Hon. Michele G. Bononi

Judge Bononi's Average Overall Review:

3 Stars

Based on 31 reviews

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Reviews

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860. party to case (with attorney)

Unprepared, rants unprofessionally over insignificant issues that are not relevant, no discussion of child's needs for custody, speaks solely of her family and how great of a parent she is, screams, improper courtroom procedures, biased, favoritism to politically connected and attorneys she socializes with, absolute misuse of judicial authority and abuse of ethics, and no one at courthouse respects her but schmoozes so she will listen to them in court. Don't know what westmoreland county voters were thinking especially since it took 3 elections to make it with more money spent campaigning than any other judge elected. Absolute disgrace to judicial system.


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775. party to case (with attorney)

My experience with Bononi wasn't very pleasant. She was unprepared as was the DA. I was shocked as to how she treated people. Screamed at the DA for being unprepared, but she was guilty of this herself. Her conduct and temperament doesn't fit with being an elected judge.


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924. party to case (with attorney)

This woman screams at everyone including the attorneys at the top of her lungs! Very unprofesional! She screams dont make me make a decison for you. Well hello isint that what the tax payers pay you to do? She says to bring witnesses in which have to take off work to come and then never let them speak meanwhile they have just taken off a whole day to come to the hearing. If you work and your ex dosent the working person gets pentalized because they work , loose time with their children.Also she and her Moderator are NOT on the same page. The Moderator messes up the orders then you have to pay to see her again because the order is messed up. Also she does not enforce her orders. Seems to me if you are politicaly in touch with her you get prefrence. No this is not the way a judge should work. You will spend thousands going thru her court and be in court for years if you go thru her. This needs to go public and she dosent need to be reelected.This is a disgrace!!!!!


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946. courthouse employee

Ms. Bononi has an awful temperament. This is known not only throughout the county but within the courthouse as well. She is and has always been more concerned with her political connections as opposed to helping others out õf the goodness õf her heart. She only affiliates herself with charities, organizations and people that she feels will be beneficial to her careers or name. She not only bad mouths those less fortunate than her but also her staff, colleagues, and even family at times. She often likes to play the poor woes me girl from new jersey but contradicts herself in almost every scenario. Her law clerk is who should take credit for all her work, being that Bononi only takes credit for what others have done on her behalf. She continuously flies off the handle in the courtroom, complains õf other judges lack there õf, abuses her power at times and never lets others have a word. If she feels you dont like her she will be harder on you, since she still maintains a highschool persona and everything is a popularity contest with her. Herunprofessional demeanor will eventually catch up with her. I pity those who think she's a friend as well as those who must go before her. Though others never tell her how they really feel cause õf her position as judge. Judge bononi truly needs a eagle up call and shouldn't be reinstated.


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4131. party to case (with attorney)

We went in for clarification on holidays and times for picking up the kids and it turned into a full blown overturn of a case that was already settled. She used a blatant abuse of power and yelled the whole time. She was acting buddy buddy with the other lawyer and didn't look at any of the evidence on our side. She didn't care what we had to say as soon as we went into the court. She put our kids in a worse situation because of this. Awful judge and I will be voting for someone else.


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505. other

Been before her and she is never prepared. Says things she should do and does not follow thru. Men are dirt and never get to say the truth. She runs a real dog and pony show with the help of the Asst DA that only wants yes and no answers to questions that rquire answers.


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511. party to case (pro se)

Disagree with the above. In family court someone if not everyone is always unhappy. If you want a say then settle rather than complain. She is always prepared and treats all fairly.


5

791. party to case (pro se)

Michele Bononi was an excellent Judge. Explained everything to me and helped me with my case.


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794. courthouse employee

Obviously no person who has commented here actually knows who the person behind the robe is...she is well respected, no non sense person. When being seen in her court room she simply asks for any person being seen in front of her to do as she asks. There are consequences if it is not followed. It is very simple. Judge Bononi wears the robe with pride and is an extremely educated woman!


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1101. witness

Judge Bononi did the right thing in the custody case where the witness above is complaining about. The games that the mother tried to play didn't work with her and she and her friends will now say anything because they did not get their way. I feel sorry for them and people should not listen to them.


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1406. party to case (pro se)

My ex husband lost in our custody battle not once but now twice and is determined to keep writing these horrible comments about her. People should not believe them. He is doing this due to his immaturity. This should show you why he lost.


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1817. party to case (pro se)

Very good Judge. Need more like her. Really cares about kids.


5

2980. party to case (with attorney)

Did the right thing. No ranting. Knows the law and applies it well. Uses common sense.


5

3362. party to case (with attorney)

Happy with her as a Judge. Did the right thing. Uses common sense


5

4749. attorney (private practice)

Only one in family court who knows what she is doing.


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7807. party to case (pro se)

I feel this judge in some cases makes decisions based on personal experience. I have raised my daughter since birth. Her father has been in and out of her life. Went to jail for several dui's. He has seversl felony drug charges and has had multiple pfa's against him. She told me I had to file a petition to change my custody order before my hearing (I was a defendant in a contempt case) but she didn't even care to read it. I informed her to situations my child had been exposed to in her fathers care. He denied it of course and she spoke to my daughter who is under 10, but did not discuss my allegations. Then she called us the parents back in the room and said that she mentioned nothing of what you accused. What my 8 yr old knew she had to tell you. If she had then obviously I would of prepped her for this. I told my child just to be honest. I missed the first hearing due to moving, change of address and summons crossed in the mail. She was pissed at me for being disrespectful by wasting the courts time. This she told me when she called and said give me one good reason why I should not issue a bench warrant for your arrest. I had no idea, but she acted as if i did it out of disrespect. If something happens to my child in her fathers care I will make it my lifes purpose to let everyone know she could have stopped this if she listened and look at all evidence but she had her mind made up before she sat on the bench that day. She should not be allowed to determine any case when children are involved. I truly dont feel she made a decision that she honestly felt was in my childs best interest.


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951. party to case (with attorney)

Bononi was very professional, prepared and knows what she is doing.


5

1346. party to case (with attorney)

Stayed late to hear everything and did the right thing. Excellent Judge


5

2058. party to case (with attorney)

I would like to say thank you to judge bononi, the assistant da patterson, and my son's attorney hoffman. The time spent to come to the proper decision was greatly appreciated. The best interest of the child and all involved was accomplished. Thank u again!


5

2439. party to case (with attorney)

Took the time to really care about the entire case on a personal and legal level. Really cares about the kids.


5

2499. courthouse employee

Good honest judge look all you want. She does the right thing.


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2611. party to case (with attorney)

Did an excellent job on a custody case. Did not rant at all.


5

2694. party to case (with attorney)

Excellent Judge loves kids and takes the time with them. Need more like her


5

2717. party to case (with attorney)

Excellent Judge


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2720. party to case (pro se)

I will say this, she called me on every bluff. And she was right. She rants b/c she doesnt deal with the bs excuses (trust me I tryed). I am happy I went before her the other day. She gave me a fair shot and told me what I needed to do. I think people (as I am one) often blame her instead of looking at the mistakes they made. She is just trying to make sure my kids is taken care of. I wrote one of the nasty comments above and I wish I could delete it somehow. She is a good judge. Fair and tough, but we need more people like her. If she is ranting at you perhaps you should listen. I know I did and I am just in the beginning. But she is right I needed to change my life for my children and that I have done. Thank you.


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4243. other

She sucks as a judge as much as I do. Neither of us should be in family court.


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4244. other

She sucks as a judge as much as I do. Neither of us should be in family court.


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4453. party to case (pro se)

Made me get the help I needed to get my children back.


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4760. other

Genuinely cares for kids... no nonsense, but fair. I have had a great deal of relief having her on my sons case- it has not been an easy road, but she has made it a road more easily navigated for our family.


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6621. other

This judge likes to take child custody cases that are conflict of interest cases. One of the attorneys for the custody seeking parties will have an attorney that worked for her or worked in her former practice of Bononi and Bononi or its name now of Bononi and Company. She should recuse herself from theses cases so their is not appearance of bias. Generally there is a biased towards the attorney of her former practice.


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6917. party to case (with attorney)

She constantly screamed and lost her temper. Accused one side of lying with no factual basis for her outbursts. She had no interest in what is best for the kids in her mind and ruled against what every person who was there for the kids recommended, the Guardian Ad Litem, the psych eval and the kids themselves. Totally uprooted a family and allowed them to move almost two hours away from a loving, caring, responsible father who the kids wanted to stay with. Totally ignored evidence, lashed out at one party and coddled the other with no even handedness. Allowed here say and opinion factor into one side, yet shut down any sort of cross examination what would have exposed the lies and deceit because of her own personal bias. She shows favoritism and bias toward one side, usually with someone that she worked with or has a relationship with outside of the court.


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