Hon. Joel S. Johnson

Judge Johnson's Average Overall Review:

2 Stars

Based on 27 reviews

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Reviews

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6627. witness

Joel S. Johnson is the most dishonorable and disgusting judge imaginable. Joel S. Johnson was a dishonest cop before attending the fourth tier law school, Widener Law. After graduation, he sought a position to incarcerate as many people as possible. He is a corrupt, abusive, dishonest, inhumane judge in the Philadelphia family court. Many fathers gave up on a relationship with their children because of this unethical and abusive judge. Many children have no connection with their fathers because of this evil lawless bastard. The only remedy for many of these fathers was to leave the state and never return for fear of incarceration. Fathers continue to leave Pennsylvania to stay out of debtors' jail, a situation which always results in father losing their jobs as a result of missed days as a result of incarceration. Fathers give up their relationship with their children. The debtor prisons are not abolished in America. Everyday dozens of fathers are jailed in Philadelphia even when they have no ability to pay. They are denied a meaningful hearing on their cases and on their ability to pay what the court demands of them. This judge believes that every father is a liar and punishes the poor with incarceration. Joel S. Johnson is the modern day "House Nigger", who oppresses the colored men. Shame on him for leaving a legacy of one who destroyed more families than any other person in America.


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3587. witness

this guy does not care about whats best for children just about getting re elected. by far the worst judge in family court. more like dishonorable. doesn't follow state laws about parents rights makes his own laws and if your a male in his court you lost already. i think he has daddy issues


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5079. witness

This judge clearly does not care about the law. He is unfair and if you are a father in his court, you best believe you are going out in handcuffs. Regardless of any circumstance, if you are a father, the odds are definitely stacked against you. This judge likes to put words in defendants mouths, and then use those words that he created, against that defendant. There needs to be more oversight over Dishonorble Judges, like Mr.Johnson, and once that happens, maybe just maybe true justice can prevail for our parties involved in his courtroom.


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3586. witness

this guy does not care about whats best for children just about getting re elected. by far the worst judge in family court. more like dishonorable


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6859. party to case (with attorney)

I was actually terrified to be before Judge Johnson after reading these reviews. It was actually very straightforward and fair in my opinion. I am an African American Father, who had a Bench Warrant Issued for failure to appear. The staff at the Warrant Unit, very helpful and supportive. I turned myself in around 11am on a Tuesday, which I would have done by 10am had I planned for employee lunches ...etc. After lunch the group of us, 5 to be exact, where sat outside a courtroom. One by one we were called in. Within minutes everyone walked out with a look of relief. I honestly believe turning yourself in for a warrant as soon as possible helps your outcome. Seek legal advice and Google like I did for more advise. Good Luck !!!!


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7459. witness

kids cost $$$ and the responsibility should not be solely on the other party or the state. Some of these men really abuse the system and think it's cool to not take care of your responsibilities, this judge is only doing his job, and if your case has gotten to this point only means you were not taking care of your kids financially and there has to be some kind of punishment... and if jail is the punishment then don't drop the soap :-)


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7173. courthouse employee

Judge Joel Johnson is very caring to everyone. If you don't follow the rules then he can get a little upset


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7174. courthouse employee

Judge Joel Johnson is very caring to everyone. If you don't follow the rules then he can get a little upset


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7307. courthouse employee

Johnson..... He makes real Honorable Judges of The US look really bad. He will break your constitutional rights. Every single last one of them without a care, as if he is backed by his higher ups to illegally incarcerate people outside the guidelines of the Law. He won't let you talk to plead your case or show evidence. He is by far the dirtiest Judge in PA. Don't end your complaints here. If you want to see Johnson out of Office you need to complain to the Judicial Conduct Board Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 601 Commonwealth Avenue Suite 3500, PO BOX 62525 Harrisburg, PA 17120-0901 (717) 234-7911. Let your voice be heard and stand up for your rights. Johnson is a crocked Judge. We all know it. Even the Board knows Johnson is a Dirty Judge but they need your help to get rid of bad Judges like Johnson. Do as much research as you can. You have rights. If you don't know your Constitution Rights Google them online. Honestly write the Board and tell them all the Constitutional Rights Judge Johnson has broken with you in as much detail as possible after you first contact them about sending you a "Confidential Complaint Questionnaire".


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7917. witness

The court provides the dead beat parent ample time to pay their child support and holds multiple appearances to adjust the amount. They also mail and text court appointment times and location as well as mail out notices with the status of the case. The issue lies in the dead beat parent that thinks/assumes that its the state responsibility to feed the children and to clothe them. The child has to eat, wear clothes, go to daycare and these are added expenses that must be provided. Stop complaining and be responsible to your kids otherwise you will have the court showing you how to be a responsible parent ..by force!


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6920. witness

Judge Joel Johnson is corruption incarnate. Judge Johnson's inability to treat litigants on a case by case basis in a fair and legal platform is heinous. To call him a judge for family court when he clearly only serves as a financial mechanism and municipal revenue resource is disgusting. Children are not his concern, the amount of revenue he generates is. I actually witnessed him gloating to the ADA how he was chosen to speak in front of some group of prestigious people because he brought in over a million dollars in revenue. I never heard him say how he made family's stronger? I never heard him gloat about keeping father's as close as possible to their children? I never heard him brag about keeping children safe. He likes raising revenue, he likes being feared, and he loves locking young black men up. Everybody knows that if you bring in a sexy white female lawyer, you will walk out of his court room, happy and whistling. If you come in there alone and you are a black male? You are going to jail. Period!!


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8911. party to case (pro se)

I have been before Judge Johnson a few times for my ex being in contempt for child support. Judge Johnson does not hold back at all. If you are not doing what you have been ordered to do by the Court, Judge Johnson will do what he is suppose to do with you. He gives all cases a chance to work it out before being sworn in, if you are sworn in and don't have a real reason for not paying child support, you will be arrested.


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8983. party to case (pro se)

If you have to go before a judge cause you can't take care of your kids you're a disgrace... going to jail for not paying Child Support has got to be the most disgraceful charge ever... "What you in here for? Not paying Child Support, I don't believe in taking care of my children" instead of calling this judge who is doing his job everything but a child of God... look at your own situation... you have children who need money for clothes, food, shoes... why should the other parent rely on public assistance for your short comings??? Most of these people on here are men, playing the blame game on why this judge is sending them to jail... such a shame you can't be the man you claim to be and help take care of your children... you people are a disgrace


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6994. witness

This Judge does whatever he wants' Nickname "lock 'em up Johnson to everyone even the Philadelphia Police. Needs to be voted out of office. Does not follow Pennsylvania Child sSupport Guidelines. Deliberately calls names during Court early knowing that half of them are still downstairs waiting to get through security. Why? so he can issue a bench warrant. When they turn themselves in because they can prove they were at court, he refused to see them or issue new date and clear the bench warrant. He then sends the person to jail stating that he is mad that the warrant unit had to pick them up WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE!!! This judge sets amounts base don family paying child support for the person. The family is not responsible neither is anyone else. He refuses to adjust child support or determine it based on income or income potential. He refuses to defer it after loss of employment mainly because a person's license has now been suspended because of child support so they now can't work. The Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Child Support System is rigged and serves no good purpose since they are deliberately preventing anyone from paying and then punishing them for it. Judge Johnson must have had to pay child support to his wife and was pissed that's the only reason for his actions. He should be like that with women and sympathize with the men.


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6995. witness

This Judge does whatever he wants' Nickname "lock 'em up Johnson to everyone even the Philadelphia Police. Needs to be voted out of office. Does not follow Pennsylvania Child sSupport Guidelines. Deliberately calls names during Court early knowing that half of them are still downstairs waiting to get through security. Why? so he can issue a bench warrant. When they turn themselves in because they can prove they were at court, he refused to see them or issue new date and clear the bench warrant. He then sends the person to jail stating that he is mad that the warrant unit had to pick them up WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE!!! This judge sets amounts base don family paying child support for the person. The family is not responsible neither is anyone else. He refuses to adjust child support or determine it based on income or income potential. He refuses to defer it after loss of employment mainly because a person's license has now been suspended because of child support so they now can't work. The Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Child Support System is rigged and serves no good purpose since they are deliberately preventing anyone from paying and then punishing them for it. Judge Johnson must have had to pay child support to his wife and was pissed that's the only reason for his actions. He should be like that with women and sympathize with the men.


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7023. other

This judge has done nothing to keep my son in his children's lives. My son was told before entering the court room that the attorney representing his soon to be ex wife was friends with this judge. The judge is not fair . He does not care about the children .If he did he would not work so hard at keeping children from their father. This judge needs to be held accountable for the fathers who have had their children ripped from their lives. Disgraceful and heartbreaking !


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7141. party to case (pro se)

I finally had an opportunity to meet judge johnson and a sad thing. I have had my license suspended and can not work to support my family or pay the full amount in support. I was already being overcharged monthly being as though I have been unemployed over a year but am required to pay almost a 1000.00 a month. I have a small amount on my particular case and was incarcerated unless I made a large lump sum payment . We ll actually I was incarcerated and released once the payment was made . I actually took the time out to write this post because I am a young black father who tries to take care of my children above and beyond and love and support them. I was crushed to find out this judge could care less about me or my children. Everything was actually acted out as a ritual allowing me to be present jus to see what's happening. I wasn't able to give any explaination without being interrupted and talked down to. This is a man who loves to lock men up and unfortunately most of his victims are africans in America like myself. It's really a relief to write this post and touch and agree with people who have had these same expirenices. WARNING!!!!####.. black men you must take a large lump sum of money 300 to 1000 to court if you have judge johnson 3rd. Floor court room 3g. he will lock you up even if you have the money and then let you pay and get out. My brothers be prepared. listen I'd they tell you an amount and say go call people try to get it .....you can either slide out tge building quietly if you have not prepared for incarceration that day or go see him, he will give u 30 days and tell u as soon as u post your purge amount u can be released ...it's a system easy to identify and point out the in justice. I talked to several men who lost there jobs because of incarceration and or suspended licenses . Run if u don't want to go up cfcf..or pay. I want to say I hate judge johnson for the way he helps the white man's system keep my people enslaved but instead I'll say I love him and we must keep this man in our prayers..he's evil. .......


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7317. witness

The worst Philadelphia Family Court Judge ever!!!


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7568. party to case (pro se)

HE SCREAMED AT ME THE WHOLE TIME AND I WAS ON A PHONE CONFERENCE, N THEN HUNG UP AND DISMISSED THE CASE. HE HAS TO GO


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7981. party to case (pro se)

The worst judge ever,I just recently had an open case vs the mother of my two children case stared in a long distance case,I have had very hard time finding a job due to my educational level and English levels,I do take care of my children in any way possible,what me and mother of my children don't understand is how was I attached to child support wen she knows I take care of children,very rude judge I tried explaining my financial situation and asking for explanation about my confusing case,all he did not answer me anything,made me say I received money from people he asked me how did I get to court I told him I take care of a sick aunt that raised me and not doing good health wise cus she just recently had a brain tumor removed and is not doing good health wise and I'm responsible of her care cus I wanted to help a family member,he told me I don't effing care bout your aunt medical conditions,I told him since I been on support I have proof and her signutare on it I been sending her money he asked me to show it to him he tough I was gonna show him receipts on my phone but once he notice I sent her electronic money orders with her name on it and the only person that can get that money is her with an i.d he told me that doesn't mean nothing to him,so even if you have proof of you taking care of your childrens he will still make you say his words and lock you up no matter what,just for the records my sick,blind,no memories and not capable of walking on her own had to stay tree days with no medication or care because of this Dishonored judge his Nick name is Joe roofem even bye the own guards that work for him,Im concerned about my case because she never asked for support from the beggining we don't live together because of our financial situation I take care of my children on the daily bases I have proof in hand and he still locked me up smh


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7982. party to case (pro se)

The worst judge ever,I just recently had an open case vs the mother of my two children case stared in a long distance case,I have had very hard time finding a job due to my educational level and English levels,I do take care of my children in any way possible,what me and mother of my children don't understand is how was I attached to child support wen she knows I take care of children,very rude judge I tried explaining my financial situation and asking for explanation about my confusing case,all he did not answer me anything,made me say I received money from people he asked me how did I get to court I told him I take care of a sick aunt that raised me and not doing good health wise cus she just recently had a brain tumor removed and is not doing good health wise and I'm responsible of her care cus I wanted to help a family member,he told me I don't effing care bout your aunt medical conditions,I told him since I been on support I have proof and her signutare on it I been sending her money he asked me to show it to him he tough I was gonna show him receipts on my phone but once he notice I sent her electronic money orders with her name on it and the only person that can get that money is her with an i.d he told me that doesn't mean nothing to him,so even if you have proof of you taking care of your childrens he will still make you say his words and lock you up no matter what,just for the records my sick,blind,no memories and not capable of walking on her own had to stay tree days with no medication or care because of this Dishonored judge his Nick name is Joe roofem even bye the own guards that work for him,Im concerned about my case because she never asked for support from the beggining we don't live together because of our financial situation I take care of my children on the daily bases I have proof in hand and he still locked me up smh


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7983. party to case (pro se)

Judge is very well known even bye court officers as roof'em Joey,something has to be done bout this judge last time I was in front of him I explained my situation and told him the mother of my children was willing to str8ing this problem cus she does not want me on child support he told me to bring her to court to I asked her to come she said no problem and she lost her job to come to court with me,once it was time for me to walk in with her just how he asked me to he told her she ain't aloud in his court room,so what was the point of her loosing her only lil pt job she has,have lots of evidence I take care of my childrens and he told me he doesn't care what proof I have this judge needs to be investigated,this gota be one them type of judges that lock people up and gets payed bye the prision to do so,no wonder why cfcf is always over populated and the sad thing you ask out of every 10 inmates why are you here for and outa the ten is cus I owe 2,000 in child support they suspended my license and can't find a job because of the situation,so they letting every criminal run the streets but father's that don't have a job and can't pay for support goes to jail,the judge has a skeem going on,I send them to you and you pay me,this judge needs to be investigated asap before cfcf becomes the child fraud court fucks,how is a father suppose to find a job wen he doesn't have one had his license taking from him and locks him up


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7984. party to case (pro se)

This Jude is know ass roof'em Joe,how are you supposed​ to fix a situation wen you have no financial income and sitting behind bars,let me guess the prision make money from having you in Jai and he gets a cut of it very simple to explain,he brakes the laws every court hearing you have,the first law he brakes is letting you represent your self,people don't forget you have the right to represent your self


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8286. other

This man destroyed my family by mishandling my husbands support case. Years of trauma that can't be undone. He's a disgrace along with the rest of the court system. Family court tears families apart. I was actually laughed at by an employee because I filed my taxes jointly with my HUSBAND who fell behind in support because of job loss. In our system, good fathers CANNOT hit hard times or they and their families WILL PAY DEARLY!!!!!


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8491. other

I am a single parent and am receiving public assistance (welfare assistance) and this judge has incarcerated me numerous times for not paying a court ordered child support order. Completely ignoring what the law says in reference to a person or persons (defendant) receiving state assistance. So basically I'm "robbing peter to pay Paul" paying child support out of a Welfare check. Without it having to be said, using a little common sense I can't afford an attorney. So this Jude use's my situation as an opportunity to raise the numbers in his court room (the amount of money he can collect in child support) to his advantage (abuse of discretion) by taking advantage of a women and children. All copies of the court transcripts in my case are sealed, unattainable. Unbelievable, I feel so hopeless, sometimes angry. But with a prayer and a miracle, I'm choosing to hope that one day this Judge Will be removed or retire early, or maybe even start being fair to those that come in his court room.


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8862. party to case (pro se)

Judge johnson is letting a young lady claim me as her kids father without a blood test. The young lady was also married at the time of having this baby. Judge johnson locked me up for 23 days on lies told by the young lady. Judge johnson was asked personally by me for a blood test and he told me no I should've taking it 18 years ago. The young lady had child support send letters out to me at false addresses so I wouldn't respond. I had to pay 3000 dollars for my freedom for a child I no nothing about and my drivers license hasn't been restored since the day I was released and I need my license because I'm a truck driver. Also I don't believe judge Johnson should be handling my case because I no him from the streets so I believe that's conflict of in


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9018. party to case (pro se)

Joel Johnson is a bully. He's arrogant, self centered, self righteous and has no idea of what the true purpose of his position is supposed to be. A father going into his courtroom is subjected to demeaning abusive behavior. The defendant, going in without a lawyer, is bombarded with this unscrupulous peon and his band of minions (DA) Asst DA. Joel Johnson has his own story in his head that he believes is true regardless of the actual situation the defendant is experiencing. His goal is to embarrass instead of actually getting to the crux of the problem. He should be barred for his misuse of the bench. POS


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