Hon. Deborah Dowling See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.9 - 4 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. Deborah Dowling


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY8424
These are extremely low ratings but well deserved. She is rude and needlessly condescending to attorneys. She arrives to court late all the time and her unpleasant personality and comically formal approach are really an attempt to conceal her incompetence and lack of intelligence. This is objectively borne out by the fact that she is one of the most overturned judges in NYC, which is quite an accomplishment.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY7504
She is a joke. Perhaps the most uninformed, know-nothing, stupidest judge I've been in front of in 25 years. I could give specific examples but that would identify me. Her rulings have no basis in law. I really have no idea how she could not know basic tenets of criminal practice. I think juries tend to like her, which doesn't help

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1137
More concerned with the appearance of respect towards herself than any other factor.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY653
This judge makes faces at defense counsel in front of the jury; evidentiary rulings are so pro-prosecution they are laughable. Adding to the misery of her courtroom is her complete absence of fundamental legal knowledge (like what precedent she is bound to follow). She should be ashamed of herself as a judge.