Hon. J. Michael Bitney See Rating Details
Circuit Court Judge
Circuit Court
Barron County
Tenth Circuit
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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)

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WI371
He once was a Washburn County Lead Prosecutor, and still carries that mindset with him (i.e. if you got served or sued, you're probably guilty) and he is very pro-Plaintiff. He hates non-lawyers, and thinks he is MUCH higher and more important than other people who enter "HIS" courtroom. There is certainly no impartiality here, you can be assured.


Comment #: WI328
I was in court as the respondent. the judge asked the petitioner for a case file #. The petitioner did not have the # and said so a couple of times. I raised my hand and the judge gave me a nod. I proceeded to give him the case# he had requested. After he wrote the # down he proceeded to yell at me for interrupting him stating if he wanted me to speak he would ask me too. The petitioner made two outbursts later on during my testimony. He responded by telling her to calm down because he was on her side. I am not sure but I think this would be a sign of bias. If he continues to fill this position I am afraid that he is going to cost Barron county tax payers far more than he is worth. It is just my opinion but I say he is corrupt and has an agenda. We will just have to wait and see.