Hon. Michael A. Ciaffa See Rating Details

District Court
Nassau County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.5 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 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. Michael A. Ciaffa



Comment #: NY5199
This judge is beyond fair and compassionate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3993
Judge Ciaffa is smart, patient, and considerate. He treats lawyers and litigants with respect.

In debtor-creditor matters, he makes sure that litigants are aware of their rights, and he insists that debt lawyers follow the law.

Lawyers who come to court prepared, and who know the rules of evidence, do very well before him.

Lawyers who try to take short cuts, or who try to take advantage of a litigant's ignorance, invariably get no help from this Judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3989
This Judge is extremely biased again attorneys who represent creditors. He goes out his way to hurt them. He interprets the law as he wants to see it, without any basis in fact. He disregards prior custom, practice and precedence. It is unfortunate that individuals with this inclination seek to punich attorneys who are simpy representing the rights of their clients.