Hon. John B. McMaster

Judge McMaster's Average Overall Review:

2 Stars

Based on 28 reviews

Reviews

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3839. party to case (pro se)

My case is unbelievably corrupt. I literally have no idea what is going on anymore and it is like existing in the twilight zone. There is no logic and complete disregard for a child's safety. First of all, Judge McMaster allowed my ex to submit fraudulent, poorly filled out online print off divorce forms a few years back. My signature was forged on a waiver of service and I had no idea this was going on. There was no set custody schedule and basically, without me in court because I had no idea, my ex took everything and also took the title of primary parent. Fast forward to a couple of years later, my child is being abused by my ex and although I have provided massive documentation, all has been ignored. Judge McMaster was not prepared at all for my case when I was finally able to have a hearing. I had written a letter to him directly through the Court pleading for help in my case. It was never read. After hearing my side and seeing all of the evidence, he chose to take away my custodial rights to my child for calling for a well check. I have no criminal history, I am clean, don't drink, have an excellent job, very responsible and caring mother - and I raised my child, even when I was married. He then put my ex "in charge" - an ex who has evidence on the record of threatening me, my life and being overly controlling - and put the stepmother who admittedly called my child curse names in charge of supervision of my phone calls. I tried to protect my child every way that I could and ended up getting my rights stripped from me and now need to have my phone calls with my child supervised per Judge McMaster. He is downright scary at times and even went so far to snap at me, telling me "this is not TV" and threatening to make my life hell if I continued. I may not have done something the exact way I was supposed to but I wasn't trying to disregard any rules - I just didn't know some rules even existed. I had no idea how anything worked. I have no legal background and I was appearing pro se and attempting to make the best of it. It was a horrific experience. He let opposing counsel take up the entire time, leaving me exhausted, shaken and about 30 minutes to give my side in an 8 hour hearing. I now have not been able to see my child in several months. My child continues to be in the care of a raging lunatic and exposed to constant brainwashing and badmouthing of me by my ex and his new wife. This is a man who has had multiple marriages and divorces already - under the age of 40. Judge McMaster refused to listen to me, refused to remove the corrupt ad litem who clearly was secreting my ex's actions and was doing literally nothing to help my child and ordered me to pay opposing counsel $500 for having the hearing - when I was the one who asked for it. I cannot get over how corrupt his court room is, how unbelievably scary and threatening he can be and how things are completely disregarded. Also, my ex abused me and when I talked about it on the stand because I had to, it choked me up a bit and Judge McMaster told opposing counsel that they should order "psych testing" for me and that I had "emotional problems." My ex abused me on all levels for years. I dare anyone to find an abused woman who can talk about the abuse without getting just a little bit upset. All I did was choke up a bit and needed to stop for 5 seconds to stop myself from crying. Just unbelievable.


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1375. party to case (with attorney)

Judge McMasters is obnoxious, could care less about the law It's his way or no way, decides the case before the facts are heard, And clearly hates other males. I agree with the other post I wouldn't Let him judge a pie eating contest.


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2365. attorney (private practice)

Horrible. This judge has no respect for the courts, or the citizens of Williamson county. He doesn't give anyone a fair chance, and quickly decides what side he is on based on who is the in the "boys club" in Williamson county. He rode his daddy's coat tails to get on the bench, and should never be allowed to make any decisions involving children. He couldn't care any less about the best interest of the children in the cases and is by FAR, the most incompetent judge I have ever come across in my 18 years of practice.


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3918. other

To #17 - You did not know some rules existed, because he makes them up as he goes along to suit him. He does not follow the Texas Family Law Code that is published for the public so they know what to expect and what to do. No, there is no law in his courtroom. You have to show up and put up with whatever he cares to dish out. There is no way to prepare or educate yourself before going into his courtroom. You lose all of your civil and constitutional rights in his courtroom, and the State of Texas has his back while he destroys taxpayers' lives. We are all helpless against this evil monster. No one will help you. If you never really believed there was a Satan before, you will believe when he is done with you. If you ever have the misfortune of having to appear before him, and the other party in the suit makes more money than you, consider yourself dead meat and kiss your ass goodbye.


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5521. party to case (with attorney)

He is nothing but a petulant child. He does not follow laws and makes up rules and laws as he goes. He should never be re-elected, he is an ass and deserves to spend time in jail himself.


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2562. party to case (with attorney)

I couldn't agree with any of your posts any more if I wrote them all myself. I was told that I should never try to appeal because it will always come back to him and he will never change his mind. He gave me all the family debt and gave opposing party all assets. There was zero interest in what was best for our child. His decision was made before the case even started. Now my daughter suffers the consequences crying every weekend that she doesn't want to go back "home." Karma may not be strong enough. There should be a negative star rating system for this judge.


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2635. party to case (with attorney)

I sat in a courtroom this morning ruled by McMasters. My grandson was on trial for a standard child visitation ruling. As said in earlier comments, Judge McMasters had his mind made up even before the trial was held. That was bad enough, but then he felt the need to publicly shame him in front of everyone in the courtroom. I felt that justice was not served because McMasters had made his decision and was not willing to listen to any other arguments. That is what it is, as they say, and as a family unit we will live with the decision and continue to support our grandson. What I will never forgive McMasters is the shaming. That was totally unecessary.


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4628. party to case (with attorney)

He gets no stars as he has no heart. Don't worry people. A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. Proverbs 17:23 (Translated: A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.) The bosom is usually the woman's chest. It is also used to refer to the chest as the seat of emotions. (synonyms: heart, breast, soul, core, spirit) He implied that I was crazy by telling me that I need to get help because I believe in and have faith in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He sits on the bench expecting reverence and he thinks that he is a god and invincible. Attn: John B. McMaster - The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 49:16) I am not afraid of you as you are just a man. You shall be judged by one who is MUCH GREATER THAN you. I pray even so that God has mercy on your soul. You worship idol gods but My God is real. Signed: You know exactly who I am.


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6848. other

The employees of Williamson County allow a criminal to disrespect the law and ruin the lives of its residents. They smirk and laugh as he rules against the Texas Family Code. The people of this county are screwed with this corrupt individual running unopposed once again. The residents cannot even vote the scum of the earth out of office, because he is protected by those who work for Williamson County and the state of Texas, who all benefit from the bribes he takes. Why should they stop him, when he makes it rain with the cash under his robes? Absolutely no one has any interest in stopping this corruption because it goes all the way to the top of the system. I refrain from calling it a "legal" or "justice" system because it could not be any further from it. The only way the residents can protect themselves is to move out of this county. Believe it or not, there are much less corrupt counties to call home. It is a travesty that good honest people have to uproot themselves to ensure they do not lose everything they worked for their entire lives in a Williamson County court.


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2188. party to case (pro se)

I agree with all of the above. Made me stand without representation, only heard the other side, confiscated my savings account and gave it to opposing counsel, leaving me destitute without funds to hire representation.


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2354. party to case (with attorney)

This judge refused to grant a continuance in a case where my attorney withdrew from my case. He forced me to represent myself and ordered me to pay child support that I could not afford and did not follow Texas Law. Even after I verbally told him that I could not afford was he was ordering me to pay and he basically told me "I don't care, pay it and struggle or go to jail." Nevertheless a few years later I went back to court with copies of my paycheck stubs and he completely failed to even look at my pay stubs before denying my petition to have my child support reduced to an amount that I can afford to take care of my child and myself. According to Texas Law I am supposed to pay 20% in child support of my earnings but I am paying nearly half of my earning for child support. This has held me back extensively, I have had to live with family and friends because I can't even afford to get a place of my own. I have filed a complaint on him in regards to the Judicial Code of Conduct. I say the more the merrier. If anyone needs to file a complaint on him and needs help please email me at bailey.elicia@yahoo.com and use Judicial Complaint in the subject line. I will be more than happy to assist anyone who wants to file a complaint on this judge.


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2387. party to case (with attorney)

I will agree with all of the other people that are commenting on this. McMasters does not care about the evidence presented, and he makes a decision based upon preconceived notions. The case that I was in was decided before the trial because of the circumstances of it, and through the proceedings he never had an interest in the testimony proving the case of the defendant because of the information that he received from the prosecution before the trial.


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4641. party to case (pro se)

Why do they keep removing all of the bad reviews on this corrupt judge? This is just a small sample of the reviews that have been submitted. No one has ever had anything good to say about him. And he ran unopposed last election, because no one is allowed to run against him. He would not win.


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4956. party to case (with attorney)

When Judge McMaster orders you to give him all of your money or go to jail, just go to jail. It is no more legal for him to rob you in his courtroom than it is for him to rob you in the street. At least you will still have all of your money when you get out of jail.


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5011. party to case (pro se)

Although Williamson County property index records had fake assignments on them McMasters allowed Bank lawyers to hold a Kangaroo Court. He is a bank lackey and property gatekeeper for bank lawyers who can forge documents, lie and perjure themselves. McMasters is what is wrong with this Country and the reason people are so pissed off. His entire legal colloquy is "Cause I said so!"


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8864. other

Judge McMaster is a sociopath!! Egotistical sexist narcissist!! He needs to retire or ...... Retire!! No heart at all when it comes to children's best interest!! Extremely incompetent!! Repugnant!!! Evil evil evil man!!! How can we kick him out of this practice???????


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3510. party to case (with attorney)

The comments above are way too nice. He is much worse!! He told me before the hearing that I was wasting his time, he had much better things to do than hear my case. He would not let me present my side of the case. Going against all documented evidence he doubled my child support up to 40% of my net income for 1 child. Then he said “There is not a thing you can do about it. Appeal it! I dare you. I would make sure you would lose any appeals!”


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7717. witness

Most of Williamson County judges are corrupted. None of which follow the family law. He is a bad seed and so is his fellow coworker Betsy Lambeth. Very unfortunate that these Jerks even have a job. File complaints with the attorney general as often as possible.


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7720. other

I agree with all of the above post. Judge John B. McMaster considers himself above the law, country, Constitution, and humanity. He will violate the constitution and the law to suit himself. If you are a male forget winning in his courtroom. If you are not a lawyer forget winning in his courtroom. I was actually threatened by McMaster and told to just up since I was not a lawyer and did not understand probate. I was removed as executor and an administrator was appointed who was a lawyer and allowed to violate the court order put out my McMaster. I turned McMaster into the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct and it appears that they are siding with the judge. Until John B. McMaster is removed from the bench and his license to practice law revoked county court at law four in Williamson county will remain a kangaroo court. Williamson County is not much better.


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7037. party to case (with attorney)

This judge makes me believe in the courts and how the system works. He is fair, honest , thoughtful and thinks about the children in the case and not the parental drama. I feel blessed to have been placed under Judge McMaster he told my ex and many things and I still think about his advice and words of wisdom.


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7837. party to case (with attorney)

I have sat in front of Judge McMaster multiple times now and cannot say anything but good things. He was honest, fair, kind and a good listener. At one point he gave his own words of wisdom and I still remember what he said. I am thankful for men like this in the judicial system as leaders for the people. I probably will be in front of this judge again and even if not in my favor I know it comes from a place of honesty and experience. -allison Baker


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8585. witness

He should be working in landscape.


5

4719. other

This fine outstanding Judge has dealt very fairly will all concerned in Probate matters before the Honorable Court. Specifically certain matters long-outstanding cases. I am a personal, all-be-it via the Internet, observer. My only regret is that I did not timely advise this Honorable Court that I, Marcus Eugene Lee, Jr., was instructed by a career employee of the Internal Revenue Service, to follow the "paper trial." Even though the direct line to this Career public servant is in my possession, and I am not talking about some GS-5 in the Taxpayper's Assistance Section, I will only provide it upon request, received on letterhead. My research shows that there has been obstruction by certain parties, and or legal counsel for certain parties, of compliance with the Internal Revenue Code. I shall this weekend send the documentation, this very weekend, to President Barack H. Obama, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; Washington, D.C. Since the the IRS employee, who I have code-named "Pastor Monte McGary, D. Min", was not interested in hearing the names of legal counsel involved it never dawned on me to notify the Honorable Court. I guess I have now...


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4732. party to case (pro se)

I have personally been in front of Judge McMasters on two separate occasions for a child custody dispute between me and my ex. The first time I represented my self and the second time I hired an attorney. My ex refused to let me see my son multiple times and constantly lied to the court and so did her mother, trying to make look like an unfit father. On every occasion. Fortunately Judge McMasters respectfully asked me my side of the story and saw right through their lies. He even called them out on a couple of them and promised my ex if she kept up her nonsense he would give me full conservatorship. Luckily everything worked out and she has learned her lesson. He even granted me more visitation time with my son that I requested. I'm sure my ex would write an opposite review, but people need to realize that family law is very emotional and probably very difficult for any one to Judge. If you respectfully speak up and talk to him, he will here you out. I fell confident enough to represent my self with this Judge. Warmest regards, Jeremy Thrailkill


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4991. party to case (with attorney)

I sat thru many other causes, while waiting for my turn to be heard. Judge McMaster always seemed to be fair, and do the right thing, in those cases and my case. If the persons not happy, with Judge McMaster, had valid reasons to feel that they were treated unfairly, they should have appealed... unless they didn't have a case.


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5144. party to case (pro se)

Judge McMaster was an incredibly well spoken, fair judge. He listened to a 6hr custody dispute--he interrupted when necessary and allowed all parties to speak openly. I found him very open to both parents and then explained his decision in the final ruling.


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6918. party to case (pro se)

He is the best Judge ever. I met him 2 times and he smiles all the time and very nice to me even I made mistake. He didn't gave me any tough time. I love him.


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9131. other

Judge McMaster threatened to give full custody to my abuser if my mom even brought me in to speak to him his chambers. He decided my entire childhood would consist of split custody with my abusive father, due to the fact that my father found an attorney that was the son of a friend of the judge's. McMaster said to my father's attorney on the way out of the court room "Say hello to your dad for me," after he had determined my entire childhood without ever seeing my face. To make matters worse, if we appeal the case, McMaster is the judge the case goes to. I would give no stars if this website would allow it.


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