Hon. Terry Paul Bottinelli See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Passaic County
Vicinage 11
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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. Terry Paul Bottinelli


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2204
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The WORST judge I have ever appeared before in 20 years of practice. No respect for lawyers or the fact that clients have paid to have their cases argued. Allowed for little to no oral argument. Lazy, rude and argumentative. Not a lawyer's judge. I guess he forgot what it is like to have to explain to your client why the judge wouldn't listen to any of the arguments.
Sad state of affairs for the Bergen County Family Court!!

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2203
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Worst judge ever! Did not red the papers despite putting case off for months. Not only was he unprepared, but he was also rude, nasty, and pompous to the litigants and the attorneys. A very close-minded, and sexist man. Shameful that he is a representative of the NJ court systems. It is a sad state of affairs that he passed muster before the judicial committee. He should be removed from the bench!

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2199
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Embarrassment to the robe.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2197
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree with the last reviewer!! I was about to write the same exact thing. Judge Bottinelli is never prepared for any of his motions. He reads nothing. He prepares for nothing. Rather, he sits on his "throne" and screams and yells at everyone; including the lawyers. He is irrational and totally biased. I saw him high fiving a defendant in the hallway-- unprofessional and disgusting behavior. He needs to be moved out of family court ASAP!!! Rather than make decisions, he uses his power to make rude comments to the litigants. Horrendous and horrible

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2196
Rating:1.0
Comments:
OMG, the last review is so obviously from a relative or friend.

Read all the papers? Maybe the newspaper. He didn't read anything that was sent in days before our hearing.

He was soooooo rude to the lawyers, talking down to them, cutting them off, acting like he was the king of the castle.

But inreality is he's just another lawyer who had some political connections after doing someone a favor, and then he was anointed - oops, I mean appointed.

He clearly doesn't have the credentials to be a family court judge, after being an ambulance chasing attorney, and a small town judge, who ruled on such important issues as dog bites and moving violations.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2195
Rating:10.0
Comments:
He read every single page of all of the papers and even did his own research. Extremely well prepared and thoughtful. An excellent judge, we need more like him!

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2188
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Epitome of condescension
Nasty. Rude. Impatient . Lazy. Obnoxious. Belligerent. Mean.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2184
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst judge ever!! Rude, lazy and stupid. Very bad combo in any area of the law; but especially in the arena of family court. It's a sin he's on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2182
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
needs some training in family law and the dynamics of dealing with high conflict family matters. If he is so worried about the best interests of the children---conduct an in camera interview. Very disappointed in his inability to address the issues. For a judge who is supposed to be concerned about the children, he did noting at all to help them. Very disappointing

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2181
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Pompous and rude to both attorneys and litigants. Condescending and impatient. Did not allow attorneys to speak. He should not be on the bench; in particular the Family Part. No sensitvity to crucial family issues. Disappointing....

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2180
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Should be removed from the bench; not cut out for this job. Showed no ability to reason. Acts like dictator. This is America not some third world country.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2177
Rating:1.0
Comments:
His demeanor was very interruptive and disallowed for any true oral argument. Cut the attorneys off "at the knees". Not a lawyer's judge. Appeared angry and bitter.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2176
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He should be known as Terry the Terrible. He was critical and rude and utilizes his authority as a judge to dispense "parenting advice" rather than do his job. He is truly tyrannical. Terry the Terrible Tyrant.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2175
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
terrible judicial temperament. Very one-sided (for the man)
Mean-spirited; very nasty and rude despite dealing with issues of a very personal nature.

Sorry for anyone who has to appear before this man.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2174
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible judge, no ability to reason at all. Flippant and rude. Very angry. He is also chauvinistic. Good luck to any woman/mother litigants. He makes personal verbal attacks on litigants and can do so because he is "the judge". Embarrassment to the legal profession. Shame on him!!

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2173
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Disgraziano!!

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2172
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrible excuse for a judge. Condescending, rude and very sexist. I filled for help with custody and he did nothing but make rude comments. He did nothing to help; this caused me to have to file a subsequent restraining order against my ex as I was in danger. He HATES women--if you are a woman, please avoid his courtroom at all costs as you will spend a lot of money and get no results. Disgraziano!

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2087
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Unethical - should be disbarred. Learn more here:

bit.ly/JonVersusTheJudge

Other

Comment #: NJ2062
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Staff is absolutely Incompetent. Scheduled our case which we were told by the Honorable did not need to be heard. Wasted a day off on a matter his law clerk fumbled.
Condescending attitude. Likes to hear himself talk. Don't need to hear his parenting advice.