Hon. Carol Berkman See Rating Details

Supreme Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.6 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 5 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. Carol Berkman


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Litigant

Comment #: NY5309
Rating:8.0
Comments:
The Honorable judge heard my case some two decades ago. At the time I was running rampant in a mass of public nuisance. In that I broke this trust disobeying everything that I was taught as a child. I was scared to death when I heard about Part 50 her perch of justice at the time of which she passed to her colleague Alvin S. But I must say she epitomizes justice and for a woman to stand up to a male driven premise of a farse should be exalted not condemned. The people she chastised deserved it and she had the guts to stand up and be counted. Live long, your Honor.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4304
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Her unrelenting mistreatment of the lawyers who appear before her is a disgrace to her honorable profession. I used to work for a private criminal defense attorney. He is a big, tough guy. He tries cases all over the country. He always made me appear in Justice Berkman's part when he had a case pending there. He just couldn't stand the abuse.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2763
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The fact that both defense lawyers and prosecutors have both given her negative comments on here speaks volumes. Her only goal in life is to make people miserable.

Other

Comment #: NY2584
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She demonstrates all the qualities of a person in need of therapy and supervision. She verbally abusive and threatening to everyone that appears before her. Attorneys are lax in their defense of her clients, because of unethical and erratic temperament. She displays periods of narcissism and delight in a controlling manner which is pre-judgemental and arrogant towards all defendants and their attorneys in a manner that dictates what will be tolerated as a sentence without any understanding of the case before her! It's clear to everyone inside and outside her court, she is the sole judge and jury. There are attorneys that are barred from her court. This is truly a case where the justice system has failed and has allowed this detestable situation to prevail. We might as well be living in a dictorial third world nation.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2580
Rating:1.0
Comments:
As a criminal defense attorney I have appeared before her on a number of times. I have found her to be vindictive, inconsiderate and demeaning towards counsel, both prosecution and defense. she should never have been reappointed.

Other

Comment #: NY2322
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Cruel to a fault. Behaves bizarrely,totally unkind and nasty.

Litigant

Comment #: NY1441
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Cruel to a fault. Behaves bizarrely, as if she has auditory hallucinations. The more powerless the defendant, the more aggressive the judge becomes. Retirement is not an issue -- her age has made her no more unkind or nasty than she has been over the years.

Prosecutor

Comment #: NY912
Rating:4.4
Comments:
This woman needs to retire. She exploits the courtroom for her own amusement with no respect for the law despite her intelligence.

Prosecutor

Comment #: NY547
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Definitely a very smart judge who knows the law. However, she suffers from arrogance, having an ego larger than her courtroom, and a compulsion to oppose the requests of lawyers that might make her appear soft. She paradoxically tries with every breath to portray herself as unconcerned about the thoughts of the attorneys in her courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY125
Rating:6.3
Comments:
Judge Berkman is brilliant but so pro-prosecution and so bored with her job that she often comes across as a nagging old crone. She tends to favor handsome men over women in almost every court situation. Female attorneys beware!

Other

Comment #: NY123
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Her disposition is appalling. She berates people without reason.