Hon. Marcia L. Silva See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Middlesex County
Vicinage 8
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* 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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Litigant

Comment #: NJ2938
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She recently presided over my son’s juvenile matter. I was surprised when she said she only been in juvenile for 11 months because she seemed very competent. She was compassionate and patient. She even apologized to our family for being a few minutes late coming out on the bench, which our attorney said he has never heard a judge do. Going to court with our son was a horrible experience but this judge made us feel very comfortable. We really believe she cares.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2896
Rating:Not Rated
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Doesn't know the law. Needs to be removed from the bench. Biased against DADs. She'll say your a disgruntled parent to hide what she's doing. She lies on the record and in her rulings, ignores evidence and just bitter she's in a lousy marriage. She's been married multiple times. If you're a man don't get a lawyer. She thinks it's payback for what her x did to her.

Other

Comment #: NJ2707
Rating:Not Rated
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refuse to follow case laws and her oath as a lawyer and judge. Lies on the record. If you're a male and minority she thinks you subscribe to MACHISMO so watch out. Constantly violates fathers rights because her pension is tied to the amount of fraudulent orders she signs off. I wonder if she has innocent people sitting in jail since she's a former prosecutor. NICE GOING CHRISTIE putting a BITTER --- on the bench. FAVELA VAGABUNDA.

Other

Comment #: NJ2679
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I always thought a judge would have to look at
All the evidence presented to her. I guess our
Court system has changed this judge rules on what she thinks she believes to be right. I
Want to say shame on Gov Christie for appointed
A judge who came out of a bad marriage and put
Her on as a family court judge just to get what he
Wanted so sad for all the good men who come
Before her she is very biases. I have to say to
All who do go before her you can lie in court she
Has no respect for purgery in her court it' ok to
Lie!!!

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2592
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I found her to be caring and compassionate. She listened to both parties, cut through the bs easily and made a fair ruling. She tries to settle matters often but when that doesn't work she will make a ruling.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2551
Rating:Not Rated
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Horrible human being. Former prosecutors shouldn't be in family court. Lies on and off the record. Her staff says nothing for a paycheck. Angry woman who's life is in shambles so she's taking it out on any man that comes thru. If you're black or brown watch out. Only reason she's a judge is because of political connection in Trenton.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2281
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I was blindsided by my ex when in court for another issue and was smacked with an order to show cause before walking in the courtroom. He had a lawyer since he knew what he was planning to do to me and I did not, as I was not prepared for what he was going to do to me. The judge immediately saw him as the "better party" because he could afford a $500 an hour lawyer, and made an opinion on me. She cut my parenting time with my 8 year old girl from 60% to 13% because all I can afford is a one bedroom apartment and my ex was able to get on low income housing and had two bedrooms. She allowed my ex to claim that he makes $33K a year, when he actually earns $34 an hour, that would be equivalent to about 15 hours a week of work. She did not deem this a under-employed.Though 8 years ago when we divorced he was capable of making $50K a year. She was nothing but degrading to me the entire proceeding, and has put an 8 year old girl in the hands of a father that only wants her for the money. I get an hour with my daughter 2 times a week and every other Friday and Saturday night. How that is in the best interest of an 8 year old girl I don't know. Apparently in the eyes of this judge a wall between beds is more important than a daughter being with her mother. I have lost ALL faith in the legal system due to the power given to this inexperienced judge, who has forever changed my life as well as my daughters.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ2106
Rating:Not Rated
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Fair and kind. I am a man and was surprised by her ruling. I have been brutalized in Middlesex county family court for 4 years. Silva was the first judge to rule in the best interests of my child. Lord Bless Judge Silva and I pray she stays on the bench.

Other

Comment #: NJ2019
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Sexist, biased, does not know the law she is suppose to enforce. Will not enforce prior court orders (including her own). Cannot handle complex issues. If you are a man going before her, keep it at an elementary school level.