Hon. Carolyn E. Demarest See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.7 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   - 0 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. Carolyn E. Demarest


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5151
Rating:6.7
Comments:
Judge Demarest is very demanding of the attorneys that appear before her, and expects them to be thoroughly prepared. Follow her rules, and try to be organized and efficient, and you should have no problems. She reads the materials carefully and will do her own research. She expects you to know what you are doing, and she is not shy about letting you know if you are not. Her rulings are understandable and seem reasonable. Her demeanor could be improved, but she is a good fit for the commercial part.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4123
Rating:3.5
Comments:
Very tempremental and haed to make her change positions, but seems fair handed

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3532
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Judge Demarest cannot run a smooth courtroom and doesn't have the ability to sort through complex issues. She also doesn't have the temperament to be a judge. She should be working in a bakery.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3031
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A total legal clue who is more concerned with formalities than the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1825
Rating:4.6
Comments:
Asked for clients to be present and proceeded to chew out the attorneys for not being ready to discuss a motion when she scheduled a compliance conference.

Paints with a broad brush. Very tempermental in court. Terrified of being reversed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1720
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Terrible judge. Stood by her old decision regardless of new evidence presented to her. She also helped the DA when she was ill prepared. I hope to never be in her present again.

Other

Comment #: NY1719
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Terrible judge. Stood by her old decision regardless of new evidence presented to her. She also helped the DA when she was ill prepared. I hope to never be in her present again.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1407
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Justice Demarest is undoubtedly the worst judge out there. Her arrogance is only matched by her disregard for the law. If your arguments go over her head (as they often do), she lashes out in unbridled fury. She runs her courtroom as a petty tyrant and delights in making attorneys' lives difficult. She has imparted her obnoxious attitude to all of her staff. Don't be surprised to find her law clerk yelling at you during a conference. I have yet to meet any attorney who doesn't despise her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1256
Rating:1.9
Comments:
This Justice has an extremely poor judicial temperament, insulting attorneys and litigants alike. This bullying attitude seems to be her substitute for proper consideration of the law, the facts and the positions of the litigants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1145
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She was never on time. In addition her time management was also poor

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1109
Rating:2.0
Comments:
She does not rule on the law. She decides which party she dislikes most and twist the law to rule against such party.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY472
Rating:2.3
Comments:
I have never appeared in her courtroom when she was on time, while having no problem keeping others waiting and not even apologizing. This seems to be the norm with this judge. Seems also not to be timely with handing down her decisions. Overall, I was not impressed.