Hon. Francis Hodgson, Jr. See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Ocean County
Vicinage 14
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.8 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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)

What others have said about Hon. Francis Hodgson, Jr.



Comment #: NJ2821
This judge has zero experience in private practice. He went from law school directly to working in the Ocean County prosecutor's office and then directly to being a judge. His perspective is neither objective nor judicial. His decisions are intended to defend the rights of Ocean County and its municipalities, not the rights of individuals or groups. He is ineffective, biased, and can be expected to disregard individual rights in favor of asserting the rights of and defending the interests of the entrenched with whom he has been associated for his entire career. He is inept and untrustworthy.


Comment #: NJ2782
Rating:Not Rated
This poor excuse for a judge cares nothing about the Law, SCOTUS rulings are a joke to him. He is biased toward pro se litigants and refuses to even understand securitization and trust law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2543
This jurist is both intellectually and emotionally ill equipped to be on the bench. The demeanor he exhibits is typical of a judge whose decisions are primarily influenced by the relationships he has cultivated with a tightly knit group of local attorneys who are adept at peddling their influence. Hodgson is neither circumspect, nor fair, nor objective, and can not be trusted to be impartial.


Comment #: NJ953
This miserable excuse for a judge, ordered a defendant to a drug rehab and then VOP'd that person when they didn't appear in court, due to the rehab 'dropping the ball' failing to alert the court that the defendant was in the drug rehab, he ordered them to be in. The defendant completed the program and was waiting for a bed in a long term drug program, when they were arrested and put in the Ocean County jail. Stabilized on Bipolar meds for the first time, the defendant was cut off from medication and went through violent physical reactions. Then after a month, finally is brought before this 'piece of garbage' judge and he tells the defendant they have a choice of 'Drug Court' or sitting in jail till whenever; instead of releasing her to the 9 month program that now had a bed for the defendant, which Hodgson was well aware of.
He should be sentenced to sit in the Ocean County jail for 5yrs. and eat the food and keep company with those he has put there.....both deservedly and undeservedly.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NJ300
Daddy's boy with two years on bench. Will not make Senate confirmation. Owns a million dollar house on water in Surf City. Where the money comes from is anyone's guess; daddy's connections or married rich - not sure. Does not come on bench before 11. Seen hobnobbing with Prosecutor's often. Definitely a frat boy that got a nepotism job that he clearly can't handle. Another politician in a black robe - mediocre white mail at its finest.