Hon. Peter Kelly See Rating Details

Surrogate's Court
Queens 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY13094
Rating:1.0
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He is abusive in his style. He should revisit what he leaned in kindergarten about manners and treating people with respect. He is emboldened by his black robe to think his behavior is acceptable. I am sure he would never act this way outside of court. In addition to his abusive style, he is also one of the less intelligent judges I have ever encountered. It's a disgrace that he is a judge. There is nothing noble or "judge-worthy" here.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY13008
Rating:1.0
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`Another political hack who got the job for the wrong reasons. More concerned about moving cases than getting them right.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12885
Rating:1.0
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Arrogance reigns supreme with this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12867
Rating:1.0
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Don’t expect to be treated with dignity and consideration in his courtroom. He lacks basic civility skills.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY12857
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Suffers from an advanced case of Black Robe Syndrome.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12725
Rating:1.0
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Unfortunately, there is nothing honorable about how this individual became a judge or how he acts on the bench. He should be ashamed of himself.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12699
Rating:1.0
Comments:
While some people teach you who want to be, other people like Judge Kelly teach you who you don't want to be. People like Kelly who teach you who don't want to be actually provide some of the more lasting and memorable lessons on social graces, professionalism, human dignity and the importance of acting with decency, courtesy, respect for everyone, and integrity.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12665
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree with all the other comments people have made. This is an awful judge with an awful demeanor.

Litigant

Comment #: NY12628
Rating:1.0
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Peter Kelly doesn't know the law, is not motivated to enforce the law and has no relationship with the law. He is a hot dog vendor from Shea Stadium who is now the Queens County Surrogate — a shamelessly inept disgrace.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12553
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst judge I have encountered in decades of practice. Childlike behavior on bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12502
Rating:1.0
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Terrible temperament, bad judgment, lazy, and pre-judges cases. Unfortunately he "learned" from Nahman who was also a disaster.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12462
Rating:1.0
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This judge and court is so dysfunctional, ill-mannered, and a political quagmire that my office refuses to take cases under its jurisdiction.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12423
Rating:1.0
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A good judge de-escalates tensions in the courtroom. This judge does the exact opposite. When Judge Paul Feinman recently died, he was remembered as having great humility, being warm, and being personable and respectful to the bar. Unfortunately, this judge will never be fondly remembered by the bar. Attorneys when speaking about this judge never have anything nice or positive to say about him which is all you need to know.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12271
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible Judge. Classic case of a political hack who somehow got a position of authority without any aptitude for it. His behavior is bizarre, intemperate, and an embarrassment to the judiciary and legal profession. He should be ashamed of himself and take a hard look at himself in the mirror.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12149
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Lacks judicial temperament. Never practiced law and is the result of his and his sister's political connections. Consistently disrespectful towards attorneys. Ignores basic principles of law. His staff is equally bad as they are often rude, inconsistent, and petty.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9443
Rating:1.0
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He is more occupied with the Queens Democratic Party than he is with his job, His frivolous requirements for the content of papers submitted is ridiculous, often requesting immaterial and irrelevant material instead of dealing with the basic facts. His staff is worse than he is, making petty objections to minor errors. His practice of requiring clerks to reject papers upon discovery of the first mistake is ludicrous. The clerk should go through the entire set of papers, offer suggestions, and then return the papers for correction of all mistakes, not just the first one discovered. The former chief clerk Gribbon was no winner either. She had an excellent mentor in Violent Katz, but ignored her advise. The inefficiencies and incompetence of the Court personnel can be traced back directly to her and Kelly. If at all possible, stay out of Queens County Surrogate's Court.
I had an administration proceeding in front of Nahman, of a New Jersey resident, that was going no where. Went to New Jersey, and received Letters of Administration is three (3) days, and the Judge called and apologized that it took so long. This is the kind of judiciary that NYS needs, not a bunch of clowns.