Hon. James C. Francis IV See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:7.8 - 8 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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What others have said about Hon. James C. Francis IV


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19120
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I've been before Judge Francis several times. He's a smart judge who cares and works hard to be fair and reach the right result.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18286
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Works hard and is a fair. All you can really ask for in a Judge. Excellent writer. Sometimes wish he would push a little harder in settlement conferences, but that is clearly not his temperment. Overall one of the best Magistrates in the Southern District.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9024
Rating:3.2
Comments:
not particularly bright, but writes well enough to protect his rear end. Will bend over backwards to screw you if he thinks you're unreasonable. Classic illustration of too much power in the hands of someone who does not have a clue how to use it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8709
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Watch out for those dangerous settlement conferences. If he thinks you or your client is unreasonable in settlement, he'll go out of his way to screw you - and I mean, you, the lawyer. And he'd do it with such industriousness and scholarship that you'd be hard put to reverse. The only ray of hope is he's an MJ so you can have the trial before someone else.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8420
Rating:9.5
Comments:
In my humble opinion, Judge Francis should be on the Second Circuit. He is a true gentleman and a truly great jurist.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6640
Rating:9.2
Comments:
We need more judges like this one. He brings decency and dignity back to the bench. Too many new judges are all about wielding power. Judge Francis is equitable and has judicial temperament. Definitely bright enough to be a district judge and he should be because his weakness is settlement discussions and district judges don't need that strength as much as magistrates do.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2665
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Judge Francis is a good judge: smart, thoughtful, even-handed, mild-mannered and careful about his rulings. I have lost motions before Judge Francis that I strongly believed I should have won but I never felt that he did not pay adequate attention or that he prejudged the issues. I do think he is sometimes mild-mannered to a fault. I have seen him give semi-rational pro se litigants way too many chances (perhaps not fully appreciating the enormous costs that he thereby visits on the opposing party). Worse yet, he tends to act the same way with truly awful lawyers, letting the dregs of the legal profession get away with misconduct that would quickly land a more respectable lawyer in contempt of court. This not only costs the opposing party in time and attorneys' fees; it undermines their faith in the judicial system. Finally, that same mild-manneredness makes Judge Francis less effective in settlement conferences than he could be. Sometimes a settlement judge really needs to read the riot act to one side or the other (or both), but that is not Judge Francis's style. That said, I have often wished Judge Francis were the district judge on my case instead of the magistrate judge, and I hope the powers that be can see their way clear to promoting him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2123
Rating:9.0
Comments:
This is a smart, fair, and decent judge who I have no problem having him try the entire case.