Hon. Miriam R. Best See Rating Details

Criminal Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.8 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Miriam R. Best


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4008
One of the worst parts to go to in the Bronx. She is nasty, rude to the core and very pro prosecution.It takes hours to get anything done in her court room


Comment #: NY1321
The previous poster is a prosecutor - no wonder s/he thinks Best is a good judge. She's good all right - for prosecutors! Fact is, Best is right up there with the worst of the worst pro-DA judges.


Comment #: NY649
A very good judge.


Comment #: NY346
The ironically named Judge Best is definitely unpleasant. I dread covering her part. That said, at least she is equally nasty to both sides. Oh, and to the person who was annoyed that she called you up to the bench to complain about your outfit: I think more judges should make it clear that the way certain defense attorneys who work for agencies without a dress code come to court is inappropriate. I've seen her call defendants out on their outfits, too. Well played on that one, Judge Best.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY65
She is the most pro-prosecution judge I have ever been in front of. And she is extremely unpleasant. She once called me up to the bench just to tell me that she thought what I was wearing was inappropriate for court.