Hon. Matthew E. Frechette See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
District Court
New Haven County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.0 - 7 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* 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=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Matthew E. Frechette



Comment #: CT718
Rating:Not Rated
Too early to rate in most of the categories. Will revisit this review later if possible, but wow, first impression: not a nice person, condescending and insensitive, cynical. Cruel even

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CT628
He is well-prepared and asks informed questions. He stays focused on the issues and merits and doesn't get distracted. Certainly one of the better state court judges I've appeared before.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CT570
Recently mediated a case, listened thoroughly and weighed everyone's point of view. Proposed a solution neither party had considered. Both sides pleased he was willing to spend the entire afternoon with us.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CT564
He's always prepared, sometimes more than the attorneys. He will consider strong arguments that are presented clearly. He stays involved throughout status conferences and pretrials and will help with difficult clients.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CT552
Tends to be conservative. I agree that he is a bit condescending. Thinks very highly of himself and is not shy about sharing his conservative ideology. Not great if you're a plaintiff, or if you're not in his clique of trial lawyers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CT547
Rating:Not Rated
Had a pretrial with him this week. He is a smartass...slight case of Robe-itis...not the worst I have seen but still there. He was condescending and more concerned with scheduling rather than settling it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CT299
I don't know where the previous comments are coming from but this guy is a total rube. He knows less than nothing and acts like he is the smartest man in the world. Poor decisions that are hastily written with little research.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CT225
Smart, industrious, not afraid to decide tough legal questions. Does his homework. Good civil judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CT44
He's a nice guy. He's smart, hardworking, fair and prompt. We could use more judges like him.