Hon. Terrence J. McElrath See Rating Details

Family Court
Richmond (Staten Island) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.9 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 7 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. Terrence J. McElrath


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Litigant

Comment #: NY4774
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge McElrath and his law secretary should be disbarred, arrested and placed in prison for flagrant violation of the NYS Public Officers law, child abuse and criminal racketeering.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3632
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The officers of the NYS Court Administration who placed him in the Family Court and deciding childrens fates must be tried along with Judge McElrath for child abuse.

Litigant

Comment #: NY3595
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He runs a closed courtroom and often has his law clerk Karen Cortes run conferences as proceedings where she says "I am the Judge now" and there is no record of her/his illegal orders. Worst is that he regularly abuses my child with parentdectomy alienation. How could anyone hire this bad man.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3554
Rating:1.0
Comments:
McElrath must be placed in prison for all the families and children he has destroyed. He is a criminal who disregards facts and law to gain federal incentives for child support enforcement and millions of federal dollars for himself and the State of New York. Prison is the only place for him and all of his Orders must be recinded.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY3480
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Totally abuses the public trust and should be fired.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3390
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge McElrath uses all the dirty legal tricks that add to the number of single mother households and abuse children. He uses his law secretary calling it "conferences" (often exparte with CLC)instead of having much needed open Court proceedings with parties. He seldom writes written orders so he cannot be appealed. Never has hearings before handing out lucrative 'supervised visitation' and 'mental health professional' jobs which are supposed to be based on a finding of "abuse or neglect" and not some crap about "best interest of the child". All he cares about is money and should not be granted "immunity" in federal actions against him because he (NYS) collects so much federal money for visitation, child support enforcement and domestic violence that he is misusing/processing/taking while he abuses parents and children. He must be fired as well as the CLC he conspires with. He is the worst Family Court Judge.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY3372
Rating:1.0
Comments:
An absolute MONSTER! Why is working in this Family Court.

Litigant

Comment #: NY3362
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge McElrath is running a 'Kids for Cash' operation like Judge Ciavarella who was sentenced last year to 28 years in prison only his scam is to collect Federal moneys for the State. In the process (and it certainly is not an ethical or lawful process) he abuses children. Judge McElrath must be investigated, disbarred and held accountable along with his law secretary Karen Cortes who regularly unethically and illegally holds exparte meetings with the State appointed attorney for the child where the cases are decided. The Childrens Law Center for child attorneys is a manhating feminist lawfirm doing unethical and unlawful actions every day which abuse children and parents.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3360
Rating:2.8
Comments:
My case was called when I was in the bathroom as I was sick the day of my court appearance. I did show up on time. My case was the first case of the day and I was being represented by an atty I had never met before. After five minutes I came out from the bathroom to learn from a friend that he saw my husband's atty and the law guardian walk out of the court with a man. I ran over to the court officer and was told that my husband was awarded custody by default. I WAS IN THE BATHROOM AND THAT MEANS THAT I LOSE CUSTODY OF THE CHILD I RAISED ON MY OWN SINCE BIRTH AND NO VISITATION AWARDED??? McElrath on the bench = SHARIA LAW!!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2974
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Unethical, corrupt, dishonest and abuses children.

Litigant

Comment #: NY2886
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This person brings shame on the Judiciary and the court system. He should not have the honor of being called a judge. He is a criminal. He tore my family apart. He showed contempt for orders of the supreme court and the appellate division. Why does OCA coddle him and protect him and ignore the devastation he leaves in his wake. Transferring him to Brooklyn was not an appropriate offical response to his malfeasance and misconduct. The Patrick Alford wrongdoing is the tip of the iceberg. The Staten Island Advance was right to rake him over the coals. He should have been sent to Riker's Island to sit on a bench in jail instead of causing more mayhem to families in another borough.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2790
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is very impatient and rude with litigants and attorneys.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY2661
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I know. This guy should have been placed in prison years ago. He uses children to enrich himself and the State he works for.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2615
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This guy is not working on Statin Island anymore as he is now working in Brooklyn Family Court. And in reality his Law Clerk Karen Cortes and the Childrens Law Center is doing all the work in his name.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1017
Rating:5.3
Comments:
Not very respectful to female attorneys, while nice to the guys, even if they show up unprepared or are bad lawyers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY726
Rating:5.9
Comments:
Definitely prosecutor-friendly.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY647
Rating:6.8
Comments:
Indecisive and overly cautious.