Hon. John E. Harrington See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Burlington County
Vicinage 3
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.1 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 4 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. John E. Harrington



Comment #: NJ3215
Dishonorable. He ignored obvious violations of statute. He knew details of mediation sessions which are supposed to be secret. He was arrogant and clearly biased against litigants that were not represented by a lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, run and get one or Harrington will crush you regardless of what is required by statute.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ3094
Worst Judge in the County. Will not offer a fair or just verdict for the public. Needed to go years ago.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ3016
Judge Harrington is incredibly fair and well-prepared. He is also practical, efficient, and encourages litigants to reach resolutions whenever practicable. He also seems to takes his time with pro se litigants, who seem to generally heard first. I really appreciated his candor and demeanor.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2799
Heavily political and steeped in cronyism favoring attorneys and defendants with creative yet erroneous conclusions.
Citizens do not get a fair hearing at all and he loves to play the delay and frustrate game. Very much look forward to his retirement and good riddance.


Comment #: NJ2490
Harrington is a mad hatter on his bench and he seems to like it that way. The less anyone knows what is going on in his courtroom the better seems to be his modus operandi. He has utter contempt for laymen before his court, preferring to dupe and bully to legitimate resolution. He had a clear conflict of interest in our case but chose not to recuse himself. The man is 100% ego and 1% integrity.


Comment #: NJ925
He should do what he does best Family court.


Comment #: NJ374
Judge Harrington is a well balanced Judge. I think they should bring him back to the Family Court, and keep him in the Family Court for as long as they can. He understands family issues, and he can spot a player (husband or wife) from a distance. He is a real down to earth Judge, who no matter what, he always rule in the best interest of the child.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ172
Runs special civil in a very efficient manner. His staff is accomodating and polite. Treated pro se litigants with respect. Courteous to the attorneys appearing before him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NJ113
A true lawyer's judge.