Hon. Melissa A. Crane See Rating Details

Criminal Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.5 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   9.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Melissa A. Crane


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9441
I fully agree with all of the comments previously made by the criminal defense attorneys who had the misfortune of appearing before her. She is rude, intemperate, dismissive and completely unwilling to listen. It's her way or the highway without any opportunity to even make a record. she should go back to working for trump's lawyers at kasowitz.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY8655
Represents everything that is wrong with the state judicial selection system. Insecurity in her lack
of knowledge and qualification causes her to lash out when challenged or confronted with legal argument. Disrespectful towards defense attorneys and dismissive of reasoned arguments. Her unprofessional demeanor reflects poorly on the office she holds and our legal system in general. Heard she was recently sent back to civil court. Hopefully she can do less damage there.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY8187
She should not be a judge. Insecure about her incompetence; I understand her father was a good judge, but that does not entitle you to a judgeship.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY8106
An incompetent judge that has no business trying criminal cases. She should be milking the system from a SAP part where she cant hurt anyone.


Comment #: NY7046
This Judge is Fair and Honest. She absolutely positively is prepared and listens to both sides in an even manner. As a person not used to court rooms, I was pleasantly surprised that justice does prevail.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5864
Yells at defense attorneys when they submit routine motions. On more than one occasion, she would not allow a defense attorney to speak or to preserve the record, as required by law. She is the only judge in the misdemeanor court to routinely deny or modify sentences, making them harsher than the sentence agreed-upon by the prosecutor. She is one of the new lot of judges trying to compete for Biggest Hardass.


Comment #: NY4694
Rating:Not Rated
A horrible person, with the ability to traumatize an already traumatized individual. Doesn't even hear what the defense lawyer has to say. Listens to inexperienced prosecuting lawyers. No intuition to see the truth or innocence of a wrongly accused victim of abuse.