Hon. Russell J. Passamano See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Essex County
Vicinage 5
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.7 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 2 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Russell J. Passamano


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ4430
This guy is disgrace. Nice guy. But he just does not rule on motions. Unoppossed motions will sit for months. I mean that. Months. discovery dates will lapse because he just will not rule on pending motions. He cannot handle a docket. He should be removed from the bench for either incompetence or his sheer laziness. Cases get stuck because he wont rule on things for so long that the parties cannot proceed. Plaintiffs will break the rules, and one would think to file a motion...but it by the time he addresses it...it is too late.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ4302
Horrible. Nice guy, but he almost never actually heres Oral Argument on the return date, and frequently reserves judgment. Then you wait months, I am not exaggerating, months for him to release pretty bare bones opinions. Do not count on motions be ruled on in a timely fashion, even when they are unopposed. Return dates mean nothing. Months will go by before vital motions are ruled on. Calls to chambers, written letters, get ignored. Cannot manage his docket.


Comment #: NJ3973
Although he initially appeared to be competent and concerned, over time Judge Passamano became hostile to one party and showed a glaring lack of professionalism. He ultimately made decisions based on anecdotal information from one party, totally ignoring documents and facts.


Comment #: NJ3800
Love this Judge ?? very fair Judge nice temperament knows what he's doing and wasn't one sided he was fair to both parties, you are lucky if you get him!!!