Hon. Peter J. Melchionne See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Bergen County
Vicinage 2
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.9 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Peter J. Melchionne



Comment #: NJ1443
This judge should be removed from the bench. He is a biased individual who doesn't care about what a mother has to go through in order to protect her children. He applauds deadbeat fathers and continues to allow them to get away with everything possible. He applauds the deadbeat fathers who lie and manipulate, which makes it so that they can get all of the things that they don't deserve to have, and more. How can this judge be on the bench and continually do this? What matters most are the children. He doesn't care about any child.


Comment #: NJ1159
A one star rating is too generous for judge Melchionne.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ1032
This Judge is corrupted and completely out his mind! This judge needs to be removed from the bench now before he does anymore damage!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ951
Should be removed from the bench. Completely bias. It is a shame this man represents our legal system. Though no legal system is perfect, it would be a good start to can judges like him before they do to much damage.


Comment #: NJ936
Another attorney called this man a "Rogue Judge". He does not seem to bother to fully read motions or pleadings and clearly dsiregards case law and fact. He makes up the rules as he goes along. I am amazed that no one seems to pay attention to all the complaints he has received. He is a shameful, but perfect example of why we should not have political appointees at the local level. Corzine appointed him, we all know where his lack of judgement got him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ922
Absolutely shocking. It is unbelievable such a judge has been there. Constantly smiles and winks at counsel he sides with. Sits quietly giggling while he fabricates outrageous decisions based on any allegation he hears simply to coerce a litigant to forfeit. Not sure what is really going on behind the scenes with this judge.


Comment #: NJ857
This man has caused me to have no faith in our justice system. Complete narcoses, bias, Corrupt and should be removed from the court. Smiles and winks at female council that he sides with. Interesting! Makes up numbers and conveniently forgets, omits or changes testimony in his final rulings. Imputed twice the income that I earn and awarded heavenly against me with regard to equitable distribution. Valued my failed business so far from reality and court order me to pay limp sums I frankly do not have. This man should be punished for his extreme bias and erroneous ways. What goes around comes around. It will come back to haunt him when I get done with him through the legal system. I hope he reads this. He will know h
who I am. how could he not remember such screwing someone so bad?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NJ553
This judge absolutely missed the mark. He allowed a child to lose all visitation with his loving and capable father because of uncorroborated stories from the mother, who has a history of mental illness. She also extorted money from her ex before she would allow visitation, which was recorded and witnessed by non-partial parties. He is a train wreck waiting to happen. I am not sure how effective a judge is who allows a child to be raised by a woman such as this, and keeps a stable, fit father from his son. If she will "sell" visitation to a man whom she claims has a drug problem for just a few bucks, how can she be believed in any instance? Ridiculous and sickening.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NJ345
An excellent Judge and an example to all. Its a shame that other Judges in Bergen County do not follow Judge Melchionne's lead.