Hon. Cynthia Kern See Rating Details

Civil Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.2 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   - 0 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. Cynthia Kern


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5854
Rating:9.0
Comments:
The comments to date are likely disgruntled lawyers who didn't prevail. The fact is that Justice Kern is highly intelligent and at the same time practical. She is very careful in her questioning and expects lawyers to be both candid and knowledgeable. Moreover, she is decisive and that's a critically important trait in this court. So in fact she is entitled to high marks.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5168
Rating:2.5
Comments:
This judge is not knowledgeable about the law. She does have a nice personality, though. She is pro-defense, and tells you that it's because plaintiffs never appeal her when they lose. She does way too much off the record.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4970
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Judge Kern had absolutely no command of the field of law regarding my case. She ruled contrary to established precedent. She said that I could cite cases if it made me feel better, but that her mind was made up. She decides issues that opposing counsel does not even raise.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4069
Rating:3.7
Comments:
Complex legal issues seem to befuddle this otherwise pleasant and charming jurist. Not much thought or analysis goes into ant decisions.