Hon. Denise Watson See Rating Details

Family Court
Dutchess County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.8 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 6 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. Denise Watson


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6154
this jugde is rude and incompant, has misconduct in her court room,she allows the county attorney to make all her decisions for her and they send all children away at high risk if their guilty or not, which in the long end causes more damage and trauma to a child. She should not be a judge in the eyes of the LAW!!!!

Court Staff

Comment #: NY5837
I have witnessed Judge Watson put many children in a dangerous environment. I'm not sure how she even became a judge for family court. I believe she has serious issues at home and takes it out on women. She needs to be reported.


Comment #: NY5831
Horrible, she is in a rush to get to the next case. She takes sides. She believes all of one persons testimony and none of the other. I personally may take her to a higher court to make her answer for why she's placed my kids in an abusive home after taking them out of their home, their school She is a discrace to women and our justice system


Comment #: NY5661
SHE DOES NOT BELONG TO FAMILY COURT! She is giving the abuser more power and control. My child lives with his abuser(because of her) who endangered my child's welfare, life several time. Ignores the police reports. Order for custody and visitation she signed without me and totally different than we talked about prior at our last hearing.
My child lives with abuser, because of her. who endanger my sons life several time. She ignores the police reports


Comment #: NY5578
At times I thought she was doing a crossword puzzle,seemed to be in another world, either very forgetful or only hears what she wants to hear.She made a bad family situation worse by not considering for a moment the children or the situation.Incompetent and short-sighted Does not belong in Family court period.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5577
Judge Watson allowed herself to "forget" that the custodial parent is TOTALLY innapropriate with my children and she herself said the children may not disclose certain things but she wanted to know more about the kids BEHAVIORS....it was NEVER followed up on. So, who loses out? Not any adult but the children!!!


Comment #: NY5576
Very one sided and CHOOSES to take as fact any and all accusations made, even in domestic violence situations. She does not take into account the children's wishes nor does she choose to see how they are effected by her decisions. She may be nice but she isn't 'qualified' for family court, despite all her training.


Comment #: NY4840
Rating:Not Rated
Made her mind up during an ex parte and remained blind to the facts throughout several hearings and a two-day trial. She is extremely incompetent and seems to be in over her head, as she could not comprehend five lines of a basic emergency room report that showed our grandson to have been assaulted. She has no compassion for family or children. She does not belong in the family courts, period. As a strict conservative, I am appalled that she is running as a conservative justice and I will join any movement to have her impeached. I am sure that there are many others who find her unacceptable.


Comment #: NY4290
Rating:Not Rated
Currently going through family court. It is a very disappointing experience. Judge Watson is very one sided, favors the side with a paid attorney and not us with the public defender. she has made inappropriate remarks and is not showing to be fair at all. Never had a judge act like this