Hon. James P. Punch See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Orleans County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.7 - 1 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)

What others have said about Hon. James P. Punch


Court Staff

Comment #: NY3149
Rating:Not Rated
I worked for Punch for more than ten years. I am completely convinced he is suffering from antisocial personality disorder. The man is a bully who made my life hell as an employee and eventually led me to quit my job, but not after I at one point suffered a nervous breakdown and was on medical leave for three weeks. He gave me a performance evaluation of 'poor/unsatisfactory' which I appealed, and won, but his toxic and vicious treatment of me eventually came to the point where he stopped me from receiving a promotion in another court. Shortly after that happened, I quit because I did not want to have to go back on antidepressants. It's not just me - his personality is legendary. Other people know about him, but no one ever runs against him in the elections and so he is never replaced.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1508
I observed Hon. James P Punch yelling at, mocking, and insulting both defendants and defense attorneys on multiple occasions. He is certainly not unbiased or fair. This judge is clearly unfit to be on the bench. He is running rogue without any oversight whatsoever. What makes this so terrifying is that Punch is the ONLY judge for Orleans County, presiding over Criminal, Family, Supreme and Surrogate courts. This is an outrage!