Hon. Catherine DiDomenico See Rating Details

Family Court
Richmond (Staten Island) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.7 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 9 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. Catherine DiDomenico


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Litigant

Comment #: NY5561
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Incompetent and Opinionated

Other

Comment #: NY5553
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge DiDomenico has been a lifelong and tireless Public Servant for Staten Island residents. Her former tenure as an active attorney and Law Professor has always been fair and objective, thus benefiting many with her knowledge of the legal system. As a Judge this highly professional person is objective, balanced and thoughtful in all of her decisions. Staten Island is very fortunate to have her serve our constituents.

Other

Comment #: NY5552
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If you are a man and you appear before this judge in a divorce trial, you are screwed. After reading her final decision, It is clear The male defendant never had a fair chance...I don't think she even bothered to read the male defendant's closing arguments.

Other

Comment #: NY5080
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is incompetent.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4714
Rating:8.5
Comments:
I had an IDV matter before Judge DiDomenico, settled pre-trial. I found Judge DiDomenico to be fair, impartial, and well-informed. Her staff was also respectful and helpful. She had a crowded calendar, but that's only to be expected for a busy part.

Other

Comment #: NY4485
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge DiDomenico has always been ultra-pleasant and appears to be very smart and very fair. You'd better have your ducks in a row when dealing with her, though, as she does not suffer fools gladly. Overall, I rate her very highly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4416
Rating:9.4
Comments:
very smart, very fair, efficient, Judge was very fair to my client who was the husband; Judge saw right through Wife's lies..

Other

Comment #: NY4192
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Doesnt know the law. Makes up stuff to support her delusions. The worst judge I've ever seen. Not fit to judge a pie eating contest.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4067
Rating:7.9
Comments:
It seems this Judge handles both criminal and civil matters. I have no idea how she is with criminal, but with civil (divorce) she is a fair judge who does her best to apply the law fairly.

Litigant

Comment #: NY4046
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have to say, this judge is very fair, balanced, and respectful. I was very pleased that she was hearing the cases and was honored to be in her court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3770
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I feel pity for her. Clearly she has no conscience. She turns a deaf ear to men. Perhaps she is loving proof of a judicial system that cannot be impartial..perhaps that is why she wears the hat of a Eucharistic minister. Hester wore the scarlet letter to show her sin....one wonders if the judge's ostensible devotion to her faith compensates for her blindness, bitterness and ruthlessness in court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3749
Rating:2.2
Comments:
I found this judge to be very impatient and prejudicial, and most often side with the females in the cases presented before her.She often cuts defendants off in mid sentence, and appears uninterested in viewpoints. I also found her to be somewhat condescending to the occupants of her courtroom.

Litigant

Comment #: NY3609
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
smart; very fair; cares about people who appear before her; watched a number of cases while waiting for mine; didnt seem to be in favor of men or women; different results based on different facts

Litigant

Comment #: NY3409
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Prejudice, Her law Clerk makes statements without evidence or documents to support her statements. The judge looks for the easy way out disregards felonies committed by females in divorce cases disregards fraud and perjury on the part of females and their attorneys even when the evidence of such actions is in her hands. She is an adjunct professor of law at Fordham I shudder to think what she teaches her class

Other

Comment #: NY3364
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Conniving, ruthless, vindictive, retaliatory all done with a big smile. Worst possible profession to be awarded to this master manipulator. Treats staff, litigants, attorneys and contemporaries with utter contempt and disregard. All while hiding behind her alter ego of Eucharistic minister. Shameful!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3306
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Ha! She probably wrote that last comment herself or it was one of the kiss up lawyers that you always encounter on Staten Island,nothing new,doesn't surprise me at all that they would stick up for her.She's a disgrace to the court system.There was even a news article about her about how awful she is and how biased she is in court.Most lawyers do like her because she is biased but,ask the people and they will tell you how horrible she really is.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3304
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
By far the nicest most polite judges I have appeared before in 30 years of practicing law. Anyone who thinks she doesn't know law probably sucks as a lawyer...or obviously is not in court much..

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3233
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is so nasty.I couldn't stand her attitude and stupidity.I pretty much wound up telling her off because I wasn't going to stand for her lack of knowledge and unfairness.I have no respect whatsoever for her because she clearly has no respect for anyone entering her courtroom either.She is a horrible judge and a horrible person.She should ask her law school for a refund because they did not teach her the laws correctly.

Litigant

Comment #: NY2695
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge ignores the obvious appearance of impropriety and refuses to recuse when she should.

She is also blatantly gender-biased.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2455
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge DiDomenico is a very caring and hardworking Judge. She is also no nonsense. Be prepared when you appear before. She has read your papers and reviewed the law before hearing substantive arguments and you better be ready to address the legal issues, especially in complex or novel areas of law.

Litigant

Comment #: NY2101
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge DiDomenico has not read any of my papers presented to her chambers. She is very unfair. I, as the defendent in an ongoing divorce and child custody battle for almost two years,she will never listen to me, the wife of a wealthy sociopath. She is not fair. Runs her courtroom more like criminal court and speeaks like one.

Litigant

Comment #: NY1975
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
very fair judge; polite, patient; i didnt win everything i wanted but felt i had a fair shake...overall, not bad experience

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY727
Rating:6.2
Comments:
Very pleasant to deal with, although slightly prosecutor-friendly.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY648
Rating:4.9
Comments:
This judge clearly did not have a private practice before the bench, and does not seem to have tried a case as an attorney. The result is some bizarre rulings.