In a rare public rebuke, a judicial review commission found District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Natalia Combs Greene made "inappropriate" comments to litigants in court and at times behaved in a manner that was "rude" and "intimidating."
The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure received "numerous" complaints about Greene's "discourteous and impatient treatment of litigants," especially those without a lawyer, when she served in the busy landlord and tenant court, according to a Nov. 13 letter from the commission's chairwoman, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler, to Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield.
The commission ultimately recommended Greene for appointment as a senior judge following her retirement earlier this year. Kessler wrote that Greene's positive traits as a judge and "significant contribution to the Court" outweighed concerns about her temperament in certain cases. Still, the commission suggested she not be assigned in the future to landlord and tenant or other high volume calendars.