Hon. Susan D. Wigenton See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
D.N.J.  
Average Rating:6.4 - 8 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. Susan D. Wigenton


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19831
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A tool for the DoJ that does not understand modern technology nor modern society. Great as a judge, if we had a time machine to the fifties or sixties where her moral compass would be valid.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12512
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Wow, what a bad choice. She was completely overmatched as a magistrate. I hope to avoid her ever again. Briefing was a total waste of time. Her rulings were so incompetent that they created multiple procedural quagmires that took repeated hearings before Judge Walls to fix. Not mean, but either unwilling or unable to understand anything off the beaten path.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8845
Rating:8.6
Comments:
A delightful person to appear in front of, courteous, diligent, good staff. Reluctant to pull the trigger on summary judgment, though.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8841
Rating:8.4
Comments:
Well-prepared and follows the law without losing common sense. Very respectful of attorneys.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5636
Rating:3.3
Comments:
She was very frustrating to deal with as a magistrate -- briefing was generally a waste of time, because she invariably chose to wing it. Some of her "solutions" were so illogical that they led to more disputes. Simple discovery motions became drawn out ordeals, often ending up before the district court (Walls) who dispatched them quickly and fairly.

I would assume she is an even worse train wreck as a district judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5094
Rating:8.0
Comments:
It figures that the last low rating for Judge Wigenton was from a prosecutor. She detained my client the last time I was before her, but she was fair, even-handed and courteous. I had her several times as a magistrate and she was fair in the lower court as well. I just don't get these prosecutors; they have most of the judges firmly in their corner on most cases and when they come across one that displays even the slightest bit of equanimity, they have to knock her down. More fair judges like Judge Wigenton are what the federal judiciary desperately needs; not lapdogs to the DOJ.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4263
Rating:9.7
Comments:
A truly great addition to the District Judge Bench. She is knowledgeable and friendly.