Hon. Catherine Bartlett See Rating Details

Court of Claims
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   8.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Catherine Bartlett


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY8503
Rating:Not Rated
A child in black robes. Suffers from distemper. Hand writes absurd orders, schedules, admonishments which resemble manifestos. Uses "stars" and threatens sanctions. Utterly ridiculous. Why would anybody put their clients fate in her filthy hands. She should be impeached.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7253
the worst

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6804
I happened to be in this Judge's part with a colleague. I had the opportunity to watch the Judge finishing up and ultimately resolve a complex trial. While I listened to the oral argument and discussion, I was extremely impressed not only with her understanding of the legal issues but more important, she was attentive and truly concerned about the litigants. Yes, many Judges are liked and/or respected by the lawyers, but it was truly refreshing to observe the Judge's deep concern and care for those citizens who had come before her seeking justice.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY6239
Fair. This Judge sits in Orange County. Civil term. She moves cases. Her decision are right on; never lets motions go undecided past 60 days (other Judges go years without decision). Knows rules of evidence. Keeps Richardsons on bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5044
I recently saw that the Court of Appeals in the Jenack case unanimously reversed the App. Div. with a 7-0 vote to reinstate the decision of Judge Bartlett. This is the second or third time that she has been vindicated in the Court of Appeals. She gets the job done. A recent dismissal which angered one of the lawyers, came back for a full trial and was a jury trial dismissal. Those who want to argue with her seem to have their own political agenda. She is a great judge, and I hope that she keeps up the good work. We need more judges like this one.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4514
Horrible judge. Does not understand or follow the law. Has bizarre political ideas which waft into her decision making. Her law secretary seems to do all of her thinking for her. Likes to rant and rave over nonsense. Very poor judicial temperament. Gets away with her silliness due to political connections. Not well qualified at all.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4392
Has no business being a civil trial judge. Pre-trial when she can fall back on her law clerk, generally you will get the right result but on the bench when she has to act on her own, she makes up the law as she goes along; refuses to acknowledge existing case law or even to follow the CPLR. Horrible judicial temperament, is condescending and rude.


Comment #: NY3313
Rating:Not Rated
A tough but well prepared jurist. The person below who lambasted her, likely was not prepared. If you are not ready on your case, don't go to court. She is tough, prepared and well-qualified. If you want your case to move, you are in the right part. Very law and order oriented, made the prosecution work and prove its cases; which they resented. Do your job well and you will do well with this fair-minded jurist. It's that simple.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2510
Finally, a Judge who is prepared. She knows each case and has read her file and notes before the calendar is called. She is very tough, but very fair. You want a trial, you got it. I don't know of another Judge in the State who tries more cases than Judge Bartlett. If we had more jurists like this, cases would move expeditiously throughout the 9th JD and NOT just in her part. Wonderful. Her Clerk is ver smart and her staff is very professional. It would be nice if they gave her a court room.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2133
I have known this Judge for many years, first as a Prosecutor, then as a defense attorney, a local court judge and now a Court of Claims Judge and Acting JSC. She is hard working, fair and as professional as they come in this business. She is a tribute to professional women everywhere and she is an ideal role model for young women who strive to be the very best. Whomever put her on the bench, knew what they were doing....a great jurist.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2132
An excellent jurist. Very nice woman, extremely professional. Keeping the DA in check may have upset some who were looking for the easy way out, but she always fought to see that justice was served. Isn't that the mark of a true jurist? Would appear before her on any matter and be confident that my client and I would be treated fairly and with dignity and respect.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1563

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1439
Rating:Not Rated
Recently got an experienced, smart law clerk. Be prepared to answer to law clerk who runs part- which is a plus.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1087
One of the worst judges on the bench. Very biased against police and constantly fighting with the District Attorney. Her only "qualification" for office is that her husband is the Orange County Republican Party Chairman. She should be removed from office.