Hon. Katerina Contaratos See Rating Details

JHO/Support Magistrates
New York County
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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. Katerina Contaratos


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6568
she is very bias, with no Flexiblity of calander hearing, she should be removed.


Comment #: NY6120

To whom it may concern:

I have been retro-acted twice, on two different occasions to the sum of $20,000.

I received a notice to appear in court for Modification on NOV 2011. On this particular court appearance date, I was called into the courtroom, I didn’t see my ex-wife there, I wasn’t sworn in nor asked my name, I sat there for a while, and no dialogue took place, she looked at the computer for a few seconds then told me to leave???
(All of this paperwork I had to bring in and prepare for that day but nothing for nothing, she NEVER ASKED to see them!!)
A few months later, February 2012, I received an arrears bill for $9,000.00 dated back to the Sept, 2010. I was devastated, to say the least. Mine you, I contested the initial amount of 1,000.00 within 30 days to the main Judge back in Sept, 2010. The Judge, he ruled in my favor, stating that the type of work I did (Back Ground Acting) the amount initiated by magistrate Contaratos was too high. I was only to pay $400.00
a month in 2010- Nov, 2011. I did ALL OF IT,,MONTHLY!
not only did she reinstate the old CS decision but retro-acted me $600 a month for THE YEAR I ALREADY FORFILLED MY OBLIGATION in 2010-2011.. so unfair..

2- In JULY 2014, I appeared again in her court room for modification (My son changed his mind about moving with me out of state, his mom initiated this petition) . What is very said is that:

1- My Divorce papers were produce on this date, with the conditions on CHILD SUPPORT AGREEMENT between myself and my Ex wife. The amount would be $800.00 amonth with added conditions that the old arrears and docket would be vacated.
2- This same year in question, I had custody of one of my two children..FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR 2014 going back to SEPT 2013,, where he also attended school under my care. I NEVER GOT CREDITED FOR THIS.

3-MY daughter (The other remaining child),under her own free will wanted to EMANCIPATE herself also to go with me.
I produced a “NOTARIZED” doc, an original and copy of the EMANCIPATED LETTER, and presented it to the Magistrate doc. The magistrate asked for the original copy, NEVER GAVE IT BACK. She turned and asked the woman at the computer to get THE TRANSCRIPTS from the Supreme court of OUR DIVORCE!!!!!, because "SHE DIDNT LIKE THE CONDITIONS OF THIS DIVORCE"..wow.
Now, I’m in the process of moving out of NYC, to another state that is 3 hrs away, Rhode Island) state that same week (July 2014), my license was due for suspension, I told her that I was moving to another state that required my license for commuting,and getting work, I desperately needed he needed her help. To no avail.The end result.
She, “VACATED” the Divorce agreement docket, But TRANSFERED THE OLD ARREARS, onto the "NEW" docket, on Sept 9, 2014, and added a new CS amount of $1,138.00 amonth. My total arrears jumped from $13,419.36. JULY 2014, to $24,589.40.
IN THREE MONTHS!!!!! that is $11,170.04. more in JUST THREE MONTHS.

WHO DO YOU GO TO COMPLAIN TO FOR THIS INJUSTICE...this is my second letter of complaint about the wrong practices of this magistrate. to date my new balance is $29,139.40. at $1,138.00 amonth increase since Sept 2013 (HE DATE I RECIEVED CUSTODY OF MY CHILD). SHE ADDED THIS AMOUNT ON TOP OF CHILD SUPPORT PAID AND IN-SPITE OF MY SON LIVING WITH ME AND NEVER GETTING CREDITED FOR THE CHILD PAYMENT PAID THIS YEAR ALSO 2014 . Currently, I am out of work, cant drive to look for work (DUE TO LICENSE SUSPENSION). I am HOMELESS NOW, with my girlfriend, her two little girls, and pregnant 3 1/2 months. SAD< SAD UNBELIEVEBLE.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5784
there must be a check and balance system to rid these kind on judges from the legal system no upholding of the rule of the law rules by perception and misconception very very sad


Comment #: NY5783
It is sad that in the greatest country in the world and the greatest city in the world that we have in our court system judges that rule by perception and prejudice with complete disregard to the rule of law. Judge Katerina contratos is a disgrace to the legal system. make you wonder how do we keep judges in check and how do we clean our legal system. I am speachless

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5729
she is rude ,no respect to men, not ready to listen men side, I don't why she is there.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5247
I'm not sure why she is there. Doesn't anyone see how unfair she is?


Comment #: NY5175
She is the worst judge ever, and very biased in favor of women. She never ever listens to the men's side.
She treats lawyers with no respect whatsoever. My experience with her is rated zero.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5071
She treated me as though I were sub-human. She was rude and condescending. Yes, this judge gave me the impression that she is pro-women. Does this judge know how vindictive the custodian parent (the mother) was to me in the past? I am a good man and a law-abiding citizen. I am appalled by these type of support judges who bring their personal attitude to their jobs, and who are making decisions based on my monetary livelihood. This support judge was very disappointing in the way that she handled my case. The system is broken and needs serious reform. Something really has to be done, because these support judges are destroying lives.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4798
She is very biased and favors mothers, even deadbeat mothers. It seems like she is biased against men who fight for their rights.