Local ‘Judge Judy’ rebuked in Time magazine piece

August 31, 2010

Judge Judith Eiler — the tough-talking King County District Court judge — has been reproached in a blistering piece in Time magazine.

Adam Cohen — a lawyer, former Time scribe and past editorial board member at The New York Times — took Eiler to task for her brusque behavior on the bench in a piece posted to the magazine’s website Aug. 18. Read the piece here.

The state Supreme Court rebuked Eiler in early August. Justices ordered Eiler to be suspended from the bench for five days without pay.

Eiler used to preside at the Issaquah Courthouse, but has since been reassigned to a district courthouse in Seattle. The court handles traffic infractions, small claims and some civil matters.

Cohen applauded the Supreme Court decision, but pushed for justices to do more. He also made inevitable comparisons between Eiler and a certain former New York City Family Court judge.

“It is hard to believe TV’s Judge Judy was not a strong influence on Seattle’s Judge Judy,” he continued. “TV’s Judge Judy yells at litigants and belittles them, and her specialty is finding innovative new ways of calling people stupid.”

Local ‘Judge Judy’ rebuked in Time magazine piece

August 20, 2010

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Aug. 20, 2010

Judge Judith Eiler — the tough-talking King County District Court judge — has been reproached in a blistering piece in Time magazine.

Adam Cohen — a lawyer, former Time scribe and a past editorial board member at The New York Times — took Eiler to task for her brusque behavior on the bench.

The state Supreme Court rebuked Eiler in early August. Justices ordered Eiler to be suspended from the bench for five days without pay.

Eiler used to preside at the Issaquah Courthouse, but has since been reassigned to a district courthouse in Seattle. The court handles traffic infractions, small claims and some civil matters.

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State suspends local ‘Judge Judy’ for ‘rude’ behavior

August 10, 2010

Judith Eiler

The state Supreme Court has suspended Judge Judith Eiler — the brusque King County District Court judge who has drawn comparisons to TV’s “Judge Judy” — from the bench without pay for rude behavior.

In a decision issued Aug. 5, Supreme Court justices ordered Eiler to be suspended for five days without pay. The judge used to preside at the Issaquah Courthouse, but has since been reassigned to a district courthouse in Seattle. Her caseload consists mostly of traffic infractions and small claims.

“Several litigants — and even some attorneys — reported being ‘embarrassed’ by Judge Eiler’s ‘degrading’ treatment, and feeling ‘mocked,’ ‘attacked’ and ‘uncomfortable’ in her courtroom,” Justice James Johnson wrote in the high court’s majority opinion.

Justices cited “voluminous testimony at trial documenting Judge Eiler’s rude, discourteous, undignified and demeaning treatment of the attorneys and pro se litigants who appeared before her, we find that clear, cogent, and convincing evidence” against her. Read more

Local ‘Judge Judy’ suspended for ‘rude’ behavior

August 5, 2010

UPDATED — 4:10 p.m. Aug. 5, 2010

The state Supreme Court has suspended Judge Judith Eiler — the brusque King County District Court judge who has drawn comparisons to TV’s “Judge Judy” — from the bench without pay for rude behavior.

In a decision issued Thursday morning, Supreme Court justices ordered Eiler to be suspended for five days without pay. Several of the incidents occurred during her stint at district court’s Issaquah Courthouse.

“Several litigants — and even some attorneys — reported being ‘embarrassed’ by Judge Eiler’s ‘degrading’ treatment, and feeling ‘mocked,’ ‘attacked’ and ‘uncomfortable’ in her courtroom,” the opinion states.

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Local judge may be suspended

April 13, 2009

Judith Eiler

Judith Eiler

A King County District Court judge could be suspended for 90 days based on her conduct in an Issaquah courtroom. 

Judge Judith Eiler was censured April 10 by the state Judicial Conduct Commission for disrespectful behavior. Commissioners recommended to the state Supreme Court a 90-day, unpaid suspension for her. Read more