top of page
Hon. Janet T. Neff
District judge
W.D.Mich.
6th Circuit
Average Rating:
2.7
 -
29
rating(s)

rating submitted

Please send me alerts on this judge

REGISTER

subscribed

Add Comment and/or Rating

E-Mail Address (will not be displayed) 

Confirm E-mail Address

ZIP

Occupation

Comment:

Rating:

*Temperament:  
*Scholarship: 
*Industriousness: 
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:  
*Punctuality:  
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:  
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation: 
Flexibility In Scheduling 
General Inclination Regarding Bail
General Incl. in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial: 
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:

General Incl. in Criminal Cases, Trial:

General Incl. in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:

Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:

  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating

(1=Awful,10=Excellent)
(1=Awful,10=Excellent)
(1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
(1=Awful,10=Excellent)
(1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
(1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
(1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
(1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
(1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
(1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
(1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)

(1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)

(1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)

(1=10%,10=100%)

How familiar are you with the work of this judge?:
Participates in Oral Argument:
Quality of Questions During Oral Argument:
Attitude during oral argument:

Scholarship as reflected in Opinions:

General Inclination in Criminal Appeals:

General Inclination in Civil Rights Appeals:

General Inclination in Labor Law Appeals:

General Inclination in Immigration Appeals:

(1=Not at all familiar,10=Extremely familiar)

(1=Rarely,10=Always)

(1=Poor,10=Extremely insightful)

(1=Consistently inappropriate,10=Cons. respectful)

(1=Poor,10=Outstanding)

(1=Strongly Pro­Government,10=Strongly Pro­Defense)

(1=Strongly Pro-Defendant,10=Strongly Pro­Plaintiff)

(1=Strongly Pro­Employee,10=Strongly Pro­Employer)

(1=Strongly Pro­Immigrant,10=Strongly Pro­Gov.)

Non-lawyer rating (if applicable)

(1= worst, 10=best)

Ratings:

What others have rated

Hon. Janet T. Neff

evaluator

ID

date
Temp*  Sch*  Indu* Comp*   Punct*    Ev-Cv*   Ev-Cr* Flex  Bail  Crim  Settle Trial Sent Coop Average
Civil Litigation - Govt.

32716

7/19/19

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8
8
8

8

read comment
Civil Litigation - Govt.

32707

11/11/19

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8
8
8

8

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

31270

1/2/19

1

1

1

1

3

1

0

1

0

0

1

0
0
0

1.3

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

25654

1/2/18

1

1

1

1

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0
0
0

1.2

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

24476

1/2/17

3

2

3

1

3

1

0

4

0

0

1

0
0
0

2.2

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

24181

1/2/17

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

1
1
1

1

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

23292

1/2/16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0
0
0

0

read comment
Prosecutor

23294

1/2/16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0
0
0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

23295

1/2/16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0
0
0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

23352

1/1/16

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

0
0
1

1

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

23353

1/1/16

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

0
0
0

1

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

22895

1/2/15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0
0
0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

22062

1/2/14

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

0
0
1

1

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

22086

1/2/14

1

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0
0
0

1

read comment
Civil Litigation - Govt.

22049

1/1/14

1

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0
0
0

1

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

21695

1/2/14

2

2

2

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0
0
0

2

read comment
Criminal Defense Lawyer

21616

1/2/14

2

2

2

2

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0
0
0

2

read comment
Civil Litigation - Govt.

21628

1/2/14

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2
2
2

2

read comment
Court Staff

21638

1/2/14

10

9

10

10

10

10

10

0

0

0

0

0
0
0

9.9

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

21663

1/1/14

2

2

2

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0
0
0

2

read comment
category average

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
-
-

-

Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
Fam
Par
Qu-Arg
At-Arg
Sch
Cri
Civ
Lab
Imm
How familiar are you with the work of this judge? (1=Not at all familiar,10=Extremely familiar)
Participates in Oral Argument (1=Rarely,10=Always)
Quality of Questions During Oral Argument (1=Poor,10=Extremely insightful)
Attitude during oral argument (1=Consistently inappropriate,10=Consistently respectful)
Scholarship as reflected in Opinions (1=Poor,10=Outstanding)
General Inclination in Criminal Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Government,10=Strongly Pro­Defense)
General Inclination in Civil Rights Appeals (1=Strongly Pro-Defendant,10=Strongly Pro­Plaintiff)
General Inclination in Labor Law Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Employee,10=Strongly Pro­Employer)
General Inclination in Immigration Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Immigrant,10=Strongly Pro­Gov.)
evaluator

ID

date
Fam     Par  Qu-Arg At-Arg    Sch      Cri       Civ   Lab Imm
Civil Litigation - Govt.

32716

7/19/19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Govt.

32707

11/11/19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

31270

1/2/19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

25654

1/2/18

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

24476

1/2/17

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

24181

1/2/17

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

23292

1/2/16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Prosecutor

23294

1/2/16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

23295

1/2/16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

23352

1/1/16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

23353

1/1/16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

22895

1/2/15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

22062

1/2/14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

22086

1/2/14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Govt.

22049

1/1/14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

21695

1/2/14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Criminal Defense Lawyer

21616

1/2/14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Govt.

21628

1/2/14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Court Staff

21638

1/2/14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
Civil Litigation - Private

21663

1/1/14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

read comment
category average

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Non-lawyer Rating 
(if applicable)

evaluator

ID

date
Rating
Other

32990

3/14/23
10
read comment
Other

22060

1/2/14
1
read comment
Other

10502

1/1/10
1
read comment
category average

-

Temp*
Sch*
Indu*
Comp*
Punct*
Ev-Cv*
Ev-Cr*
Flex
Bail
Crim
Settle
Trial
Sent
Coop
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=Chronically 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=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators (1=10% 10=100%)    
comments1
Comments:

What others have said about

Hon. Janet T. Neff

minitalk.gif
Other
comment #:
32990
rating:
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
She get the Job done.
3/14/23, 4:36 PM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Govt.
comment #:
32716
rating:
8
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
All the comments below are not factual. They are from angry prosecutors that did not get there way. These people dislike judge neff because she would not let them manipulate the court procedure to there liking. She does not let prosecutors railroad defendants. It is about tome we have a judge that stands for proper judgement and will not let trumped up and false evidence corrupt her courtroom. These critics below are upset because they were unable to sway her and her courtroom to there liking. Thank you judge neff for your unbiased judgments. She is a just judge and does not believe in unfairly imposed sentencing. A breath of fresh air when working with her. About time we have a fair judge and not a robot!
7/19/19, 6:29 PM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Govt.
comment #:
32707
rating:
8
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
All the comments below are not factual. They are from angry prosecutors that did not get there way. These people dislike judge neff because she would not let them manipulate the court procedure to there liking. She does not let prosecutors railroad defendants. It is about tome we have a judge that stands for proper judgement and will not let trumped up and false evidence corrupt her courtroom. These critics below are upset because they were unable to sway her and her courtroom to there liking. Thank you judge neff for your unbiased judgments. She is a just judge and does not believe in unfairly imposed sentencing. A breath of fresh air when working with her. About time we have a fair judge and not a robot!
11/11/19, 5:22 AM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
31270
rating:
1.3
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
This Judge is one of the most lazy Judges that I have ever encountered. She sends everything on her docket to ADR, she absolutely has no idea of what she is doing. And in an effort to clear her docket of the work that she was appointed to do, she files superfluous notices of 'impending dismissal' even though you have weeks left on a deadline. She should not be anywhere near the bench!
1/2/19, 1:20 AM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
25654
rating:
1.2
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
This is the absolute worst judge I have ever been before, and one that will seriously cause you to question your career choice. No other judge even comes close. I have never been before a judge that is so clearly inept. It is actually a disgrace to the entire judicial system and makes you question the integrity of the system itself. How she got through the appointment process makes you question the entire system as well - was she even interviewed by anyone? She thinks she's smart and knows it all, and actually decides which way the case should end up at the very beginning. To that end, she'll completely ignore the law (including Federal Procedure) and manipulate facts - and even accept attorney argument as true facts without any support - to get to the result that she wants - this is no lie. Very lazy as well. She will not read anything that you file. Be prepared for a very costly, time consuming (and in all seriousness, extremely frustrating) adventure before her if you're not on the side she decided should win at the beginning, and then an appeal after you lose before her (which you will most likely win).
1/2/18, 10:07 AM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
24476
rating:
2.2
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Very disrespectful to attorneys. Does not give oral argument, which is the ultimate disrespect.
1/2/17, 7:58 AM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
24181
rating:
1
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Janet Neff is the worst of the worst when it comes to being a Judge. She has no clue what she is doing. She should not even be a law clerk.
1/2/17, 2:17 AM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
23292
rating:
0
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Terrifying because she does not have a clue what she is doing but yells at the lawyers with inane comments in an effort to hide her ignorance and confusion. A complete disaster and humiliation for the federal bench.
1/2/16, 6:42 AM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Prosecutor
comment #:
23294
rating:
0
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Not impressed.
1/2/16, 12:07 PM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
23295
rating:
0
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Should not be on the bench.
1/2/16, 12:09 PM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
23352
rating:
1
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Judge Neff is a mistake of the utmost proportion. She has not a clue when it comes to the Fed. R. Civ. P. and believes herself to be as high as SCOTUS, based on her entrance. It is obvious she rarely reads the pleadings in front of her, and her anger and temperament only solidify her lack of knowledge for the law or the position she is in.
1/1/16, 1:49 PM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
23353
rating:
1
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Judge Neff is one of the biggest mistakes to the bench. Pushed through by then Senator Levin so Bush could get his appointments through, she is a huge mistake. She has no clue what she is doing, and sends her cases to ADR so she does not have to deal with them. It is either because she is truly lazy (which reflect in her Opinions) or because she has no clue. Or it could be both. Anyone who gets her as a Judge on their case needs to be aware of the long road you have with her. I much rather be in kangaroo court (state court) than in her courtroom.
1/1/16, 10:03 PM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
22895
rating:
0
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Lazy and intellectually dishonest. Ultra anti-business and very left-leaning politically. These views heavily influence all of her rulings.
1/2/15, 6:03 PM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Other
comment #:
22060
rating:
0
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
1/2/14, 8:54 AM
Send email to poster
minitalk.gif
Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
22062
rating:
1
average rating is 3 out of 5