Hon. Richard Mills See Rating Details
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Average Rating:8.1 - 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)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Richard Mills



Comment #: 11848
Judge Mills ruled my Habeas Writ moot because I was no longer in custody citing Melang v. Cook after I had to exhaust state remedies. Sibron v. New York on point with case at bar. I was at the time had pending sentencing issues, mainly being denied right to a direct appeal. Four years after, state court judge ruled I was denied right to appeal through ineffective assistance of counsel.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4904
I tried a case before Judge Mills earlier this year. Initially, I thought that many of his trial procedures were counter productive and basically violated Seventh Circuit case law. For example, the judge will not permit contemporaneous objections at trial. Instead, he rerquires that objections be placed on the record at the end of the day. That clearly flies in the face of numerous 7th Circuit cases, but he must figure "who is going to appeal?" In the end, however, his rules forced the parties to be thoughtful and cooperative during trial (or at least that was my experience) and he does NOT waste trial days, which is always a good thing. Overall, he is no worse than several N.D. Illinois judges who are just plain bad, dumb or both.


Comment #: 4463
An ill-tempered loon who ignores the law. Very idiosyncratic, and very big into redundancy (i.e demands the same thing over and over again).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3770
Solid judge who does what he thinks is right (sometimes even if the law may dictate another result). Judge Mills lets you try your case.