Hon. Carol Robinson Edmead See Rating Details

Supreme Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.6 - 11 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. Carol Robinson Edmead


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY8456
Rating:Not Rated
I practice much personal injury law, and I've had a few conferences and substantive motions before her. She is biased against plaintiffs, and the plaintiff's bar. She will dismiss on summary judgment, if any way possible. She will provoke petty fights with lawyers in the courtroom, whenever possible. Do a reversal search of her, on Lexis, or some other computer search, and you'll see that some of her decisions are so foolish, that the 1st Dept just doesn't reverse her, they reassign the case to another judge. If you have a borderline case, settle before defendants have a chance to move for summary judgment, because she never misses a chance to dismiss.


Comment #: NY8366
Rating:Not Rated
This judge is unfair and appears to make decisions and assumptions without facts. Is pro-slum landlord, in the face of clear facts that prove landlords guilt. She needs to not make assumptions of litigants based on false narratives with no proof. And stick to the law and facts, without injecting personal bias.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7364
Judge Edmead was assigned to try a complex case that had been pending for some time. She quickly grasped the issues and applicable law, and worked to resolve the matter. She was even-handed with both sides.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5800
I would not give this judge the remote, never mind a gavel. An imperious martinet with no sense or judicial temperament. Decisions are awful, unnecessarily lengthy and usually wrong. Terrible jurist.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5477
Justice Edmead is one of the most thoughtful and incisive judges in New York. Her opinions are always scholarly and thorough, and her habit of reciting the parties' arguments in her decisions before discussing her analysis shows that she thoroughly reads and understands buth sides' arguments before rendering a decision, which many judges don't.


Comment #: NY4898
This judge displays extreme bias, and has no dignity in the courtroom. She yells and screams, appears distracted at times, and talks to court officials while a witness is on the stand.


Comment #: NY4481
Rating:Not Rated
"It's not a matter of bias"? Oh, she certainly can have the appearance of bias.

I've seen her simply re-write the law in favor of one litigant, with a decision courteously referring to that litigant as "Mr." X while referring to the other litigant merely as Y (last name only -- no "Mr.").

I've seen her ignore her own chamber rules in favor of that same litigant.

Indeed, I heard (from a reporter) that one of the major news periodicals had her chosen for an article entitled "The 10 Worst Judges of NYS", but for unrelated reasons the article was never run.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2816
Cranky and ridiculously rule-bound on discovery stuff. Though, if you pique here interest, you can get a decent opinion out of her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1658
While her temperament can be strident, I disagree with the other commentators on her knowledge. A quick Westlaw search of last three years will show about a 90% affirmance rate. I had a 3 week trial and found her to be a capable jurist. There were occasions where I felt she was too insulting to the trial attorneys but certainly no more than most NY County Civil Justices. And she was generally right on the law. Moreover, on one incorrect ruling she came back 2 days later stating that I should re-make my motion in light of her further research.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1411
Very nice judge but she hasn't a clue as to the law. Gets reversed routinely.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1037
Nice to deal with in person, but not smart and doesn't make much effort to understand the issues. It's not a matter of bias -- she gets things head-scratchingly wrong in both directions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY824
A horror in a bad hairpiece. Ill-tempered. Issues inconsistent decisions, that often misconstrue the law.