Hon. Carol MacKenzie See Rating Details

Family Court
Suffolk County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 6 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. Carol MacKenzie


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5574
Rating:5.6
Comments:
Are you kidding?! When a third-party comes forward alleging exparte communications, you have to question her impartiality. Not a poster child for the legal profession.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5290
Rating:9.3
Comments:
She is an excellent judge. She is fair to attorneys who are prepared and competent. She keeps trials moving, saving litigants both time and money.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5006
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Why has the court administrator not changed the antiquated system, as this judge is now in Matrimonial Court, stranded there forever, perhaps as a punishment for the parties? Nevertheless, this angry, bitter woman holds no proper allegiance to the robe given to her, or to justice itself. It's laughable, frankly. Why hasn't some attorney -- frankly any one at the top of their field, and there are so many great ones -- taken her down yet? Her temperament amounts to judicial misconduct. Truly, she embarrasses the profession. The longer that we allow her to continue to berate us, the more we deserve it. I'm retiring soon myself, but this woman deserves the Stern Commission. I've heard her screams of bitter anger from the courtroom. For whom is she performing? Who is she scaring? She hates life, clearly. Why make us all suffer? Why our clients? If it were Criminal Court, it would be simpler. But here there are children involved. Some kind of law guardian, to stick up for your child client. Seriously, dispense justice. Judge Crecca, where are you? Please do something. This is disgusting. She berates everyone that she can, just for the fun of it. Undignified isn't even the word for it. And now the rumors fly. Huntington is the place to be for the handouts now. And why did she recuse herself on this most recent case? It smells so rotten because it is so rotten. Justice, please.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4492
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Incredibly rude and disrespectful to parties, even when they're on the witness stand, which is very intimidating. Disregards protocol, evidence and law and does what she wants. She may have been OK at one time, but that time is long gone. She is too mean and jaded to offer fair decisions anymore. We should be very fearful of judges like this, as they are a hazard to our communities.

Litigant

Comment #: NY4316
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge is very unfair, decides cases before hearing testimony and evidence, favors some attorneys over other, and has no regard for pro se litigants. Her behavior in the court room is downright rude. Her courtroom is not an environment that supports truth, fact or the best interests of families. A woman with this amount of experience should not be so easily manipulated by unethical attorneys. She should know better than to take them at their word, yet on so many occasions accepted attorney rhetoric as fact even when testimony and evidence was presented to the contrary. She allowed situations to continue that blocked significant income to our family seriously jeopardizing our marital estate and the welfare of our children. She is bitter and angry and has no place making important decisions that significantly impact families in our communities.

Other

Comment #: NY3617
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge very simply does not follow the law, but her whim or more to the point whose side she favors politically. She jailed a man for not paying his support despite the law that says you can't do a contempt hearing without first exhausting all remedies...it is very clear...but not only did she jail him but simultaneously gave an alternative remedy after his 60 days in jail. Now the wife, a $100k wage earner does not follow the law, no valuation of her license, no use of the Ordered pension appraiser and the wife in complete violation of federal law called the IRS and changed the address of the husband's mail to her private post office, and the Judge did nothing. Apparently, she doesn't like the husband, so in violation of the law, he goes to jail but when the wife, whose attorney clearly is within Judge Mackenzie's "radar" violates federal law or even the Order of the Court (remember husband went to court for allegedly violating an order) Judge Mackenzie says "so what...." This judge told the Referee to rule against this man, despite the evidence presented and in an ironic twist claimed the wife's witness, one Chrystal "very credible." Problem is..this Chrystal now arrested for stealing money from this man at the very time the wisdom of the court found this girl "credible." Referee, Judge Mackenzie..finding a felon credible...why? fit what they wanted to do despite the law. Time for the press to take a good look at what this judge is doing, federal law has been deliberately violated with the knowledge of Judge Mackenzie and she did nothing. Looking forward to hearing about her relocation perhaps to landlord tenant court at night in Riverhead. Be wary of this woman who abuses her power. And upon her election to this public post, like all judges are immune and are free to do whatever they want without repercussions, and so she is.

Other

Comment #: NY3397
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
As an Iraq Veteran, 911 survivor and Father found in a lengthily litigious custody battle. I found the Hon. Carol MacKenzie without a doubt was thorough, fair, and above all placed my children's best interest above all. No matter what the status quo or what other judges would or would not do this judge does the right thing. No one can ask for more than to be given the opportunity to be treated fairly. This judge is a leader not a follower and makes the tough decisions. We need more like the Hon. Carol MacKenzie on the bench.

Other

Comment #: NY3393
Rating:Not Rated
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Dishonorable MacKenzie is not a judge, Judges sift evidence, hear both sides, attempt to be fair and actually pay attention to what witnesses say, not what she wants them to have said. MacK should not only be forced to step down, she should be disbarred. A petty despot who hates women and cozies up to counsel who flatter her in chambers [and possibly out], her decisions are so one-sided that one would expect bribery but for the simple fact that this is unnecessary. MacK virtually announces winner and loser even before trial, and not all the legal firepower in the world [to say nothing of masses of evidence] will sway her from backing up her original prejudice with a Soviet style show trial. A disaster on the bench, MacKenzie is to justice what Stalin was to democracy. On top of this she has the manners of a fish wife. If lives weren't in the balance, especially those of children, Carol MacKenzie would be a one-woman comedy. Alas, she is --single-handedly-- the difference between comedy and tragedy. In a just world she would appear as plaintiff in her own divorce --before herself.

Litigant

Comment #: NY3392
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Only gave her a 1 because there is no ZERO. This judge is biased, bitter, woman-hating, and completely uninterested in justice. If she decides she doesn't like you, she will ignore anything might not support her prejudice. She will drive your attorney crazy, and she will leave you feeling totally abused. And beyond simple unfairness, she will look for any opportunity to outright hurt you. She is vicious. If you get this judge, do whatever you can to get reassigned - move to another county if you have to.

Other

Comment #: NY2965
Rating:Not Rated
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What a bias judge. She should be ashamed of herself. I wonder how she looks at her own eyes in the mirror. Goes to character every time. I wonder if she thinks of my child and how she ruined their life based on age old laws. She is so scared to lose her position and her pension. Sickens me. Politics until the end. Next time I am in your court room, DO NOT say to me "It is in the best interest of the child". Unless, of course , you are willing to take that child under your care. You get a second job, because one job is not enough to pay the bills. How dare you take away my parental time with my child. You reap what you sow, May God forgive you.

Litigant

Comment #: NY1555
Rating:1.0
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This judge was clearly biased and she was a poor judge of character. She did not question a witness who had an obvious financial incentive to make false statements. She was shown a picture, which was used as supporting evidence, but never looked closely enough to see that it was taken several days after the incident in question. Her conduct was in fact misconduct.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY578
Rating:9.8
Comments:
A very fair judge. Has proven her ability in Criminal Court, Family Court and now Supreme Court. Can preside anywhere and be excellent. Actually gets it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY304
Rating:2.9
Comments:
This judge is not very judicial. She shows preference for one litigator or party over another, stretches the law to reach her personal conclusion, and is not even-handed. She is one of the worst judges I have appeared before.