Hon. William A. Kelly See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Rockland County
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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. William A. Kelly


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2540
Just settled a case for my client, the plaintiff, but Judge Kelly was no help; he never once attempted to assist in settlement discussions while repeatedly opining that "...this case should be settled". Not very smart.

Runs a very shoddy Courtroom. His law room clerk and Courtroom deputy appear never to speak to each other about scheduling, and it was impossible for my adversary and I to reach Chambers to schedule pre-trials or conferences, or even get a return call. Appears that the answering machine is there for no reason other than to molify counsel to leave a message.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2394
Top-knotch fair and very smart judge. Wish there were more like him on the COunty and State Supreme Court levels.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2364
Fairest and smartest judge in the entire Second Department. A blessing to the Bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1284
Extreme difficulty understanding the issues and the law on issues not extremely complicated. Often seemed bored as though he really did not want to be there.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1086
One of the best supreme court justices in New York. Should be sitting on the Court of Appeals. Hopefully he will be certificated when he reaches 70 as it would be a shame to lose this fine jurist.