial. A man of integrity.


Comment #: WV164
Rating:Not Rated
He works hard for the children of Nicholas County.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WV65
I believe quite likely the worst Judge on a WV Bench.