Hon. Maxine M. Chesney See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
N.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:3.1 - 4 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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%)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8719
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Cannot make up her mind and stick to it. Seems to have trouble understanding written arguments and can't make decisions (always a great trait for a judge). Far too swayed -- even intimidated -- by glib arguments from polished big firm lawyers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7874
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Courteous to counsel. She gives too much leeway in delays but is fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5469
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Not an impressive judge. Has great difficulty with complex issues and does not seem to spend the time needed to review the cases and grasp what is before her. Good sense of humor, but very snappy and impatient with attorneys, very mercurial and sometimes petulant. Even temperament in front of a jury, but otherwise can be downright unpleasant. Unpredictable, changes her mind, mostly because does not seem to pay as much attention as she should to briefs when they are presented before her. Can also be very biased, favors the large law firms and the establishment, and can be unsympathetic to the point of unfair with individuals.