Hon. Carolyn Ostby See Rating Details
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Average Rating:9.9 - 4 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. Carolyn Ostby


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9870
Judge Ostby is the finest judge on the federal bench in Montana. She is smart, polite, and extraordinarily capable whether it's as a trial judge, on motions or as a settlement judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6463
Judge Ostby is a fair, intelligent woman who makes good decisions according to the law. She is a model for what the other federal judges of this state should be. She exercises power without being on a power-trip, she is courteous to counsel without being patronizing or pretentious, and she is fair without being weak or -- conversely -- harsh or unreasonable.


Comment #: 5043
The Honorable Carolyn Ostby was very inflexible with scheduling, but upheld the Constitution set forth by our founding fathers with dignity and respect.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2745
Judge Ostby is one of the best judges that I have ever practiced before. She is smart, she knows the law and she has alot of common-sense. She challenges counsel without being condescending. As a criminal defense lawyer, I lose alot of bail hearings in front of her. But, it always seems to me that her rulings (whether or not I like the outcome) are correct given the applicable law and facts. She is a fantastic judge. If we are lucky, she will someday ascend to the district court or circuit court bench.