Hon. Esther M. Morgenstern See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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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. Esther M. Morgenstern



Comment #: NY11397
Totally illegal—assigns counsel only to one party, falsifies records. Should not be on bench; should be in prison.


Comment #: NY11275
Esther Morgenstern is a horrible judge, she very bias she give custody to my ex husband and throw my case over to family court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY10185
Is never on time and leaves early.


Comment #: NY7997
I was told by my attorney that drawing Judge Esther Morgenstern was unfortunate as the other judge in that part of the courthouse was known to be more reflective and fair-minded. While that initial warning could have clouded my opinion, spending more than a year visiting her court room only confirmed my attorney's original assertion. Judge Morgenstern regularly chastises, shouts at and ridicules lawyers and litigants alike. Upon the start of many hearing she often seemed wholly unaware of the generics of the case much less the details. Often contradicting and reversing decisions she had just openly expressed, Judge Morgenstern seemed, at times, almost unstable. In her courtroom, almost all are on edge, not certain whether to anticipate the affable, judge with a pleasant disposition, or the bully. Understand, she is well-known for her antics and for her rash actions and hostile comments. When I mentioned to another attorney who I had previous dealings with that Judge Morgenstern presided over my case he responded with a simple and sympathetic, "Oh." A colleague of his who was with him at the time simply stated, "Good luck with that." And, truly it is luck you will likely need.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3024
Rating:Not Rated
Knew her when she was law secretary to Judge Kramer--she was terrific then as she is now!


Comment #: NY2627
Rating:Not Rated
My apologize for my comments about Hon.Esther M.Morgenstern. At any case I am not allowed criticize that decision of government emploee. I am sorry. Happy Holydays and New Year.