Hon. Margaret Goodzeit See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Somerset County
Vicinage 13
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.1 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Margaret Goodzeit



Comment #: NJ4311
Doesn't even attempt to hide her bias for/against litigants. Why should she? She doesn't HAVE to! She is condescending, rude, downright mean and verbally abusive. She threatens, persecutes, and retaliates against anyone who dares to expect that their civil rights be upheld in an American court.She abuses her office, and makes a mockery of her position, and of the "justice" system. This woman is a disgrace. Her courtroom behavior was unbelievable; at times screaming at lawyers and litigants, throwing her pen in the air and storming out of the courtroom shouting "adjourned!" She manipulates oral arguments and then "misinterprets" what was said in the courtroom in her written orders. She should NEVER be in a position of power over other people, for she abuses that power and will wield it to destroy anyone she wants to. There are no checks and balances within the court system(except in name only), so she does as she pleases with no oversight, and therefore, no consequences. Judge Goodzeit should be disrobed, defrocked, disbarred and investigated for corruption and kickbacks. She is angry and unstable-a very dangerous combination when you give her a little power over many innocent people's lives.


Comment #: NJ3451
Rating:Not Rated
She is awful. Biased. And does not follow the rules and laws.


Comment #: NJ2868
Extremely poor. She has no respect for anybody. She gave a hard time to my husband and to our attorney George Veitgarden of Ocean County. She should be disrobed and off the bench. She does not deserve to be a judge


Comment #: NJ2164
Seems unphased and almost unaware of the her corrupt behavior and breaking the law with frequency


Comment #: NJ1387
Rating:Not Rated
This judge takes shortcuts by having off-the-record discussions.