Hon. Joseph N. Laplante (Chief Judge) See Rating Details
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Average Rating:8.2 - 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. Joseph N. Laplante (Chief Judge)



Comment #: 21546
I was recently a character witness at a trial in Judge LaPlante's court. I was taken by this judge's patience, his humane treatment of everyone (defendant, witnesses, lawyers) in his courtroom, his meticulous approach to the process and his lack of ego. Judge Joseph LaPlante is, in my view, "one of the ones."

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20263
Joe LaPlante is a young , former AUSA and state Assistant AG. He is very sharp, has good common sense, and tries his best to be even handed in every type of case he handles. His youth cuts both ways. He is not burnt out, so he will stop at nothing to uncover the answers. Yet his lack of life experience sometimes leads him astray. Good man of conscience and a legal scholar. Don't be fooled by his criminal prosecution only history. His is much more flexible and astute than you'd expect.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20182
Very hard working. Tries to do the right thing.


Comment #: 10098
This is a man with the prosecutorial mindset that no police officer can do no wrong. He either doesn't know the constitution or doesn't respect it when it comes to equal protection of the law on complaints of civil and constitutional rights abuses by the government.


Comment #: 9646
Approached my civil case with an obvious bias for the corporate defense. Did not even address arguments we presented, and "researched" and presented arguments for the defense that their highly paid, high powered defense did not even present, because they we off point. Threatened us and our lawyer with sanctions to get us drop the case - which kept his record of appealed rulings clear. this judge seems to care more about his record and an empty courtroom than he does about allowing the wheels of justice to turn.