Hon. Chad N Cagan See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Monmouth County
Vicinage 9
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.3 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 8 rating(s)
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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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ4589
Rating:1.0
Comments:
As an attorney, I am appalled at Judge Cagan's general lack of knowledge and the inability to act professionally. He presided over three of my friends' and two of my colleagues' divorces. With each proceeding, he proved to be worse that the one before. It is fitting that he was removed from family court. He is angry, probably at his own inability to grasp logic. He fails to read any submissions or listen to attorneys' arguments. I have watched him and am horrified.
With one of my friends, who is pro se, he admonished her for not having an attorney. When she advised that she could not afford one and that her husband was in control of the bank accounts, he said that she was dumb, and that after 30 years of marriage she should have her own bank account. He told her to get an attorney anyway. Thankfully her case was transferred.
With another case, he followed no guidelines, and awarded money without any documentation. He yelled at the litigants and the attorneys and never allowed anyone to make an argument. Thousands upon thousands were spent on the preparation of the motions and he clearly read nothing. If he doesn't want to do the job, no one is forcing him to do the job.
It is sad that regardless of how many negative reviews and complaints are made against him, he continues to be employed by the Monmouth County Vicinage. A careful review of his decisions, especially those that were made after he learned of his transfer, should be conducted. I understand that this is a burden for the court, but shouldn't justice, not an ignorant man's decision prevail?

Litigant

Comment #: NJ4537
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Chad Cagan approaches the bench, he spends about 30 minutes making a proclamation (speech) wasting court time, he loves the sound of his own voice. When he has individuals that both have attorney's and should be handled first, he could care less. It doesn't matter how early your attorney files his/her certification he isn't going to read it. He reads as he goes, he does not read well. He comes off confused and misses crucial details. He totally disregards domestic violence or proof of child abuse, he is pro white, wealthy male father despite his decades of drug use, proof of molestation of a child, he only cares about the litigant that is wealthy,male and white. He believes all women are after a man's money, that is all he see's and in his rulings he cites cases where women seek a man's money even when that is not the motive whatsoever for the particular case he is trying. He doesn't look at the ages of the children in fact he doesn't even mention the children he doesn't know how many children you have, their ages, their gender...

He favors out spoken aggressive attorney's and he rules on these attorneys accusations without the burden of proof.

If this is your judge and you are battling a rich white narc, he is going to ruin your life.

I have read that he allows abusers to continue to have contact with children even when there is an extreme burden of proof, the consequences are documented for his bad judgement, one case a child was almost beaten to death after he denied the validity of a mother's claims.

He is a mess, he has made my life a living hell.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NJ4536
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Not willing to listen to me (the female) disregarded me sometimes completely

Court Staff

Comment #: NJ4511
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Doesn’t even get basic facts correct on record,, Ill informed to the detriment of children, does not enforce court orders despite relentless custody interferences by parent, run don’t walk away from that toxic family court before you loose your children
Dangerous to families dealing with parental alienating behaviors.

Other

Comment #: NJ4505
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrific,abusive,uninformed

Other

Comment #: NJ4504
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrific,abusive,uninformed

Other

Comment #: NJ4503
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrific,abusive,uninformed

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NJ4481
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Dangerous and ill informed Judge, can’t even get the facts straight, part of the problem not the solution in the failing Monmouth County Family Part, I’ve listened in on many of his cases & he further adds to the permanent separation of children from legal guardian parents.

Other

Comment #: NJ4470
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Crusty Crab Cagan needs to retire. He acts like a big baby, throwing a temper tantrum. He reads off the laws as fast as he can like anyone can even understand him. He should be absolutely ashamed of himself & I honestly don’t know how he sleeps at night. He has absolutely ZERO compassion for victims of domestic violence. He let the abuser get away with even more abuse. Both white men… coincidence? I think not.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ4409
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Looked confused had to keep looking things I put in my motion because he didn’t read it. I lost a lot of time with my son because of his incompetence. Then he tells me to be patient 7 months of not seeing my son and I have to be patient. Try reading a motion for a change! If you are a DAD and he’s your judge head for the hills.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NJ4408
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Ill prepared, great at quoting laws but not upholding them. He sucks up to the lawyers and if you don’t have one he speaks down to you. Made a decision in my case that made no sense. Don’t know where he got his law degree Facebook U.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ4406
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Ruled on things that make absolutely no sense. They go against common sense. This “ judge” was confused on a previous ruling . He never read my motion, and was extremely disrespectful and thought he was smart quoting laws that made no sense. If you are a dad and this guy is assigned to your case you might as well not show up.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ4207
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Claims to base decisions strictly on facts meanwhile he is bias and clearly focused on emotion. Defendant was late to the only court appearance without reason or extenuating circumstances and still granted him a pass to proceed. Defendant had two months to file a counter but waited until the court date after a failed attempt at mediation to grant an unnecessary adjournment. Upon returning for the second attempt at court, defendant was late again and once again granted a pass to proceed after I had waited for several hours with my attorney. Forced into mediation again only to later proceed to which emotion dictated his version of events and disregarding all factual evidence against the defendant and prior history of non-compliance. Worst experience thus far with family court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ3952
Rating:1.5
Comments:
After reading half the submissions into the record, Judge read his decision, making findings without a trial, based soley on motions. Took three hours to render an opion. Changed portions of a Consent Order, without reason. Praised one side openly and effusively, after readig negative material into the record. Cruelly criticized the other party without basis, after reading unbiased material into the record. Openly biased with personal opinions relfected in decision. Took a meaningful consent order and created a one sided win, without testimony or a trial. Thirty of practice, never had such open bias on the record.