Hon. Sarah A. L. Merriam See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
Average Rating:5.7 - 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. Sarah A. L. Merriam


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25391
Mediated a case with her. Big mistake. She had no interest in trying to persuade the parties. She failed to convey an important term to the other side. She was impatient and defensive with counsel and the process. At one point she lost her temper and insulted both counsel. Not a competent mediator.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24143
Outstanding addition to the Connecticut bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 24061
A stunningly confusing recent appointment. Terrible temperament, very combative, condescending. I've checked with four lawyers who have appeared before her and who knew her earlier in her carrier. Unanimity that she is imperious, ill tempered, arrogant and should never be reappointed or elevated. A terrible, disappointed appointment in 2015. Apparently sponsored by Judge Thompson, her mentor.