Hon. Stephen Behar See Rating Details

District Court
Suffolk County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.9 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   8.0 - 1 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. Stephen Behar


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5633
Very very very slow writing decisions. Pre-Judges matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5485
This judge does not belong in supreme court and certainly not for matrimonial cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5152
I was before Judge Behar again. It was so bad -- and sad for the litigants, the real losers. Judge Behar has gotten worse. He is as slow as molasses, and pontificates without purpose or relevancy. The talk among members of the Bar is that one can bring any frivolous motion to Judge Behar and he'll entertain it, and you may get some crazy decision, too. There's a host of decisions and case management that will shock the mind. One wonders why the Administrative Judge doesn't re-assign Judge Behar to some position where he can't do any harm.


Comment #: NY5142
Rating:Not Rated
He is a crazy judge who makes insane decisions and needs to be taken off the bench before he hurts any more litigants. He does not know the law or what he is doing. Read his decisions.


Comment #: NY4953
Rating:Not Rated
This judge was involved in my post-divorce child visitation issue, and cannot see the forest for the trees. He could not recognize a frivolous case if it hit him in the face, and he certainly needs education. He needs to read up on litigation abuse. He just wanted to get my case off of his calendar, and did not do his due diligence.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4479
If your matrimonial case gets assigned to Behar, expect it to be knocked around for a long time with delays, nonsense motions (which he will entertain and take forever to decide), etc. Real slow, and no control.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4429
No control over his docket; cannot manage or move his cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4244
Extremely slow and incapable of managing his assigned cases; grave injustice to litigants. Seems nice, though self-righteous and opinionated.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1751
Extremely courteous to solo practitioners and respectful even when you're representing a "difficult" client. You can tell he was in practice and worked for a living. Knows all of the current case law and you cannot BS him. Moves the calendar a little slower than most because he tries to give attention to each case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1103
A little slow but very thorough and evenhanded a considerate Judge who will not let a criminal defense attorney make any real errors.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY645
You have to get past the gruff exterior. He does not seem to mind a good rejoinder, but don't be truly disrespectful. I enjoy him, but he would not be everyone's cup of tea.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY553
Good trial judge, knows the law. If he was better with his calendar, he would be one of the best.


Comment #: NY528
Gets the job done with fairness.