Hon. Raul Cruz See Rating Details

Civil Court
Bronx County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.3 - 3 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)

What others have said about Hon. Raul Cruz



Comment #: NY5205
Yet another judge that abuses the system with no regard for the law. He is a rude individual. I went before Judge Cruz in small claims court. I proved that I was owed $3,000 through several emails from the client, not only agreeing to the fee but thanking me for such a good price as well, in addition to emails from the client acknowledging that the work had been done. The client even contradicted his position by saying that he had everything. When Judge Cruz reviewed the emails, he commented: "wow, you did a lot of work." With all of the undisputed evidence presented, he did not find in my favor. I did, however, win the case on appeal. In their decision, they stated that it was undisputed that services were rendered and that I was owed the money.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2071
This Judge takes the bench after 10 am on most days and only works until lunch. Motions are never read or taken on submission. Decisions are based on off the record discussions with the law assistant. He never handles trial in the afternoon and has a policy of not doing any trials on Fridays. If OCA wants to look into how judges abuse the system they can begin with Judge Cruz.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY945
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Cruz is a no-nonsense judge, steeped in the law. Always gracious, never rude, he treats litigants with respect. His court attorney encourages resolution of all matters whenever possible and is highly effective.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY846
Civil judges cry over their salaries. This judge comes to work late, takes Fridays off and refuses to conduct trials after 12 noon. This judge is self-absorbed and is a prime example of the "activist jurist."