Hon. Samuel J. Ragonese, Jr. See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Camden County
Vicinage 4
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.6 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 3 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. Samuel J. Ragonese, Jr.



Comment #: NJ2449
Due to the unprofessional conduct of this judge I have not only lost respect for our justice system, but it has left a fear that should have never existed. This man verbally degraded me in the courtroom and not a sole stood against his remarks as he put me down. He didn't care about the best interests of the children as he placed one child with a convicted felon that had just had an interlock system placed in his vehicle and stated that he'd personally expedite his application. He placed the other child with her father who I had kicked out of my home only months before because I believed he was abusing my son. He placed my other child with a non-relative. Both fathers have history with the law in regards to domestic violence and drug and alcohol related offenses while I, the mother, had none except a fight with a neighbor who attacked me and was no longer on my record. This man substituted his own beliefs of the best interests instead of actually applying the best interests criteria. I was told by my public defenders supervisor that they knew he was a problem and that he would be out of family court by July. My public defender denied me the right to speak in court because of this judge's conduct and it I lost residential custody of my children, who I had been the sole parent to for 15 years. All for a babysitter failing to get into the home one evening. This man did not care about the mother or woman I am. Since then, I haven't seen my son in 7 months because his father, who had been absent from his life for 5 years, has not permitted me any visitation. The other father has not permitted me parenting time alone and has also detained the child for months at a time. I have not spent one holiday with my children in the last year because this man decided that the children were better with abusive men than a mother who was failed one evening by a babysitter. My son was only months away from being 15 years old, had taken cooking classes in school and was fully capable and did handle the situation very well. It was only he and his 7 year old brother in the home. Another babysitter was there for a few hours shortly before they went to bed and left as we all expected the other babysitter to arrive between 9:30-10pm. This judge wouldn't even have my home evaluated and offered no way to be reunited with my children. Instead he gave me joint custody and my public defender said I should be happy and he didn't even know how that happened. All I know is that this biased man should not be a judge and every family court case that has been seen by him should be overturned and reevaluated. I have already found several other families with similar cases that were unjustly tried before this man. Someone needs to do something about this!


Comment #: NJ2356
judge ragonese had no interest in hearing either side of the case in my custody dispute... I was the last case of the day, and he didn't let neither of us speak our case, just demanded that we seek mediation and walked out. I have already attempted compromise with other party and had proof which he would not look at... he failed me and my child as a judge.


Comment #: NJ2145
No idea, nor the desire to hear the law, concerning home schooling in NJ. He totally denied our constitutional right to home school as well as another litigant ahead of us. Thank God there are attorneys and Judges in NJ who know & uphold these laws.