Hon. Juan Merchan See Rating Details

Supreme Court
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)

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What others have said about Hon. Juan Merchan


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY10196
Rating:Not Rated
I must say I totally agree with comment NY9967. Furthermore, either this judge has no understanding of some pretty basic principles or his prejudice against defendants clouds his ability to assess the issues, and he is reflexively suspicious of defense lawyers. He has one good quality as a trial judge, though: He does not try to defeat lawyers from making a record, which they will need when it comes time to pursue that well deserved reversal.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY9967
one of the worst trial judges i have ever appeared before. he professes neutrality but is heavily pro prosecution. makes his mind up about client's guilt before hearing all of the evidence and then makes rulings to make sure that a conviction results. does not let defense lawyers cross examine effectively.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY6158
Rating:Not Rated
I've had the pleasure of watching Judge Merchan in the mental health part at 100 Centre Street. He's clearly in the right place and defendants are very fortunate to have him there. He mixes a no-nonsense approach with genuine compassion, working to help defendants get their lives together. He speaks with each defendant respectfully, listens well and keeps his eye on the prize -- getting these defendants to turn their lives around as they put their criminal difficulties behind them. His staff is superb and everyone in this part seems to understand the mission. This is a part that really helps people.