Hon. Patrick J. Walsh See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
Average Rating:6.9 - 3 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. Patrick J. Walsh


Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 22578
Lazy and biased, and of below-average intelligence. Walsh will not read the parties papers carefully, and often comes to the hearing without a clear understanding of what the case is about (sometimes he doesn't even appear to know what the issues are that he is called upon to decide). In civil discovery matters, he will give the plaintiff everything he asks for, will repeatedly interrupt defense counsel during argument (even when defense counsel is attempting to respond to his questions), but does not give the same treatment to plaintiff's counsel - he will allow plaintiff's counsel to speak at length without interruption. His pro-plaintiff bias is typical of the Central District, but his refusal (or inability?) to understand the cases in front of him sets him apart from other magistrates and district judges, who will normally at least make an effort to provide sound reasoning for their decisions. Like most people of below-average intelligence, he is very defensive. After he gives a tentative decision (which, in civil discovery matters, is virtually always against the defense), he invites argument from the affected party, but will repeatedly interrupt the argument and not permit the party to make a proper record.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4542
Judge Walsh is a superb Judge and a credit to the bench. He has a deep understanding of both criminal and civil issues, and struggles to reach the right decision in every case. He also recognizes that the attorneys appearing before him are people too, and is a very humanistic judicial officer.