Hon. Craig S. Brown See Rating Details

County Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.8 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Craig S. Brown


Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY11965
Judge Brown is one of the hardest working judges in New York. He is fair to all sides and has a passion for justice. Judge Brown has had a number of published opinions, including decisions involving the recently passed bail reform bill. Judge Brown's decisions have been a common sense approach to the implementation of the bail reform bill. Other judges can look to his decisions in order to adopt his insight and direction on bail reform and how to implement the bill with the most common sense and in a judicially sound way while attempting to ensure public safety.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY11756
Judge Brown is always working. Whether he is trying to resolve your case before trial or using the full day to hear as many witnesses as possible, Judge Brown keeps your case moving forward. Despite this, he is still able to work with lawyers on scheduling issues and will not hurt the lawyers with scheduling. The Judge knows his evidence rules and is fair. He listens to both sides of every issue. Good judge to be assigned for a trial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY11755
Handed a complex civil trial fairly, swiftly and without any issues. Spent time discussing problems with the lawyers when they arose so that each party felt that they got a chance to be heard. Evidentiary rulings were consistent and correct. Also was flexible with scheduling issues. Excellent trial judge.


Comment #: NY11739
Judge Brown is one of my favorite judges out of over a hundred judges I have appeared before in my 16 year career. He strives to do well and make the right decisions because he appreciates and cares about his position in the criminal justice system. He is extremely intelligent and scholarly. He is always willing to research and learn about new laws or issues in the law. He never hesitates to take on a challenging task or case. He is friendly and personable but also firm and direct; a perfectly balanced temperament for a judge. He has a very strong work ethic, and it shows in his ability to handle a high volume of cases and that he is consistently punctual on the bench. If I ever become a judge, I know that his exemplary judgeship will be a high standard that I hope to achieve. His staff is also remarkable and dedicated to their employ, which speaks volumes for the positive atmosphere Judge Brown has created.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY9522
Judge Brown is a credit to the bench. He is intelligent compassionate punctual and treats all in his courtroom with respect. He does the job well!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9338
a pleasure to try case before this judge.
Knows evidence.
Actually reads your papers and the cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9334
One of the hardest working, balanced, and professional judges I have every had the pleasure of appearing before. His ken of the law is matched only by his zeal for fairness and pursuit of knowledge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9331
Super trial judge. Excellent experience trying case before him. Worked hard, treated everyone with respect and fairly, was consistent and knew the law. Hope he gets an opportunity to try more civil cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9281
Judge Brown and his staff were fantastic to work with. There were numerous scheduling issues with experts for both sides, and the judge accommodated everyone. He did so while still running an extremely busy criminal calendar, and making sure that the jury's time was not being wasted. His rulings were well reasoned and did not favor either side. I do not try many cases in. Orange County, but would be happy to be assigned to Judge Brown's Part for all of them, fully knowing my client will be afforded a fair trial before a fair trial before a judge who understands the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9061
Caveal, the jury found that the defendant was 75% responsible for the happening of the incident. My review is not based on the outcome.
I was supposed to be on trial before a different Judge, who was tied up with a trial. My client's matter was transferred to Judge Brown, and it was the best draw I could ask for. He is hard working, smart, and pleasant to work with. A trifecta for any trial attorney. I look forward to my next trial befor him.


Comment #: NY8781
Even though Judge Brown has only been on the bench for a little over a year, a recently retired judge who appeared in his court said he should be teaching other judges on courtroom demeanor. He listens to both sides and considers all arguments before making a decision. He recognizes that there are victim's rights, but he is also fair to the defendants who appear before him. He even acknowledges the people who come to watch the cases in his court-letting them know that it is an open court and they are always welcome to watch. Judge Brown is an asset to Orange County and the court that he presides over.