Hon. Evon M Asforis See Rating Details

Housing Court
New York County
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Comment #: NY12101
Rating:2.0
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Judge Asforis is like a man-- she doesn't listen. Her Honor is currently a judge in Manhattan Housing Court, and Her Honor has a terrible habit of cutting me off and refusing to listen to my clients' interests. This leads to detrimental outcomes for my clients, who are often poor, black, brown, and immigrant tenants.

Her Honor's demeanor on the bench is rude and condescending, and she often relies on landlords' attorney's interpretation of the facts and the law, even when they are patently false. For example, one landlord's attorney accused me of an exparte communication with Judge Asforis, when this was patently false. I explained that all parties were included in the e-mail, and the e-mail showed all parties were in fact included in the e-mail. But, Judge Asforis insisted the e-mail was an exparte communication. Perhaps Her Honor doesn't know the definition of an "exparte communication," or perhaps Her Honor just wasn't listening to me.

There are always remedies for a bad legal outcome, such as appeals and motions to reargue/renew, etc., but these vehicles are not easily accessible to poor tenants and their attorneys who work for legal service providers that are not robustly funded.

I have no doubt Judge Asforis has only the best intentions to be fair and impartial, but currently, she lacks the experience, knowledge, and training to balance out the inherent unfairness between landlords and tenants in New York City Housing Courts.