Hon. Francesca E. Connolly See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Westchester County
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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. Francesca E. Connolly


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY8584
This judge wrote quick, sloppy decisions and then ran off to the appellate division without looking back. Wait til she sees all of her cases that are overturned by the very department she works for now. Karma is... well. you know

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6085
Businesslike, efficient, thoughtful. Not susceptible to unsupported rhetoric.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5542
Very fair and evenhanded. Excellent knowledge of the applicable law and lets the lawyer's try their cases. A pleasure to try a case before.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5335
I tried a very difficult case before her last year to verdict. I will not say there were tough arguments, some that required a lot of research on both sides. The judge read the law, researched it herself and educated herself on the issues as well as listened to oral arguments. I won some, lost some. It was an overall good experience and would love to be before her again.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5174
Judge Fran Connolly is a rare find in the judicial system. She is capable, fair and kind. I believe that she cares about family, and looks at a situation holistically. She knows that not everything is simply black and white -- it's mostly, and typically, gray. She is simply a very good and honorable judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4737
This judge lacks self-discipline. Her knee-jerk reactions lack temperance and evenhandedness. There is a lack of due process in her court. I wouldn't be at all surprised if she is tagged for corruption someday. She clearly made her decisions on the basis of ex parte maneuvering. Not an honest judge. The other side accused me of making false allegations of abuse, but the judge would not allow me to testify fully. She said she would speak to my children and didn't. All abuse was swept under the rug.


Comment #: NY4601
Rating:Not Rated
I wish that intelligent judges would stop before they accepted and amplified the hatred of women that has made millionaires of matrimonial attorneys. I wish that judges such as Francesca Connolly would have made it their business to learn about sexual abuse and domestic abuse, even to the extent of knowing that abuse is the main reason families end up in contested and highly litigated cases. She misses every obvious truth because she holds on to a hatred for women that has marked her time on the bench. I can't imagine why she hates other women. But her hatred is palpable and so is the aftermath of her biased opinions. I wish that she were more widely read. There is also an absolute lack of decorum in her behavior -- screaming, insulting, often to the point of becoming irrational.