Hon. Norman Janowitz See Rating Details

District Court
Nassau County
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 4 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. Norman Janowitz



Comment #: NY5143
Judge Norman Janowitz is a biased and prejudiced judge. He verbally denied my recusal motion, ignored (and never answered) all of my orders to show cause, denied me a hearing, took my children and home away from me based on hearsay, and left me with no other choice but to appeal everything until I was destitute! Someone needs to get this 70-year-old judge off the bench!

Court Staff

Comment #: NY3005
Norman Janowitz, a prejudiced judge against me since 2007, when he threw me out on the streets on here say with a Stay Away Order, instead of recusing himself from the case, divorced me by default in 2011 without a financial settlement after thirty years of marriage to an OB-GYN physician, on an illegal divorce Index # 202688/10.


Comment #: NY1646
Represented me as a lawyer in Family Court 20 years ago. Had to replace him or I would have lost my case. He is a political hack. If you ever have to appear before him, you can opt out by saying he once representsd you. He won't remember. He will only be on the S.C. bench for 2 years. He's 68. Mandatory retirement is 70.


Comment #: NY1642
Rating:Not Rated
Impatient, lacks knowledge of the law, egomanical and inappaproriate. His use of legal terms was that of a 2nd year law student at best. He's an insult to Nassau County and I will NOT vote for him tomorrow.


Comment #: NY1601
Judge Janowitz heard a case that was brought against me in which I was attacked on the street, defended myself in front of about 20 witnesses, yet was still sued for 200k for breaking my assailants nose. I defended myself pro-se and was extremely pleased when he scolded the Plaintiff's lawyer for taking the case in the first place. Judge Janowitz is an honorable man with a firm hold on his courtroom and if more judges were like him, there wouldn't be nearly as many frivolous lawsuits in Nassau County.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1314
Dumb, senile, obnoxious. Sets high bail for speeding. Pressures people to take Pleas & DA to give pleas.

Retire already! Go back to being the Breakstone Cottage Cheese guy. Did he ever have a private practice job. I refuse to believe he could practice!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY862
Perhaps the worst judge that I've ever encountered. Didn't care about the law or fairness in the least. Wanted the case settled, and actually told me that if I didn't agree to a ridiculous settlement, he'd rule against me, no matter that the law was on my side - and that's exactly what he did. Word is that even the high ranking members of his own party didn't vote for him in the last election.