Hon. Debra Shopteese See Rating Details
District Court Judge
District Court
Suffolk County
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.9 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   9.0 - 1 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. Debra Shopteese


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MA613
I can't say enough great things about this Judge. I've known her from her days with the Committee. She was an excellent defense attorney and she's an excellent Judge. There is something very noble about the manner in which she presides over cases. Hope she doesn't retire anytime soon.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MA507
A completely pragmatic and fair judge who does not stand on formalities or technicalities. She is respectful of everyone. Unlike many other judges, she does not eyeroll or express exasperation at arguments counsel make. I think her respect for parties leads to better outcomes. Focused, as judges should be, on rendering justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MA444
Deeply impressed by Judge Shopteese's investment and dedication to her caseload, and to the parties involved. Judge Shopteese did not let important matters get rushed, even if it meant extra explanation to a pro se litigant. Count yourself lucky to appear before Judge Shopteese.


Comment #: MA408
Judge Shoptease. Was very professional, was very concerned about the facts of the case and took extra time to confirm the facts were true and warranted what I was requesting. Clearly she is not influenced by "others" in the system and rules on facts, not who you are. (Or who you think you are and what you think you are entitled to get away with). I believe she is new, I just hope she stays the way she is and doesn't get caught up in the "politics" because there needs to be more judges like her out there, ones who so not care who you are and will rule on the truth/facts.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MA406
Even tempered, very polite. A pleasure to work with. Smart and actually reads the material you submit.