Hon. Janet Bond Arterton See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
D.Conn.  
Average Rating:5.2 - 17 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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Comments



What others have said about Hon. Janet Bond Arterton


Comments


Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 21642
Rating:2.0
Comments:
She's the worst judge ever! She doesn't read! She will never draw inferences for pro se litigants. If you are a pro se litigant, avoid her like the plague. She is terrible. She bases decisions on briefs filed years ago. She doesn't look at discovery evidence. She doesn't look at any evidence. She does not read. Be specific, precise and directly to the point with her. She's incompetent. She should be disbarred. Do not allow her to be involved in your case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12590
Rating:5.2
Comments:
Queen Elizabeth is actually the empress who wears no clothes. She sounds like a fair-minded, even-tempered, well-informed judge, but her actual approach is to pick sides and treat the side she does not pick with contempt.

Other

Comment #: 10257
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Manipulate the laws to appear impartial, however, would never allow a defendant against the U.S. to prevail by simply allowing the public defender to order a competency hearing at the most critical part of a trial proceedings and ordering a mistrial based on false testimony.in violation of due process of law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9904
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst kind of liberal activist. Very manipulative and scheming. If she's coming at you in a hallway or at a bar dinner, run the other way. The only time she's nice is when she wants something. A real user. Stay away. She's nothing but trouble.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9381
Rating:9.2
Comments:
A wonderfully fair, rule-oriented judge; she is intellectually curious, and not afraid to engage the larger issues of a case, but goes BY THE RULES!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8827
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Quite possibly the worst federal judge I've ever appeared before. Takes forever to decide even the simplest issues and is uniformly nasty to all litigants who appear before her. Not a great - or even good - legal scholar, she frequently issues equivocal rulings that fail to resolve central issues and advance the case to disposition. If she worked in the private sector she would be fired.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7790
Rating:7.7
Comments:
Respectful to attorneys and generally a pleasure to appear before. Average intelligence--not a legal scholar. Takes her forever to render decisions. She will sit on summary judgment motions for months, going on years.

She is one of the least decisive judges I've ever experienced. She will issue a ruling, then permit the parties to come back repeatedly to re-argue the same issues. She's even been known to reverse herself on her own without any prompting by the litigants.

While she may finally get a decision right after three or more tries (and that's questionable), the price everyone pays for her inability to get things right the first time is enormous.

Other

Comment #: 4773
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Thorough, intelligent, impartial and precise.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4702
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The mere fact that what appears to be her friends posting the identical back to back comments or even a debate based on "conservative" and "liberal" is itself evidence that she is not viewed as an ideologically impartial rule of law judge. Even her own friends acknowledge she is a "liberal". Otherwise, there wouldn't even be such a discussion. Judges perceived as impartial rule of law judges don't split the bar this way and have the confidence of both "sides". This is a judge a number of lawyers speak of wanting to avoid if they can. No judge should be spoken of in such terms.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4697
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Sounds like the other commenters have lost and not had their conservative results.
Arterton is fair, even and hits these big shot lawyers and their high income clients' where it hurts, the wallet!
That is why they bash her here.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3924
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This is a superb judge who is efficient, prepared and knows how to get things done. I imagine she doesn't tolerate fools or unprepared lawyers, but she does seem to reward those who follow the rules, are prepared and do not waste her time. A pleasure to be before her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3689
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Behind the Queen Elizabeth bearing is one calculating, manipulative woman. Perhaps because she's too old now to have her 2d Circuit ambitions realized, she's just gotten meaner and just does whatever the heck she wants. Plays favorites with lawyers, reputedly takes revenge on anyone who pisses her off and rules based on the outcome she wants - in a nutshell, a bad judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3677
Rating:4.3
Comments:
Rocket man meets his match in this chambers. Don't get in the way.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3142
Rating:3.1
Comments:
In civil cases, this is a plaintiffs' judge who will go out of her way to apply caselaw in their favor. If it's a cause not dear to her liberal mindset, even the most compelling evidence is ignored or sanitized to achieve the result she wants. Does not make up for it in personality either. Also brutally inflexible on scheduling and will keep lawyers late into the evening while she mulls far too long on simple matters - she needs to get a life.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1999
Rating:6.3
Comments:
Intelligent and highly capable judge but very impersonal and frosty - can be vindictive when she doesn't get her way - is overall fair judge but is gaining reputation as liberal activist - so conservatives and civil defense lawyers - try to stay away.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1024
Rating:6.8
Comments:
God forbid if you get an environmental case before her. Your client will probably go away for a while!