Hon. Christopher D. Rafano See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Middlesex County
Vicinage 8
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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. Christopher D. Rafano



Comment #: NJ2381
Extremely poor. My lawyer failed to show up and this judge would not allow me to postpone the session to get proper representation, which is a violation of my civil rights. He also seemed to have a bias relation to my ex's lawyer.He should be removed from the bench before he ruins other families. I called Trenton and gov. Chritie appointed him to the bench. RUN from this judge! If I could give a zero I would!!!!


Comment #: NJ2235
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Rafano is by far the best Judge in Middlesex County. He doesn't tolerate people who lie to him. He has excellent demeanor, listens to the facts of the case and rules appropriately. I only wish he handled my divorce, I probably would have not spent over 2 years in litigation. Judge Rafano is handling post judgment matters for me. Family Court is extremely difficult especially when your dealing with people who lie endlessly and try to take advantage of the court system. If he is your Judge, and you are honest and sincere, you will have a great outcome. Good luck.


Comment #: NJ2232
Judge Rafano does not follow case law, even after it is spoon fed to him. He is bias and does not put facts above his own personal feelings. He does not care about domestic violence or the welfare of children, his only objective is not to keep a father away from his children regardless of the facts presented to him. He uses bits and pieces of the law to support his rulings. I hope he realizes when something bad happens to the women or children it will be on his hands. He is a disgrace to the judicial system and I will write to every oversight comite, regulatory agency and newspaper that will listen. You must remember at the end of the day he is still only one man who answers to someone. He is not the Law and he can be brought down. I pray his ruling in my daughter's case is over turned on appeal which is a strike against him. It does not look good for them when one of their cases is over turned. I hope he runs for public office one day because I will be sure to oppose him.


Comment #: NJ2227
A judge is suppose to listen to the facts and be unbiased and he does not. I hope his is removed before he continues to do harm.


Comment #: NJ2226
read the other reviews and agree. I am still dealing with him. I don't know if he is misogynistic,racist, incompetent or all. The Ex was lying, when I told Rafano he was lying he looked and him and said are you lying and he said no. Rafano then looked at me and said he is not lying. I said I have proof etc. and he said not now. Told him the ex submitted fraudulent tax income Rafano ignored me. Another time when I had a lawyer she told Rafano that he was showing prejudice against her client (me)and he totally blew her off. She later explained to me that he is biased against people who have lawyers because the other person can't defend themselves as well. I dropped her, I couldn't keep paying her and it made no difference to him. It didn't matter what I submitted to the court he doesn't read it doesn't care.


Comment #: NJ2111
Judge Rafano slammed me in Family Court. He is a disgrace to the bar. It's Ironic, one of my female friends had the same issue and her attorney was from Hogan & Longo as well. My ex-husband lied in every order to show cause, and my daughter told the Guardian ad Litem the truth. Rafano, with his lack of knowledge of family law forbid me to see my child. He discriminates against me. I've been left with no choice but to file civil suits against all parties involved.


Comment #: NJ2016
This new judge shows signs of bias,and doesn't seem to want to work well with people who represent themselves. I can't even get an oral hearing with him, plus I don't think he looks over the important facts of my case. He even went and changed the $30,000 imputed income that the divorce judge ordered against my ex wife and lowered it to $18,000 all based a fraudulent tax return, my God she didn't even report my $13,000 in alimony. And the biggest joke is the C I S my ex spends $39,000 a year this in her own hand writing, so how does this happen. I will never give up, even if it means going to the appellant court. The truth of my ex's crimes will come out.