Hon. Terry R. Means See Rating Details
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Average Rating:6.1 - 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. Terry R. Means


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 24245
Doesn't listen. Harsh, rude, and unfair. Very one sided. Heard he was one of the better judges but if this is the best we have, we have a problem. Needs to retire.


Comment #: 22798
Rating:Not Rated
If you want ratings that are real, you don't need to be omitting relevant reports. Judge Means has problems with Constitutional issues. You erased two reports. A currant one of mine, and another of a military gentleman. We feel he should not be a Judge. Put our reports back. Deborah Lynne Connor

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21691
Noticeably biased against Black litigants


Comment #: 21138
Judge Terry Means cares nothing for the fundamental liberties of grandparents afforded by the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. He sides with the heavy hitters -- in this case, the State of Texas's Department of Child Protective Services. Judge Means would not allow this grandmother to even address the fact that this agency had her two- and three-year-old grandchildren on ten major psychotropic drugs, even though Diane Sawyer and Carole Keeton Strayhorn exposed how damaging and illegal this is for children in the major media. He was shown evidence that Tarrant County C.P.S. falsified information on the grandmother's interstate background check from Utah. (This included an F.B.I. background check.) He dismissed the case, using material on the grandmother that was 25 years old, regarding a family law custody case, when the grandmother was a battered wife. There was an appeal to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Grandma finally has an attorney to pursue this. Grandma is requesting Judge Means to step down from hearing this case when it is reversed and remanded. He has tape recordings that the children are being physically abused in illegal adoptive foster care. This grandmother believes that this federal judge should go back to Roswell and deal with cattle, as he is dangerous to both children and people. It is a sad state of affairs when our legal system and tribunals are so corrupt, and do not respect family or afford them due process rights! This man is not honorable. This grandmother is going to the media.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11907
Judge Means is a strict but fair judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8344
Judge Means is such a good judge. He is well-adjusted. He works so hard to get it right. He is a conservative Republican, but rarely does he let his ideology impact his judgment.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2260
Slow to make difficult rulings. Otherwise, find him to be fair and even-handed in civil matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2029
I have appeared before Judge Means in both civil and criminal cases. I was impressed by his excruciatingly heartfelt desire to be fair and come to a just result. From all appearances, he personally reads the filings and is very familiar with the facts of the case before him. I wish all the judges in this building had his temperment.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1584
I am a bit surprised by his rating of 6.8 on 7-6-06. I've always been impressed with his sense of balance and equity. He is knowledgeable about the criminal law and applies it fairly without regard to prosecution or defense. Never a problem with him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1468
I appeared before Judge Means in death penalty habeas litigation. Judge Means is strict in his orders and expects them to be followed. He was tough on discovery and investigation issues.