Hon. Joan Kohout See Rating Details

Family Court
Monroe County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.4 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 8 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. Joan Kohout


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Other

Comment #: NY4925
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I am a victim of this horrible judge. She should be removed from the bench in disgrace. 19 years ago, I was 12 years old, and appeared in front of this sorry excuse for a human being, who sent me away to Hillside after I was scared to go to school after witnessing another kid at school being stabbed to death. I can still hear her say to me that "being scared for my life is not a reason not to go to school."

Other

Comment #: NY4760
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She should not be a family court judge. We teach our children to obey the law and to look to the law for fair answers. But if you have this judge, she has her own agenda. She gives quick answers, stops the defense continually, and makes her own laws.

Other

Comment #: NY4759
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge makes up her mind prior to trial. She does not give equal opportunity to the defense at all. She states that she knows the law, but what she says, goes.

Litigant

Comment #: NY4276
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst judge ever. Always favors the men has for years,allows them to lie and cares nothing about the children at hand,will not look at evidence and makes stupid decisions.children do not get justice they have to live in neglect because she wants to rush on to the next case.yet she claims to be in organizations for children she is their downfall.

Other

Comment #: NY4239
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Attorney grievance committee. We should all report this woman.

Other

Comment #: NY4210
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Many, many foster parents will not take a child if their case is with Kohout.

Other

Comment #: NY4209
Rating:4.0
Comments:
Its embarrassing to watch her side with the defendant when everyone else in the court room can see that the defendants have lied and continue to lie despite face of multiple eye witness accounts and solid evidence.

An honorable judge would call them out, point out the contempt of court and demand the respect that an American court room deserves.

She is not helping anyone truly help themselves or their children.

I am embarrassed for her and for the people of Monroe County that she is supposed to work for.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3880
Rating:5.3
Comments:
Judge Kohout has an agenda. She is stubborn and inflexible, and will not hesitate to place a child in harm's way if her misperception of a parental "right" might be implicated. Be afraid, be very afraid.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3786
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The worst judge on the Family Court bench. A living advertisement for why people without children should not be Family Court judges. When asked for a pretrial conference, she stated, "I no longer have time for meaningful pretrials." Hmmm. Perhaps we cold have a meaningless one, then?!

Awful, awful, awful. Decisions border on cruelty, delivered with a plastic smile.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3592
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The government should look into this because it has gone way too far and innocent children are being placed with the wrong parent including my grandchild, maybe she doesn't like kids in general and is just doing this for employment but seriously she needs to open her eyes and see that she is ruining these babies lives turning them into future drug addicts,criminals and domestics. Violators like the deadbeat father she gave my grandchild to!!!!!!!!!.

Litigant

Comment #: NY2689
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is awful! she took over my husband's custody case from another judge (he was awarded full custody 3 months prior) and is attempting to completely overturn all rulings. she views herself more as a god than working in a court room under the eyes of god! she should be ashamed. she is repeatedly ruining childrens lives. zero regard for the children and their wants and needs. also zero regard for law guardians and their input.

Other

Comment #: NY1883
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I sat in the court with family. This judge made my stomach sick because she just abruptly waved off anything litigants had to say. I was especially taken aback about her clear disregaurd of the child! She appears deaf and has a chilled disposition. Even the lawyers were stumbling their words when they tried to talk in her court. Very frightening experience when you are looking for answers and help. Nobody thinks she is fit to judge in the family court.

Litigant

Comment #: NY1882
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This woman is as cold as ice. She should not be working with families. She is abrupt and as rude as can be. She has no care for the child. I do not get why she is a family court judge...who voted for her?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1865
Rating:1.7
Comments:
This judge sucks. She puts children in a box with the lid closed. No listening skills....selective listening at best. Makes her own rules and to hell with the law. Brick wall, cold as ice. How is she a family court judge.....gross...her court is a circus...simply a puke fest. God save the children from her.

Other

Comment #: NY1864
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
AWFUL! She has no regard for the welfare of children. What good is a judge who does not look upon a situation with her eyes open and her mind closed? She is a failure to the children she should be protecting!!This judge needs to be removed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1395
Rating:2.9
Comments:
Awful, simply dreadful. No clue of how families are supposed to work (no kinds of her own, etc). Difficult, autocratic, and barely civil much of the time. This judge is the sole reason that no one brings adoption proceedings in Family Court in Monroe County--everyone goes to Surrogate's Court (concurrent jurisdiction in adoption matters)--because this judge gained a reputation for protracting and screwing up uncontested adoptions. Simply terrible.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY159
Rating:6.1
Comments:
Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful. Narrow-minded, inflexible, mean-spirited and anti-adoption, while hiding behind a facade of brittle civility.