Hon. J. Machelle Sweeting See Rating Details

Family Court
New York 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. J. Machelle Sweeting


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY13533
I have been practicing law for over 30-years and this is by far one of the best Judges on the bench. She is VERY well prepared and reads EVERY thing prior to argument. She is a professional and a model of court room decorum and preparedness. To my pleasant surprise, she reads every brief, memorandum of law and filing and will refer to the page and even the footnote of your pleadings which is a rare skill and VERY impressive. She refers to every attorney and party by name and makes a dedicated and committed effort to ensuring that everyone's name is spelled and pronounced correctly on the record which is a moment of pride for lawyers like myself who have names that are difficult to both spell and pronounce.
She is a pleasure to watch in action and several visitors and members of the public were in court when I was there and like me, there were in awe of her mastery of the law. On the one occasion I appeared before her in criminal court, she was the only Judge to hold the most meaningful preconference that set the tone of the court to the delight of all who appeared before her. This Judge is truly a star model of justice. She should really be on TV.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12670
Useless in the City part- does nothing to advance the case which Corp Counsel loves, goes beyond to duck judicial responsibilities - a ghost as she is never available for conferences - this is why cases linger forever

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY11897
Rating:Not Rated
I was extremely disappointed with this judge J. Machelle Sweeting. She ignored every petition I had regarding the abuse I had endured by the hands of my husband, allowed my daughters to stay in that same unhealthy enviornment and contributes to the prolonging of justice where my daughters should have been reunited with me and instead joined in the mutiny on motherhood with the vicious lawyers who could care less whose lives they destroy. Black women mothers lives matters and so do their daughters. I do not think judges like this should even sit on the bench. We need judges not afraid to rule righteously even if they stand alone as they should on those decisions. Unfortunately judges who do more harm than good seem to get promoted.