Hon. Stephen L. Petrillo See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Essex County
Vicinage 5
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.7 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Stephen L. Petrillo


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ4586
The judge has the most thankless job in the judiciary running the busiest hosing court docket in the state. Now that housing court is back in person full time I have observed him handle every kind of housing case and a good number of other sometimes complex civil motions in between. He can settle just about any housing case as has more patience with many self represented people than I can fathom. He talks to people in a way that really tries to engage them (though I think he’s wasting his time sometimes). The judge is really into his job. He knows that law and he seems like a friendly person. He’s respectful to everyone and the regulars in housing court, lawyers for tenants and landlords, all really seem to like and respect him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ4499
Not nearly as smart as he thinks...


Comment #: NJ3303
Rating:Not Rated


Comment #: NJ3293
Be based my case on a unfair stipulation which was invalid and evicted me and my four kids out of our home. He apologize to the court when he never hurt the court he hurt me. Took money pain and a psychologist to gett my apartment back. I’m permanently scared

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ3187
A breath of fresh air in Essex. Very few landlord tenant judges have the patience or interest or willingness to put time into routine eviction proceedings. This judge invests a lot of effort making sure it's done right and listening to the lawyers and the parties. From my perspective that level of attention is usually a waste as many defendants don't deserve the amount of time he gives them but he lets everyone be heard. He expects everyone to be prepared and he knows the law. It's a very professionally run court room.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NJ3182
He is stupid doesn't know what hes doing and his secretary is his cousin, nothing like a little nepotism.