Hon. Mary K. Costello See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Hudson County
Vicinage 6
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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. Mary K. Costello


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ4682
Still does not understand the role of a Chancellor in the Equity Court. She has allowed litigants who she finds to be in the wrong to reap the benefits of her unsound decisions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2748
A good example of a judge who is burnt out. Takes it out on the lawyers, makes faces at motion hearings if she does not like your arguments and speaks in a condecending fashion. She routinely denies discovery extensions in an effort to clear her docket quickly. Like alot of other attorneys, I'd rather file in Bergen, Essex or Union to not have to deal with her nastiness. This is why she has Judges sitting around with no cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2745
Judge who looks to punish attorney.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2606
Couldn't agree with the previous post more. First time in her court and she was abusive and unprofessional.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2590
I have only had limited exposure to this judge, and possibly she was having a "bad day" at the time. However, I can safely say I have never seen a judge behave less appropriately on the record, making unfounded accusations against counsel she had no prior contact with (aside from the pending application), and generally behaving in an actively hostile manner on a simple consensual discovery extension. Possibly she is more even handed other times, however, in this instance her conduct was border-line unhinged.