Hon. Peter Fox Cohalan See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Suffolk County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.5 - 10 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Peter Fox Cohalan


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY7583
Went to this judge and waited for him all day. Begged for an Order Of Protection. He smirked and denied it. The next day, I had an attack from ex. He stalks and follows me and hired someone to drug me. This judge didn't care and didn't listen. I hope nothing happens to me but if it does, everyone will know he did nothing to protect me. Just because someone doesn't verbally say, "I am going to kill you" doesn't mean they aren't harassing you and stalking or harming in some way. Our laws are completely screwed up and people lie to hurt others and this judge could care less about listening to the facts. Shame on you! Since this, the news has been interested in my story and I intend on telling everyone that this judge smirked (my private investigator was a witness) and refused my safety. This is an extreme circumstance and his job is to look at the facts and live by the law. DISGUSTING that he didn't.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6980
Happy, happy, happy! Ding-dong, the bad judge and bad clerk are GONE! Woo-hoo!!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6891
Sometimes retirement is a good thing, maybe the BEST of things...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6795
An "old school" Justice, polite to a fault, fair minded and a real professional who loves the law and lawyers. Comes into a case with an open and fair disposition and waits until all the facts are in to render a decision. Sorry to see this Justice retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4274
Two words to sum up the Judge and his clerk - "good riddance"

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2967
Tough, fair, smart, judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2829
Justice Cohalan is very fair. His law secretary is great, makes the courtroom run like a machine and the judge is always available for rulings. If you want a default because your adversary fails to appear you must have proof that your adversary was notified. Very courteous to attorneys and pro-se litigants. A forgiving judge not looking to hammer people. But, you better spell his name correctly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1930
What would you say about a judge that bounces papers simply because you did not type his middle name? Getting a decision in his Court takes MONTHS. Very full of himself. Should have practiced law before he became a judge.


Comment #: NY1817
Has ZERO interest in getting things done. When there is a motion for summary judgment, and the other party receives notice, but continually refuses to appear with TOTAL disregard - GRANT THE MOTION!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY906
A rare breed of old-fashioned judge, one who respects the attorneys before him, and loves the law. It is a true privilege to practice before him.