Hon. Joseph Santorelli See Rating Details

District Court
Suffolk County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.6 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 5 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. Joseph Santorelli


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6226
Fair and good judge. Understood the issues in a relatively complex civil proceeding; spoke openly and encouraged settlement discussions. Good overall experience with him.


Comment #: NY5544
Very decent and honorable Judge. Called the strikes and balls quite evenly for both sides.

Very (Very, Very) punctual and has full control over his courtroom.

All in all, I liked his sensitivity and courtesies to both sides in allowing each side to present their side of the story.

No real winners at the end but Judge Santorelli allowed some closure to both sides with his appropriate and fair tone and style. He was also professional at all times with both sides’ attorneys during the almost 3 week’s long trial.


Comment #: NY5305
There are some excellent Judges in Suffolk County and Santorelli is not one of them. He is abrupt, egotistical, inappropriate, grandious, and illmannered. Suffolk should demand better. How did we end up with him on the bench?


Comment #: NY5029
This judge has absolutely no interest in divorce cases, and should never be presiding over the matrimonial court. He is a disgrace to the New York state court system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5027
One of the worst judges on the bench. He is a whining crybaby who treats litigants and attorneys with contempt. As a judge he's awful. As a man he's even worse. Thank God he's out of the mat part and he can't destroy any more innocent lives. One day his day of reckoning will arrive. Then it'll be good riddance, loser!


Comment #: NY3224
seem to be fair and honest.does not take long lunches and starts on time.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3034
a very knowledgeable and extremely hardworking judge, may not always agree with you, but lets you tell your side of the case


Comment #: NY2495
He completely ignored the rule of law in dismissing a case that went over the six month time frame for a speedy trial involving a felony charge and ignoring the fact that the complainant failed to show each time a trial was rescheduled. He also decided to read out loud to the court the false charges. Saying loudly the vulgar words the person was accused of saying, completely removing presumption of innocence.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1968
Rating:Not Rated
Needs his meds adjusted, living in the basement, while his wife lives upstairs, is getting to him. Some days good, more badvthan good lately.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1102
A little high strung but one of the most fair and decent judges on the Suffolk County District Court Bench