Hon. Johnny Baynes See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.7 - 7 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. Johnny Baynes


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY8957
My heart dropped when I saw that oral argument of a complex case involving multiple motions and cross-motions for summary judgment was assigned to Judge Baynes. He made no effort to review a any of the papers and or even to understand the basic underlying law - the plaintiff had to actually read the statute to Judge Baynes, who was incredulous that the plaintiff would have the nerve to sue one of the parties (who is subject to absolute liability under the plain terms of the statute - if one bothers to read it). This is the laziest judge in Brooklyn (which is saying something). Even worse, his law secretary was unwilling to educate herself on the law, either. It's my understanding that the judges can send complex cases to the pool of staff attorneys for review. Why parties should be subjected to this judge's bumbling, incompetent and biased actions is beyond me. Bring on the appeals... I wouldn't trust this judge to oversee a grade school baking contest.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7977
I had the displeasure of appearing before Judge Baynes on a summary judgment motion. He makes no effort to read the motion papers - he simply shoots from the hip with his gut reaction to what is presented to him at oral argument. Even worse, he doesn't allow the parties to have their say. He zeroes in on what he thinks is important and then dresses down anyone who tries to correct his misunderstanding of the facts/issues. He tells the attorneys at the outset that they should be prepared to submit a short-form order either granting or denying the motion, so he doesn't even try to hide the fact that he is giving short thrift in making these decisions. I understand this is mighty convenient for him to simply deny a motion because there is a "question of fact," but what kind of jurist doesn't bother to read a dispositive motion? This is shameful and he does not seem to have the legal capability to oversee traffic violations, let alone cases involving complex issues. Be prepared to appeal, this judge is a blessing in disguise for appellate lawyers. Too bad his blatant pro-plaintiff bent means defendant litigants have to bear the cost of his ignorance. What does it take to bring this to the attention of the Administrative Judge?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7496
Didn't seem to understand the legal arguments.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5297
What gives him the right to make up the law as he deems fit? He is an absolute ignoramus.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5104
This judge is incredibly stupid! Did this man even go to law school? He is clueless. He will never grant summary judgment. He has done more to increase the amount of appeals to the 2nd Department than anyone before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1378
Judge Baynes moves through trials quickly and fairly, doesn't have much tolerance for time wasting or other nonsense.