Hon. Joseph L. Rea See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Middlesex County
Vicinage 8
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.4 - 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. Joseph L. Rea


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2465
An absolute disgrace to the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NJ1454
He is a horrendous judge and lacks the skills needed to be a good judge. He lacks grace and dignity, and tries to abuse his power as a judge to settle cases. His ways are weird and lack logic. Our system permits judicial appointments due to political connections more so than on merit, and that is a tragedy. Judge Rea is a product of politics and not merit.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ1432
He is very good judge. I was involved in a case where he made a 180-degree change, based on my oral argument.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ1170
Cannot agree more with the comment on 1/3/2013. It is amazing that he got tenure


Comment #: NJ1153
Not knowledgeable or familiar with our case or the law. Should not sitting in civil court and making decisions that involve substantial money damages.