Hon. Donald Scott Kurtz See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.3 - 9 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Donald Scott Kurtz


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5782
Rating:8.8
Comments:
I've grown to really appreciate Judge Kurtz as being one of the best judges at settling cases there is. He understands the strengths and weaknesses of each side and utilizes them effectively to get attorneys to settle. He is also probably the most civil and respectful judge in a trial assignment part in the city.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5781
Rating:8.8
Comments:
I've grown to really appreciate Judge Kurtz as being one of the best judges at settling cases there is. He understands the strengths and weaknesses of each side and utilizes them effectively to get attorneys to settle. He is also probably the most civil and respectful judge in a trial assignment part in the city.

Litigant

Comment #: NY4915
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I was falsely accused of vandalism. There were no eyewitnesses, or video either. A previous judge wouldn't even hear the case, and threw it out. My accuser tried again and got Judge Kurtz. Who ever hears of a vandalism case where the judge announces at the start of the trial: "We're not going into motive." Can you say "done deal?"

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY4912
Rating:1.4
Comments:
He is extremely biased in favor of the plaintiff bar. He is also condescending to, and dismissive of, female attorneys who appear before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3455
Rating:1.2
Comments:
He is extremely prejudiced toward the prosecution and does everything imaginable to find in their favor. Asking certain questions, not asking others, Makes no effort to get to the facts, and ignores evidence not supporting his pre-determined verdict.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1679
Rating:9.1
Comments:
I echo the below comments:

Comment #: NY1459
Rating:9.0
Comments:
He is a nice guy, even handed, great temperament. Puts fair and full value on cases. He is great at JCP.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1459
Rating:9.0
Comments:
He is a nice guy, even handed, great temperament. Puts fair and full value on cases. He is great at JCP.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY1377
Rating:7.9
Comments:
He is ok, I guess.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1045
Rating:9.1
Comments:
A very fair judge, experienced in the realities of practice in Kings County.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY814
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is very pleasant and respectful to lawyers and goes out of his way not to hurt anyone. I've settled many cases with him, but I've also done some footwork by pre-negotiating with adversaries. A far cry from the worst TAP judge ever.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY681
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Worst TAP judge ever. He does not seem to understand that his job is to settle cases.