Hon. Bernadette Bayne See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 22 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Bernadette Bayne


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Litigant

Comment #: NY5631
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She's corrupt to the core. Brooklyn might be the "it" borough, but its courts are the worst. She doesn't rule according to the law. She doesn't even bother to read or write anything and has clear favorites before the case is even presented. Hum? My first experience with the court system. Now I know why people have no faith in the system.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5624
Rating:1.8
Comments:
I am a trial attorney, and have appeared before most of the Judges in Kings County Supreme Court, including several trials before Judge Bayne. I think I have a pretty thick skin. But when I think of trying a case before Judge Bayne I shudder. She is inconsistent in her reasoning, temperatmental and irrational, also condescending and not very bright -- a lethal combination that makes any appearance before her cringe-worthy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5584
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Incompetent, rude, selfrighteous,indignant, imperious,bizarre, don't even begin to describe this judge. When assigned to her all I can say is abandon hope all ye who enter here. . . Why don't judges have periodic basic competency exams.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5313
Rating:4.3
Comments:
She is proof that once one gets the robe, by hook or by crook, there is little if any real oversight by the Court system. Anyone who sits in her courtroom for more than 5 minutes knows this is an abomination. Letting it go on for years is the worst of it. She is the best argument for privatizing the judiciary.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5259
Rating:2.3
Comments:
I agree with all of the other comments on this judge. Aside from being disinterested in actual legal arguments, she is rude to the attorneys, tells people to shut up in her courtroom and has no understanding of the law or its application. But for her clerk -- who is incredible and is fair -- every decision that she would ever write on her own would be overturned.

Other

Comment #: NY5220
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is abusive and ignorant, and ignores the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5167
Rating:2.3
Comments:
If it weren't for her clerk, Adam Zucker, this part would be a nightmare.

Litigant

Comment #: NY5133
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She refuses to listen to litigants who do not share her preconceived ideas. She refuses to read contracts in order to understand the merits of litigants' arguments and is prepared to rule solely on her woefully limited legal experience. She is very scary, and leaves victims more damaged than when they entered the courtroom. She has many times been in robust favor of large corporations and insurance companies.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5132
Rating:1.8
Comments:
She is a very corrupt judge who ignores the law completely, and abuses and intimidates the litigants. She is untruthful, and prefers not to be on the record. She refuses to write her orders down, which means that they can be changed easily. She prevents victims of corruption from speaking, and instead only allows her favorites to speak in court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4806
Rating:1.1
Comments:
I really have to fault the political institutions which allow a person of such odd temperament and low intellect to reach the bench. She simply has no business deciding cases which criticially impact upon people's lives. She is too lazy to read papers, which she probably could not comprehend in any event, and turns oral argument into a farce. Everyone in the courtroom is laughing and crying inside.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4745
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Judge Bayne is biased. She does not read the motion papers. Therefore, she allows people to argue who have not submitted papers. Her arbitrary decisions disgrace the court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4335
Rating:1.2
Comments:
Truly one of the worst judges in Kings county. If you are assigned to her for trial, be prepared to enter an alternate universe. Police officers are not allowed to testify because "they should be on the street protecting us". You cannot mention injuries when opening on your damages case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4218
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Awful judge. She has no regard for the law. She is a disgrace and should be forced into early retirement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3521
Rating:1.8
Comments:
Terrible judge. Does not know or follow the law. Motion argument is an absolute joke. She rarely understands the arguments of either side. If you appear before her - good luck! It is an absolute crap-shoot.

She has no place on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2619
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I think the best thing you could say about Justice Bayne is that she is passionate about what she does. However, she goes way over the top on occasion, standing up, smacking her hand on the bench, yelling at lawyers and litigants and being insulting.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2459
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If i could have rated her a zero I would have... Her temperament alone makes her unqualified to be a judge; the only thing worse than her temperament is her inability to see both sides of an issue. Her ineptitude not only damaged my client, but damaged the opposing side as well. I have never written anything negative about a judge prior to this, her record should be reviewed and she should be impeached or otherwise removed from her post.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2327
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Insists upon oral argument on all motions so that she does not have to read motion papers. She utterly fails, however, to listen to the argument. She cannot remember which side is which, mixes their arguments, and rules on the spot from the bench. After arguing in front of her, she granted my motion. The adversary objected since she seemed to agree with him during the whole argument. Her response, "Well then I mean the opposite of what I just said. That's my ruling. Go away."

No matter what side you're on, this judge is always an unlucky draw.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2109
Rating:1.4
Comments:
She actually told two attorneys who argued their motions before me that she would "spank" them. She lacks the temperament and knowldge to be a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1890
Rating:1.4
Comments:
She is a disgrace and should be removed from the bench. She makes a mockery of the New York judicial system. What kind of judge makes an attorney sit in a corner when she doesn't like the argument that she was making? I witnessed this before arguing a case before this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1773
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Awful judge. Ignores the law. Complete joke.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1757
Rating:1.9
Comments:
Yelled, screamed, refused to follow rules of evidence, procedure, caselaw. Said "shut up" or "be quiet" if you object. Horrible.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1657
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Had to call her part under the new deposition rules, which require you to obtain a judicial ruling at the time of the deposition rather than object and refuse to allow your witness to answer. Her law clerk advised, "The judge doesn't do rulings." Well what on earth does she do?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1624
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Worst judge I have ever appeared before in all my years of practice. When I appeared at an Appellate Division conference, the presiding justice even admitted they had no idea what to do with her. No knowledge of the law and clearlt a policital appointment. New York should be ashamed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1440
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Terrible Judge. In my opinion she should not be sitting on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY1342
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very simple-minded. Ex-partes are not unethical in her head. Doesn't hear your arguments - you have to repeat yourself over and over, and if she catches on, you are lucky. If you're unlucky, she will scream at you. If you can, con up any kind of excuse to get the case reassigned out of her part. If you can't, go to trial just to get out of her part. If she IS the trial judge, make sure all of your objections are carefully and exhaustively noted in the record. That's the kind of woman she is.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY788
Rating:2.4
Comments:
The single worst trial experience in my 25 years in practice. Completely ignorant of the rules of evidence (wouldn't let me cross the defendant from his deposition transcript). Was mean-spirited and abusive. Intolerant of attempts to get her to reconsider her awful rulings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY568
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Does not have any expectation or regard for standards of professionalism between counsel and will not enforce the new deposition rules.