Hon. Diane R. Thompson

Judge Thompson's Average Overall Review:

1 Stars

Based on 46 reviews

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Reviews

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3009. party to case (pro se)

This Judge is a disgrace. That she is a mother, grandmother and former teacher adds to the disgrace. She refuses to hear testimony from professionals (School Principals, Teachers, Therapists) in person. Her "Tip Staff" advises you to have, for example, the School Principal available by phone. Then the Judge refuses to call. She is biased. She cannot discern truth from lie. She gives freedom to one party to testify (the mother) while repeatedly yelling and banging her gavel at the other party, telling them to not speak until she asks them to speak. She may listen to children alone; clearly, she does not care what childten tell her. It's beyond sad that she holds the lives of children in her hands and places them in harm's way. Sadly, something tragic must happen to these children before anything will change. Clearly, this Judge is burned out on the Bench.


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2797. party to case (with attorney)

I have never been so disrespected so bad by anyone like this women in my life. I taken care of my child since he been alive his father have never seen him ever because he refused to. I am a college graduate and work 40hrs a week to take care of my house whole. This judge has a bias against black women, I conducted my self very professional. She refused to look at evidence and told me she didn't care about my PFA I had on my child father. She told my attorney that she is going to base her decision off my attitude instead of looking at the facts. She made me tell my child's father where I live and where my son go to school which was against the PFA. When It was made clear to her that threats was made on my sons and family life, but she didn't care. This women should have to step down asap. its suppose to be in the best interest of the child and facts and this women based it off how she felt for the day. She's a serious joke!!!!!


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1417. other

There is a Judicial conduct board which investigates allegations of ethical misconduct against Pennsylvania judges. If necessary, the Board prepares and brings cases against judges who are accused of unethical actions.


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4384. party to case (with attorney)

Diane Thompson is a disgrace and an offense to humanity! She should be removed from the bench as she is not looking out for the best interest of the child. She is extremely arrogant, disrespectful, and prejudiced against grandparents. She believes the mother is always right and doesn't lie. She allowed my grandson's mother to have sole custody. The mother is bipolar and not on treatment. She lives with a suspected drug dealer who's friend, (who has a conviction for possession with intent to deliver) visits frequently. I was absolutely humiliated when she started screaming at me. It's pitiful that after losing my son, that I was forced to listen to her yelling so demeaningly. All the mother wants is the Social Security from my son's estate. When he was in my custody, he went to on of the top public schools in the state, and in a mentally gifted program for Mathematics. He is in a school that is closing due to underperformance. He was seen by a dentist for the first time in his life and had 3 cavities filled. I am extremely upset that this judge sentenced my grandson to live in such deplorable conditions. She needs to be removed from the bench.


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3700. witness

She simply doesn't care I believe that she is racist against African American/ Black women


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4913. party to case (pro se)

This Judge needs to be taken off of the bench and all her cases examined. I am a Afro American male, I raised my son from the time he was 9 months old and he'll be 4 years old in a couple months. My sons mother had our case expedited and never had me served with the paperwork she went to court with a DC# and the case was heard so called without prejudice. This woman is extremely prejudice. She gave my sons mother who has no job, no home, going blind and has another child under 1 years old custody in my absence, which I have never ever missed court. My son has been in daycare and school since coming to live with me in 2013. She's definitely prejudice but it's not against men or woman it's against Afro Americans. It seems as if she makes decisions that will have our children either in danger or on welfare and the working parent paying child support. She needs to be disbarred and investigated.


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2572. attorney (private practice)

The bench is curt and disrespectful at best. Myopic and more into being antagonistically offensive versus calmly responsive (which the role of a judge should be). A very difficult court and obnoxious bench to try to advocate to.


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1339. party to case (with attorney)

unprofessional, condescending, belligerent, and an overall bully.


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1415. party to case (pro se)

Judge Diane Thompson is extremely unprofessional , she will make her judgements based purely on feelings not facts , court orders are never followed up on or enforced even if the other party has been in contempt on multiple occasions , She acts more like a social worker then a court official throwing her opinions around as if it were an eppisode of judge judy. She is everything that this person has stated: "Judge Thompson is extremely belligerent and impatient...she has a very short fuse and is not above yelling and not providing attorneys or plaintiffs/defendants the opportunity to present facts and defend themselves.She will refuse to look at evidence if she is in a bad mood and she seems to be very bias against women of color.i have heard her described as a "B" on wheels and totally belligerant by several attorneys.Her antics and lack of level headedness impede on her ability to make decisions that will serve the best interest of the childs." If by some chance you have been victemized by her rants and lack of ethics i feel sorry for you but, do not give up. Justice is blind but the people have a voice that needs to be heard. Judge Thompson should be removed from the bench. the rating is intentionally left blank as it has no negative ratings


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2073. other

This judge must be removed from the bench. A judge whose staff can change the address of a party in a case and ensures that the party does not receive the order from the court. A court room where your order is typed up before the case is even called and worker confers with opposing attorney before case is called. Combine that with a judge who hands over teenage children to a gay father and his sister that had sexually molested the children. This judge refuses to speak with the children. Removes them from school in the middle of school, child includes a senior and says "enroll them in a different neighborhood school and says to the mother now that I have taken your children, I hope you can read all you want to read. Hatred against hardwork. Victims of this judge must rise against this woman who does not have the best interest of our children. Let us come together and file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Supreme court. This impunity must be stopped now. Sexual abuse is now sanctioned in this court room. Women and attorneys of color including prose litigants come togethers.


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1874. witness

My family and I are in a total state of shock over the ruling this Judge gave yesterday at Family court. She allowed a woman who has been living in a hotel for three months with her boyfriend 5 days a week of physical custody of the three children in question. This girl does not have a legal separation agreement from her husband. She does not have a full time job and is collecting food stamps. Now these three children were taken from their home to live in some apartment which she supposedly is moving into this weekend. Did you not read the file?????? These children should have been able to stay with their father and see their mother but not live with her 5 days per week. She isn't even settled yet. What's good for the children. A judge who was a former teacher should have more compassion for young children.


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2331. party to case (with attorney)

Judge Thompson is very unprofessional, she conducts herself in a manner that is extremely unbecoming of a judge (ie yelling and screaming).Also, she does not enforce her orders and will allow the order to be violated again and again... plain lazy.


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2772. party to case (pro se)

This judge is a disgrace to all judges. Her judgement was for the mother wanting expedited relief for custody that wasn't even put present. When told that the statements in the petition were not true, she continued to state the untruths like I wasn't there. Ordered father to pay for travel to Missouri with one week notice while giving mother carte Blanche to get discounted tickets. Let the white lawyer address me but when I answer she not to address counsel. Total bword.


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5644. party to case (with attorney)

Judge Dianne Thompson is a disgrace to the Court system, City of Philadelphia, and the State of Pennsylvania. She has destroyed countless families, been belligerent on the bench, screams and rants at people, writes orders before the parties are even seen, disregards any other prior orders written by other judges, and does what she wants regardless of what the facts are in the case. She MUST BE REMOVED from the bench. Her term ends in 2019. WE must make sure she DOES NOT get re-elected. WE must gather together and organize an effort to make sure she NEVER oversees ANY FAMILY court case or step foot in a court room unless she is the DEFENDANT. Please email me at judgethompsonmustgo@yahoo.com with all information concerning your case. We will be filing a class action complaint against her with the PA Judicial Board asking for her IMMEDIATE removal from the bench AND disciplinary actions.


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1338. party to case (with attorney)

Judge Thompson is extremely belligerent and impatient...she has a very short fuse and is not above yelling and not providing attorneys or plaintiffs/defendants the opportunity to present facts and defend themselves.She will refuse to look at evidence if she is in a bad mood and she seems to be very bias against women of color.i have heard her described as a "B" on wheels and totally belligerant by several attorneys.Her antics and lack of level headedness impede on her ability to make decisions that will serve the best interest of the childs.


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2031. attorney (non-profit practice)

This Judge lacks patience, compassion, and good judgment. She tends to pick a side and stick with it... if you question her or try to provide evidence she employs scare tactics such as yelling and making threats. She is a disgrace as a judge and if she has children she is an equal disgrace as a woman. The lack of empathy she shows for families while making her hasty, shortsighted judgments can be described as nothing short of deplorable. The court is supposed to provide citizens with justice, not anxiety over what mood the judge will be in on that particular day. I for one cannot wait for this mean spirited, bias, corrupt woman to run for office again...she is in for a rude awakening from all of the families and attorneys she's treated like dirt underneath her shoes.


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2619. party to case (pro se)

I have never in my life been through a more demeaning and degrading process.in my life. I have a college education and was spoken to by this judge as though I was a naughty child. I was yelled at, degraded, demeaned and bullied. The judge was unable and unwilling to hear any evidence or to find out what is really happening. She refused to look at the truth of the situation and would not even read and interpret her own orders. How is someone not in contempt of an order that is written and not being followed? The judge tried to enter conversations that she had with my former attorney in a social setting as facts and orders that I needed to obey. My kids are involved and I was visibly upset as I was being yelled at by the judge and my ex's attorney. The judge's response was to threaten to throw me out of her court room. She clearly has a bias as she did not allow equal time for both sides to testify and doesn't seem to care about what the kids think or feel. I was appalled by the lack of decorum and professionalism. I was appalled by the lack of compassion and ability to remain unbiased. Family court is a devestating place and the point of it should be to put broken families into a better place, not create more conflict. I am seriously considering complaints against both the judge and the other attorney as this is a true miscarriage of justice and certainly is not a court room in which there is an impartial decision concerning the best interest of the children involved. This is a travesty and the registered voters of Philadelphia should be ashamed of electing her to the bench. She is an embarrassment to the legal profession and a black mark on the underlying foundation of our justice system to a fair trial.


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4360. party to case (with attorney)

Judge Thompson is everything listed here and more. She has given physical custody back to the Hispanic (looks white) father despite being told of allegations of sexual abuse by the father. She is biased against black women and I stood no chance in court. She was hostile in her interaction with my lawyer from Women Against Abuse. Despite the PFA I have against my child's father, the threat from the father to kill the child, and the abuse allegation made by my child, she still gave the father visitation. She intends to give full visitation rights at the next hearing. I cannot believe that this judge is in charge of determining the best interest of children.


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2185. other

I heard her scream at a mother for taking her child from an abusive home and try to send her to prison. We all heard her scream from the waiting area and watched this poor little girl cry because she thought her mommy was going to prison for protecting her from her father who sat there and said he didn't want parental rights. Then she ordered that mom not get child support. Disgrace! Judge refused to even let mom speak her side.. completely unjust. One sided. She should be disbarred


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6231. other

I have been dealing with Diane for two years. She took my daughter out of my home and sent her with her father that has been in and out of her life since she was born. She had me put in jail for 6 months, however, my mother was able to get me out in 3 days. We just went back to court and I am still not granted custody of my daughter. Prior to this particular day in court, June 13, 2016, my daughter's father and I had shared custody. This person seen my daughter 3 times since October 2015. He told the Judge that I won't let him see her and I was almost thrown back in jail due to this person's lies. I continued to tell her that he was lying and she told me that he is talking so hush your mouth. She also said she didn't like my attitude. This woman is very disrespectful to the party that is in the right. She values the best interest of the party that isn't doing what they should opposed to the best interest of the child. This woman should be released from her duties of being a judge. I have other things to say, but I refuse to step outside of my character because at the end of the day, I will make sure that my child is great. For others that read all of these posts, please make sure you do not get this woman. If you do, be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.


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3729. other

This judge doesn't even listen to what you have to say doesn't even care to see evidence just rule based off of how she feels.... Horrible decision maker doesn't even do what in child's best interest. I hope she wakes up to reality and allow ppl to prove their case and not go off of here say


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4032. witness

Judge Diane Thompson gave full legal custody of two orphaned children to a "family friend" who was on parole for aggravated assault and gun charges, unemployed for most of his life, and a repeat violent offender without running a single background check of his criminal history. This man raped the 11 yr old girl and assaulted her as well as neglected both kids. He also forged checks from parents life insurance and robbed the kids estate. Why is she immune to the damages inflicted upon the kids because she neglected to run a simple criminal background check?


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3017. witness

I witnessed a mother with a prior abuse history win custody of a minor over a fit father and only gave him partial custody. This judge isn't following the rules and conduct set forth. We need to do something else to seek results


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5154. other

This judge literally was disrespectful soon as we started didn't listen to nothing i had to say or didn't listen to my attorney n when the mother of my children lied n we said we had evidence or proof that she lying she did not want to hear or read the written statements from my witnesses she basically possibly be putting my children in danger with decisions she made i am now worried for my children cause the mother dont have a stable home n has history of walking out n partying n leaving my kids with anyone just hope something can be done


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5649. party to case (with attorney)

This woman diane thompson is pure evil and it is so sad that this woman has the power to determine the future of children's lives. This woman hates men with a passion and doesn't care at all about a childs well being. This woman made me give my son to his mother who is an alcoholic and leaves my son in the care of a crack head because she simply dont wanna take care of him. I took care of my son by myself since he was born while his mom continued to collect welfare for him nd never even attempt to help. I had evidence of this ,I even had evidence that she even pepper sprayed my son "and yes I literally mean pepper sprayed my son" i had the police report from when she was arrested for it ,I had evidence that she neglects her other kids from dhs ..and guess what Diane Thompson told me "she didn't wanna see my evidence" ...I cried in that court room and pleaded her to hear me out and all she did was continued to yell at me but continued to side with my sons mother "who was the defendant" ...now my son is in the hands of this woman because of diane and everyday im praying to god nothing happens to him. The way this judge disrespected me was so unreal i couldn't believe it. Im the best father i know of and thus judge wouldn't even let me talk, with tears pouring down my face she told me she didn't even wanna se my evidence. This woman needs to tooken out of her seat because she is ruining so many people's lives. She is the true definition of evil.


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6724. other

She is bias and disregards evidence at will! She is however, GETTING DESTROYED LEGALLY by me as we speak! P.S. THE CAREER-ENDER


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7111. party to case (with attorney)

This judge has destroyed families. We are getting a group together to get this Judge off the bench. Our children deserve good judges that will decide in the best interest of our children. Please contact us at wilkes1824@gmail.com


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7410. party to case (with attorney)

Judge Thompson presented here as a bully, bias, and a person who just doesn't care about the full details of the docket. I respect the bench but not her! She treated me as if I was criminal (which I am not and NEVER been in the system) and didn't allow myself nor my lawyer to get a word in edge wise. She only listened to my daughters Mother testimony and granted her more visitation. More visitation to a person who doesn't have a stable living situation and who has lied before the courts on numerous occasions. She totally blew up the previous Court order which now we no longer meet at the police station which is/was necessary given the false accusations my daughters Mother put on me. She then ended the hearing by saying "you two are going to have work out the child care", not knowing the history of my daughters Mother and not knowing that's it'starts bigger than child care. It seems like she indirectly instigates situations to let them play out how they'll play out, and little does she knows she's doing more harm than good by the child. Oh! I am a Father who had "primary physical custody" and "joint legal custody" which now is split with an unstable, noncompliant, Court order breaking mother. Thanks Diane Thompson...


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7906. other

I expressed to diane that my children were molested in their fathers care, so she pulled my boys into her office. When they began telling her the story,she cut my 11yr old off he explained to me because qoute on qoute "mother coached them to say bad things about father". There are so many ways this judge has bullied me. I was working 2 jobs at the time and i have 6 children total i have thyroid cancer occipital neuralgia degenerative disc disease n panic disorders all the while still providing for my family and keeping them safe. She was enraged that i missed a court date i faxed her a script from my cardiologists stating i was at an important appt she still sent a warrant out for my arrest. She had DHS come to my home at 11pm on a school night and never sent DHS to fathers home where my children explained to her was an abusive household and its dirty with roaches and mice infestations,holes in the walls and the house is too small. Today the courts granted him sole custody after he failed to visit them in court 2 consecutive times. He went to the school and took my kids. No court hearing she just went behind my back gave him sole custody. Noone from court told me anything i found out when the principal called me. Judge wrote in letter that sheriff should " break mothers door down if neccessary." This is inhumane and she put my kids lives in danger! She is worse than a hate organization and to add im puerto rican but my childrens father is white and thats just outright racism and bias.


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7908. party to case (pro se)

Please help me take down this judge she is harming our children while her children and grandchildren are safe please lets not allow her to bully us anymore by yelling at us demeaning us shut us up and striping us of our rights to our children! Email me please lets unify against this bias, racist, bully. Contact me to duscuss actions mrs.gutierrez327@gmail.com i already filed a complaint against her at the pennsylvania judicial conduct board but i want to put this in the public view for help shes ruining our children and everything we strive for. The system is corrupt!


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7940. attorney (private practice)

AWFUL, she's AWFUL. Anytime there's this public outcry concerning her lack of professionalism and aptitude, it must be veritable. I have complained about this judge repeatedly & I believe my concerns have fallen on deaf ears. I URGE people to not forget their intense emotions and when her re-election approaches, VOTE! Do not re-elect her & ensure that you share with ward leaders, other members of the electorate, etc to not support this woman!!!


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8687. attorney (private practice)

The absolute BOTTOM of the barrel. The prior reviews are correct in stating that she lacks judicial temperament. She is gruff & gauche. I urge ppl to pay attention when it's time for her retention, DO NOT ENDORSE HER on the ballot. Philadelphia cannot withstand another term of her reign of terror. I agree wholeheartedly that she is a racist and has a problem with minorities and minority attorneys. There have been countless miscarriages of justice when I've litigated before her. She is not fit for the bench!


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7112. party to case (with attorney)

This judge has destroyed families. We are getting a group together to get this Judge off the bench. Our children deserve good judges that will decide in the best interest of our children. Please contact us at wilkes1824@gmail.com


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7421. party to case (with attorney)

Judge Thompson is a disgrace to the court of law. I was blatantly discriminated against In her court endangering the welfare of my 10 year old son. Still to this day am traumatized and can't understand how this woman is able to get away with putting children in physical and mental harm and get away with it. Especially in a court of law thats sole purpose is to protect and be in the very best intrest of children. So disheartening and just flat out mindustry blowing. I've always taught my son to do right. Trust and have faith that if u do what's right only good will come. Especially of all places in the court of law and familly court you would expect that to be even more the case. This judge has totally turned that on its head. So now how do I teach my son about this situation. What a sad sad situation


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7561. other

Why doesn't anyone petition for signatures to oust her or filed a bar complaint?


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7907. party to case (pro se)

Please help me take down this judge she is harming our children while her children and grandchildren are safe please lets not allow her to bully us anymore by yelling at us demeaning us shut us up and striping us of our rights to our children! Email me please lets unify against this bias, racist, bully. Contact me to duscuss actions mrs.gutierrez327@gmail.com i already filed a complaint against her at the pennsylvania judicial conduct board but i want to put this in the public view for help shes ruining our children and everything we strive for. The system is corrupt!


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6807. courthouse employee

I have observed Judge Thompson flout the law and impede the rights of mothers for sake of fathers without due process of law. Judge Thompson makes activist decisions without following the law. This is a jurist that should never have been placed on the bench. Merit selection is how judges should make it to the bench, not through cronyism. Just because a political party endorses an uninformed public to vote for a slate of jurists does not mean that the jurist is competent. In this instance, Judge Thompson proves that point the merit selection will produce a better-qualified jurist.


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7509. party to case (pro se)

This is scary - we (me) will be writing letters to take out all the family court judges. I have case before Thompson in August. No way I'm not asking for new judge. This fool seems to be an exact replica of Judge Angeles Roca, who's been disbarred in 2 states, may she rest in hell. Are there any fair or reasonable or sane family court judges?


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7863. other

This judge is the reason my nephew is currently being abused by his father that my sister had to move because of the abuse. This judge ordered that they split custody every other month for a three year old. She did not listen to anything my sister had to say, and gave this type a visitation to an abuser. Now my nephew has a facial fracture while in custody with the father and the father is threatening my sister in text when she inquired why he needed the insurance card and what was wrong with baby. This judge needs to stop making judgements based on her feeling and do her job. Thanks to you my judge Thompson my nephew is in the hands of the abuser with a facial fx.


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7900. party to case (pro se)

Wow! My daughter father and Inhad her years ago. In 2010-2012 she was mean, nasty, prejudice, condescending, and very professional. And all the other things mentioned before this way way back then. I'm not sure how she is still sitting on a bench? Isn't she like last retirment stage by now? She is horrible. The worst Judge we ever had. Ever!


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8542. party to case (pro se)

Diane Thompson is horrible and should not be sitting on the bench. She is twisted, evil and manipulative, consistently breaks the law and ignores evidence to suit her biased purpose. She is loud, obnoxious, always threatening, all behavior that is a violation of Judical Conduct rules and she should be reported to the Judicial Conduct Board by anyone that experiences her unprofessional, unethical and biased conduct.


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844. party to case (pro se)

Judge Thompson is compassionate and committed,to making decisions,that are in the best interest of children.


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2318. party to case (with attorney)

She is great for representing the best interest of the child.


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6696. attorney (private practice)

Judge Thompson is one of the best family law judges on the bench. She is fair and cares about her cases more than any other judge i'v been in front of. I wish other judges were like her. It is always an honor and pleasure to be in her courtroom. She is a kind women and highly intelligent. I always enjoy entering her courtroom. I honesty wish I was there more often as opposed to other courtrooms. I learn a lot when I am in her presence. It will be a sad day when she leaves the bench, both for the attorneys and litigates who preside in front of her.


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8721. party to case (pro se)

This judge is extremely sexist and ignorant.. my kids mother was on drugs for 9.5 months of her 10 month pregnancy and the judge never even informed dhs or even tested the child... this judge only let the female talk and every time I tried to speak she yelled at me.. she is a disgrace to the judicial system.. where is the protection for our children


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9184. other

It's sad to read and hear the horror stories I am hearing, it's sad that none of you went to the media, and/or news investigators to have them investigate this sad case of a judge who really need to be removed from the bench that she corrupt children lives with who she supposed to protect. because that's what they get paid for. And if it's a slight chance that a piece of evidence can save a child life from a liar, then it's her job to review it, not to blow it away, which her ruling may cause an effect on the children's lives, which become costly if you have to pay for the help needed to correct the child's life. why aren't civil suits placed against her, why aren't reporters chasing her down to get answers ? These things need to start happening to se an example to all those other judges the think that they are above the law, because they're not being embarrassed in the public where they live and shop. It's too many people with the same issues and just talking about it. You all need to get together on it and file suits against her, mainly the ones who are paying lawyers and not getting any results. Please can someone find a way to make contact with all others who have this problem and start getting some results. We are going before her against a life sucking two legged virus who sucks the life out a child, and he has no mind set to stop making his son sick, it's like he wants the child out of his life so he won't have to pay child support, and we have to hear these horror stories ?


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