Hon. Stephan C. Hansbury See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Morris County
Vicinage 10
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.9 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 4 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. Stephan C. Hansbury


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ1460
Rating:1.6
Comments:
This judge has neither the intellect nor the interest to be a good judge. He is probably counting down the days until his retirement. Oral argument always starts off with him all smiley-faced, and then he starts to slowly boil over. He will cite a trial-level opinion over a conflicting appellate opinion, and will not change his mind when told that his trial-level opinion was overruled by a higher court.

Morris County judges in general are fairly low in ability, with a few good exceptions. Unfortunately, this judge is on the "race to the bottom."

Litigant

Comment #: NJ1408
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A terrible judge! He awarded my house for auction in favor of the plaintiffs Wells Fargo, even though we were defrauded -- and Wells Fargo isn't the holder of my mortgage, Fannie Mae is. We were never served papers, despite them legally having to do so, and there was proof that we never reviewed said documents. He has no clue what he is doing when it comes to foreclosure matters, and is very biased towards the banks. Even if you have proof it was all the bank's mistakes. He even evicted an elderly couple and told them they were given enough time to get out and wouldn't let them get their remaining stuff. The poor couple had no power due to the hurricane! He rules without a conscience or heart or an idea in his head that people's lives are in his hands and his ignorance is very costly to them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ1173
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Only thing worse than losing a trial is noting within 5 seconds that in the judge's written decision there is reversible error. He must have little grasp to the laws of evidence.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ1070
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Judge Hansbury is a bad judge, but one that routinely went outside the bounds of his office. He tried to cover up evidence tampering. He disregarded witness tampering.There was evidence presented at trial that the family evaluator was receiving legal advice from my former wife's lawyer in regard to a subpoena I had served upon him by the local sheriffs office.He made a trust fund that my adversary had disappear. He made up facts and made false statements in his ruling. He is a sexist in favor of women. He mocked my disabilities, and actually wrote in my judgement of divorce that my ethnicity could not be determined at trial. That question never came up, and I fail to see how it is relevant to a divorce. It also took him four months to issue a ruling. He either lost or destroyed evidence and papers he wanted submitted to him, such as witness lists. He had a hard time following the relevant parts of the trial, I believe because he prejudged the matter. This judge is the perfect reason as why there should be an elected judiciary.

Other

Comment #: NJ946
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is an unfair judge. He favors the plaintiffs and not the defendants!!! Although defendants have full proof of documents and plaintiffs agree on the record and proof of what the defendant display are true. At the end, the plaintiffs win.
I read many reviews of this judge after my case, and found out he is very unfair!!!! If you google him online under "New Jersey The Robing Room", or Worlds most trusted Judge rating site, he is a very bad judge. Find out for yourself

Litigant

Comment #: NJ788
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He would not even give my lawyer the time of day. Of course my suit was against Wells Fargo. Why should a nobody question the BIG BANK Also it is OK if you husband cleans out an account that never had his name on it. Oh, thanks for the one count that the bank already new they were going to lose

Litigant

Comment #: NJ685
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I was before Judge Hansbury for a 1 1/2 year custody battle. Even though, in the end he ruled in my ex-husband's favor, he treated me with the utmost respect and I can say that he was fair- again, I am a woman, and lost in the end, so no bias here.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ474
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Hansbury was not able to look at my salary and make a ruling on how much I had to pay my wife while we were going through the divorce proceedings. He ordered me to pay her $1,000 more a month than I take home myself. He is a horrible excuse of a judge and never admitted publicly of his mistake. He forced me to go through 12 intensive settlement hearings and refused to make a ruling so he handed the case over to Judge Minkowitz. He is so biased and rules in favor of the woman ALL THE TIME! I will do everything in my power to see that he is not elected again!

Litigant

Comment #: NJ460
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This Judge has been removed from family court and that is the best thing that could have happened for any litigants having to deal with him. He is a sexist and if you are of the male gender, you have lost before you ever get to court. Did not listen and made bad decisions based on his personal investigation into mental illness and pending disability.