Hon. Steven Lotto See Rating Details

District Court
Suffolk County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.3 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 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. Steven Lotto


Court Staff

Comment #: NY5658
This lunatic belongs in a cage. He is rude, nasty, late and unfair. Every attorney thinks he is a lunatic. Their words. Beware of this hack, he is nuts

Court Staff

Comment #: NY4767
Rating:Not Rated
This is a disgrace of a judge and a human being. He is judgmental without being based on the facts, intimidating, self-righteous, smug, self-serving, and overall nasty and jealous of others, and uses intimidation and fear of jail to assert his dominance over defendants.


Comment #: NY4766
Rating:Not Rated
This judge is a hack, a total and complete disgrace to the justice system. How he has been allowed to sit in any courtroom is obviously through pro-D.A., utter and complete bias. He has contempt for everyone and has personal vendettas. There is no justice with this judge, and he should be impeached. He thinks the public is not onto him and believes he has the supreme power.


Comment #: NY4257
Rating:Not Rated
This judge makes his determination based on a personal vendetta.My son was falsely accused of violating an order of protection (which was all lies) and the person was not punished for this. My son had a witness to the incident. It was never mentioned. Result was overnight in Riverhead Jail and $25,000 cash bail.He punished my son because he had a record 20 years ago. Imagine if this nut wew a rehab.c counselor. I heard somenof the other judes consider him a nut job.


Comment #: NY4092
Any attorney, either prosecutor or defense lawyer, who complains about this judge being disrespectful or rude only gets what they deserve, as they are likely incompetent or have done something disrespectful themselves. While he may have a temper, it only shows for those attorneys who are inadequate at their job or who try to take advantage of the legal system. If you are a reputable attorney, who does what he or she needs to do and are supposed to do, he is incredibly reasonable and fair. He may be harsh on certain repeat defendants, but he undoubtedly runs a fair court room and always ensures a fair trial for the defendant. Putting this aside, he is by far one of the most experienced and knowledgeable judges on all of Long Island. What a few people say on a website such as this do not define or truly explain who this judge is.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY3054
While it's true that he'd tough on people who consciously break the law, he won't let the D.A.'s office just have their way with a defendant. He keeps everyone in check and keeps the calendar moving fast. His bark is worse than his bite, and, while "no nonsense", he can be very pleasant and reasonable.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY2969
To keep in simple in other words he's a a*****e that has a power trip has no sympathy for no one. His face says it all he looks like the judge from my cousin vinny but worse.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY690
Represents everything that is wrong with an entrenched judiciary that is too often the product of patronage rather than merit. This guy is a first class hack that crawled his way up the Suffolk County Republican machine of the 1980s & 90s. Tyrannical and Napoleonic, he makes no effort to hide his contempt for the lawyers that practice before him, all the while treating defendant's presumption of innocence as little more than a punch line. His demeanor (and intellect) make him better suited to sit at a window at the local DMV rather than on a District Court bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY574
Has the temperament of a rabid animal. Do not go into his courtroom with a driving while intoxicated case or a driving with a suspended license charge. Seems to actually get pleasure out of torturing defendants.