Hon. James C. Cacheris See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.Va.  
Average Rating:5.6 - 12 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. James C. Cacheris


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21673
Rating:1.6
Comments:
He sucks as a judge and should be dis-barred now, or more like yesterday.

Other

Comment #: 12361
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I just read the story about this man saying it's fine for corporations to give money to politicians. I cannot believe this happened. If this isn't a overt endorsement towards plutocracy then I don't know what is.

Other

Comment #: 12337
Rating:1.0
Comments:
His Hon. James C. Cacheris doesn't deserve to be called honorable, when his decision to call corporations "people" compromised the entire election process. As long as corporations are allowed to make huge donations to candidates this country will soon become Mussolini's definition of fascist -

"Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power."
Benito Mussolini

He and the President who appointed him don't/didn't give a hoot about American citizens, unless they have big bank accounts and deep pockets... It's appalling that our country is so driven by greed that judges can be bought by corporate pigs. This man and those who believe that this is the plan our founding fathers envisioned, are completely out of touch with the real world and real American citizens.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 12043
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Recently had a case dismissed during Summary Judgment under Cacheris were he mis-applied state cases when federal case law should have prevailed. He OPENLY disregarded the Defendant's clear violation of discovery in favor of the violater - Defendant refused to produce electronic media even when compelled.

Total joke but so was Reagan - the man who appointed him to the bench. TOTAL JOKE.

Litigant

Comment #: 10025
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I notice among the comments that every time somebody comments negatively on Judge Cacheris, along comes some attorney and gives him a "ten" to bring his average back up. It's laughable! Of course lawyers are going to respond to him this way; they want a piece of his power. After this particular comment that I am writing, I'm sure one of his attorney buddies will respond to the call, "Oh Hi, Jimmy, oh sure, you need a positive comment, sure, no prob, I'm on it!" Then "click" the phone goes down and ten stars go up.

Judge Cacheris has many attorneys backing his delusions of adequacy. This shows not only the quality of our bench, but of our bar. God help us!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9754
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Smart, quick and ready to move things along. A great judge to appear before.

Litigant

Comment #: 9117
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I notice that an attorney has rated Judge Cacheris very highly for his work in maintaining the speed of the "rocket docket," as well as for scholarship. I differ. Judge Cacheris has taken 17 months to review a habeas corpus peti-tion (Etlin v. Huggins), an unconscion-able delay and a per se due process violation. Furthermore, I would rate him low on scholarship for the follow-ing reason: he issued a memorandum opinion in which he cited to the Virginia Supreme Court (a state court) to prove that a judge hearing a habeas corpus petition should look "primarily to the face of the order" in making his decision. First of all, the State Judi-ciary cannot inform a federal judge on how to hear a petition under 28 USC 2254; secondly, the "advice" was plain wrong. Habeas corpus petitions are decided on ANY unconstitutional conduct present in the state court conviction. How absurd! Sound scholarship would have prevented this kind of "SNAFU" and 17 months to examine a simple claim (no jury) on a habeas petition is a verit-able outrage.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9076
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Judge Cacheris was an excellent judge wihle still active (he's now semi-retired). His decisions and opinions are always well-grounded in the law. Although he seems to favor defendants in civil cases, he is generally even-handed in his decisions. Best of all, he handles complicated cases very well. He can cut through the fog and reach the essential issues, resolving them fully and fairly.

Other

Comment #: 8921
Rating:10.0
Comments:
*This Judge has over a long tenure shown a remarkable work ethic with dedication to his profession and in doing so has given the U.S. Taxpayers more than he has ever received his dedication to duty and effective courtroom demeanor has enabled the E/VA to maintain the reputation as the rocket docket*

Litigant

Comment #: 5255
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I appeared before this judge as a pro se defendant in a civil matter. He was completely unwilling to consider any position or argument based on good case law offered in defense. He consistently allowed the plaintiff to make absurd arguments and unfounded allegations unsupported by law, fact or evidence. He repeatedly gave the plaintiff every possible advantage from begining to end. I expected to be treated fairly by the Senior Judge of the Eastern Distict Federal Court. This was definitely not the case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1662
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Very lazy but will make lawyers jump through every available hoop; arrogant; poor judge of character