Hon. B. Janice Ellington See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
Average Rating:8.0 - 5 rating(s)
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*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=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
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What others have said about Hon. B. Janice Ellington


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21504
She is good on criminal cases, but absolutely clueless on civil cases and the mediation process. She is nice, but leans toward the U.S. Attorney because of her past service. As far as the magistrates go, she is nice and grandmotherly. They axed her former co-magistrate Owsley for being a wiseguy with prosecutors, crossing Judge "Red Queen" Jack and other infractions such as making government agents wait on warrants that had been up 30-plus hours. He brought it on himself.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21252
This is one of the very best. She is smart and considerate. She is one of the top judges that I have appeared before, over the course of almost forty years of litigation.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 11946
I have very mixed feeling about Judge Ellington. She is extraordinarily inclined to indulge plaintiffs in flights of legal fancy that far exceed the scope of the underlying claims and her territorial jurisdiction. This results in fairly simple cases turning into boondoggles, epic in size and time. On the other hand, she is quite evenhanded once you finally get to summary judgment and trial. Her scholarship is also quite thorough and clearly expressed. The best aspect of Judge Ellington is that she rules very quickly, oftentimes obviating the need of the nonmoving party to file a response.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1523
courteous but firm