Hon. Brenda S. Spears See Rating Details

Housing Court
Bronx County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.7 - 3 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. Brenda S. Spears


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5727
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Pro-landlord. Ignores the law. Condescending, obnoxious and rude. Frequently reversed.

Other

Comment #: NY5549
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have experienced complete alignment with the landlord for the most egregious actions. I was not permitted to present my case for reasons unexplained hence the landlord's attorney was able to secure for his client business as usual with impunity. Her courtroom demeanor is aloof and cold-hearted. Her court milieu reeks with negativity and her staff clerks are rude and very inhospitable. There definitely should be an undercover observer of her courtroom and review of her rulings from a historical perspective. In fact there should be some monitory system put in place to review what takes place in these court rooms in general.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5292
Rating:2.1
Comments:
The New York Times is looking at her recent decisions, in order to do an article on her complete disregard for the law. I finally got the attention of a reporter who is looking into her long-standing history of making decisions that blatantly overlook the law in favor of landlords. She is the only judge with this reputation, and enough complaints have been lodged to call attention to her biased and unlawful decisions.

Other

Comment #: NY5281
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge should have been removed from the bench years ago. She is a disgrace to the entire NYC Housing Court.

Other

Comment #: NY5269
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Run from this judge. She gives all of the judges in the NYC Civil Housing Court a bad name. The fact that the Administrative Judge is willing to keep her on the bench with complaints filed against her shows just how far the Court will go to protect one of their own.

Litigant

Comment #: NY5129
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Spears is, without a doubt, the worst judge in the New York City Housing Court. She is totally biased in favor of the landlords, and tenants cannot even be heard in her courtroom. She should be removed immediately.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4893
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This is my opinion: this judge is both lazy and stupid -- one of the very worst combinations you can find. She practically revels in her power to elevate ignorance to judicial determinations. This person has no business being appointed to the Housing Court where she sits, and she should be removed before she hurts any more innocent people with her unlawful and ignorant determinations. I have no idea how she was found competent to sit on the Housing Court bench, unless her testing involved lots of pictures and finger paint.