Hon. Margarita Lopez-Torres See Rating Details

Surrogate's Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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* 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. Margarita Lopez-Torres


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9442
She changed the allocation of a $50,000 motor vehicle wrongful death settlement to personal injury, cutting the recovery in half, so the family only received half of the original settlement. She needs more CLE on a juvenile level.


Comment #: NY3774
Rating:Not Rated
She is an abomination. I have never witness such bias in my life. Like a previous comment- she repeatedly ignores the best interest of the child and clearly will go to any length necessary to keep a "family" together, including looking past abuse and neglect. Avoid this judge at all costs. She is emotionally unstable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3221
She is crazy!


Comment #: NY1633
Judge Lopez Torres was similarly disconcerting as a judge in Kings Family Court. One need only look at the 2nd Department's reversal of her in Matter of Marc A., 301 A.D.2d 595 (2003) to get an idea. In that case, a young child was burned, most likely with a cigarette that was deliberately pressed against her skin for 5-10 seconds, per a medical expert. Judge Lopez Torres inexplicably characterized the child as having suffered a "minor injury" that was likely self-inflicted, and dismissed the city's child abuse petition. The App. Div. emphatically reversed her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1260
Surrogate Lopez Torres is a nightmare. You simply don't know where she is coming from - as a result she misses the boat and is a regularly reversed judge. For example, she dropped the ball on the Public Administrator when funds were missing and people were not being timely buried. While it was not her direct role, she appointed the guy and it appears knew of should have known what was goign on. If she would only lose her insecurity and desire to show everyone she is the boss by addressing nonsense, she might be a good judge. Because she simply dictates her feelings rather than following the law, she ends up being one of the worst.