Hon. John D. Bates See Rating Details
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Average Rating:7.3 - 10 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. John D. Bates


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21304
This judge is extremely engaged at hearings, well-prepared, and cares about following the law. He would make a tremendous appellate judge if promoted.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13579
John Bates treated a habeas application regarding an illegal detention as one attacking a state court judgment. The person was being held without a case, he had not been prosecuted or convicted, Bates' action allowed for the detention to drag on for months and then he dismissed the application as "moot" after three months, claiming the man had been released when in fact he was still being held.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 10124
Wonderful temperment, very smart, and very prepared. Pro-government. A pleasure in the courtroom- however, sometimes he makes a statement from the bench and then issues a written opinion that is total opposite of his in court statements. A few lawyers have experienced this so an otherwise great judge is losing some credibility with the trial bar. Maybe he needs to scale back on his proclamations in the courtroom or get a hold of his clerks when they fire off a written opinion.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9539
Wow -- he's intelligent. Know your stuff. Great judicial temperment. A genuine pleasure to be before him. He raises the bar.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5916
Button-down, no-nonsense judge who is well prepared and smart. It is a pleasure to appear in his court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5274
Judge Bates is fantastic and one of the smartest judges that I have ever encountered. He works hard, is even-handed, and cares about being a good judge. Counsel and parties are treated with respect. No matter what side you are on you get a fair shake from a judge who has the brain wattage to make an intelligent and equitable decision.