Hon. Hope Schwartz Zimmerman See Rating Details

Family Court
Nassau County
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 16 rating(s)
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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. Hope Schwartz Zimmerman


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Other

Comment #: NY7937
Rating:1.0
Comments:
^ years of Divorce and 10 years in Court , Mr Shukla did the right thing to expose this Judge, Shame Shame Shame Shame Shame Shame Shame on you Judge .

How to sleep at night , when you made a MAN Suffer like this . Shame Shame Shame Shame Shame Shame Shame .

You will go to HELL

Other

Comment #: NY7917
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Who regulates this mess? She is a disaster making master.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY7913
Rating:1.0
Comments:
http://youtu.be/ApcErSLC1oc

Watch this video

OMG!! This is so true about this Judge
EVIL!!!

Litigant

Comment #: NY7783
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Zimmerman has ruined my children's lives, and made mine extraordinarily difficult. She listened to NONE of the important testimony, read NONE of the pages submitted, and rendered the most disgusting decision possible. My children have had irreparable harm done to them. I pray for the day she steps down, or is forced out.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY7696
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Can we give her reading test , as she hates to read , she really need help .

Court Staff

Comment #: NY7666
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I see this Judge distroying lives everyday with her power. Does not even care for families or kids.
I pray to God every day take her away. Staff is looking forward to end of her term. Amen

Court Staff

Comment #: NY7647
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is a disgrace to the whole Judicial system

Other

Comment #: NY7611
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Nine Years later and I still have nightmares.

Litigant

Comment #: NY7469
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She's just horrible. She should not be on the bench. It's sad that she holds the life of people in her hands and seems to take great pleasure knowing she holds the faith of people lives. Considering all the complaints, why is she still allowed to hold her job. Her opinions and decisions are so bias and due to her laziness things get drag on longer than necessary.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY7409
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
We have a problem in the arena of divorce and custody. We have a system that is not impartial and often serves as a breeding ground for disingenuous and unethical actions committed by players in the legal arena and sometimes (knowingly and unknowingly) enabled by the very courts people believe will determine fact from fiction. Many Father's have an uphill challenge awaiting them as they seek what many others before the law and courts seek...fairness and the right to be heard. Having been a father before this Judge both as pro se litigant and represented by an attorney I can clearly state that many problems transpired on so many procedural and legal levels with little adherence to the standards of equitable distribution and best interest of the child...these were secondary to clearing a busy docket!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7408
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is a menace who enjoys hearing the sound of her own voice in the courtroom more than anything else. She has no knowledge of the law or the facts of the case and displays a flagrant disregard for the law by denying due process and intentionally delaying time-sensitive proceedings to frustrte litigant's rights and spite their counsel with adjournments rather than letting the parties be heard. She needs to be removed immediatey.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7389
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Zimmerman and the buffoon that assists her with her cases, the Referee Across the Hall Esq., are disgraceful. Her law clerk seems to be the only person there with sense and really should be the only one deciding these cases.

Judge Zimmerman seems to be in cahoots with select attorneys to strip litigants of every penny, dishing out thousands of dollars in unconscionable attorney's fees as if it's monopoly money. The Nassau County residents who appear before her are generally lower middle class litigants who clearly cannot afford to comply with her outrageous Orders, but that doesn't seem to phase her.

If you're not in the "club" tell your client to bend over because she and her cronies will make sure you walk out of 400 County Seat Drive penniless.

Her decisions are irrational and unless you can afford an appeal, good luck!

Other

Comment #: NY7312
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Referee lost my transcripts and she signed the Order without even looking at the record. Getting the transcript from the court reporter required “protracted attempts.” Then, when he got the transcript, it was a disaster: “a rough transcription replete with mistakes and omissions.” What a disaster. I can’t imagine the frustration I’d feel if this happened to my client, or my family. The whole reason transcripts exist is to provide a clear record of what happened at the trial. Without a transcript, it’s harder to tell if there was reversible error or not. So who pays that price?

Other

Comment #: NY7291
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is not familiar with her cases,; her assistant reads them and talks to you about them. She is sorely lacking knowledge in the law or doesn't chose to apply it, she is biased and unfair to attorneys and clients, she doesn't pay attention when someone is speaking nor give you a chance to clarify, she oblivious to the needs of the children, she relentlessly post phones court dates incurring higher court fees for families, she's lazy and doesn't look at supporting documents that would add to issues in the case in favor of one party over another. I know this woman sits on numerous boards and associations that I wonder how she can keep her day job. I know in the past she has run unopposed. But I can't for the life of me figure out how this travesty of a person with such a mean spirited personality made it to secure a judgeship. Except for two attorney's who are probably afraid to speak the truth or maybe they won their cases, every review I've read mirrors my observations. Family court is the last place you want incompetence. She should be forced to hang up her robe. Incompetence when your dealing with people's lives should not be tolerated.

Litigant

Comment #: NY7289
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If you are looking for an arrogant, opinionated, biased Judge who has made up her mind before you walked into the room, one who will do everything in her power to impose her ill-willed wishes regardless of law, one who has the attention span of a chicken and the powers of God, well you've found it in Hope Zimmerman. Shame on a system that places this DISASTER in a position of such power!

Litigant

Comment #: NY6486
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge is a woman who needs to be removed from the bench, she is adept at ruining the lives of her litigants and their children. She rarely follows the law, and instead substitutes her opinions and punishes those she believes deserve it, regardless of the laws.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY4837
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is unfit to serve the public. The staff here "hope" Judge Zimmerman does not get re-elected. She is a very hostile and disgraceful jurist, who tries to get the court staff to do shady things.

Other

Comment #: NY4827
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This horrible judge seeks pleasure in turning children's lives upside down. She ignores the obvious and shows hostility.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4826
Rating:1.1
Comments:
A complete disgrace! Our tax money is going to pay this lazy and bitter woman who hates her job and the litigants who appear before her. She is hostile to 90% of the members of the Bar. It seems that she reads People Magazine instead of the motions and issues before her. Her decisions make no sense and all of them require appeals if your clients can afford them. Prepare your clients for the appellate process and keep your affirmations under four pages, since she has the attention span of an unmedicated schizophrenic.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY4825
Rating:1.3
Comments:
This is a politically motivated, nasty woman who chooses to cause more issues for litigants, rather than to resolve them, all for the benefit of the very unethical vultures that are her close circle of friends who are matrimonial lawyers. If you do not donate to her campaign, stay clear -- she will hurt you!

Court Staff

Comment #: NY4824
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is a very vindictive and politically corrupt woman. I hope that she is to be disbarred someday! She puts the needs of children in her courtroom last, and her close lawyer buddies in the matrimonial bar first.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY4336
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is a disgrace to the bench. She has destroyed many children and families and doesn't blink an eye. She lost the election for the reason that the people have decided she has to go and she needs to go now and be removed now before she continues her path of destruction. I've heard horror stories about her miscarriage of justice over and over again to the harm and destruction of our children and the community is outraged and has voiced their opinion in the election. Someone needs to gather the statistics on the outcomes of her decisions and follow up with the children to show the destruction she is creating. I'm sure if it were her children involved it would be another story. She is destroying our community of families and children.

Litigant

Comment #: NY3813
Rating:7.0
Comments:
Fair with her decisions, efficient and moves things along which is very important as children are often involved and the sooner things are settled, the sooner the children can heal. She is a bit tough and she tries to have parties work things out thus avoiding the expense of a trial. Her prior experience in abuse and neglect cases and her knowledge of the Peace Program comes through in her decisions. My family is only part of the way through the litigation process, but this has been my experience thus far.

Litigant

Comment #: NY2638
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Pathetic. Biased. Doesnt even address the issues at hand. On one occasion what is written is in stone. On another occasion what is written doesnt mean anything. WHICH IS IT?? My divorce dragged on forever because this judge wouldnt make a single fair ruling and I was forced to settle or be bankrupt on legal fees. My children are the ones that suffer. She doesnt want to do her JOB which is to BE FAIR and to HELP families. She is lazy, biased, and just wants to push cases through without doing a single thing. She couldnt have even READ my papers before making a decision. My ex lied and manipulated the system and now I am the one that is stuck and there is no way to get help. Thank god she lost the last election. I will campaign against her tirelessly again if she ever tries another run. Who oversees the martimonial part in Nassau County? Is ANYONE looking???

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2498
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Hard working and tries to be fair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1988
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge does not allow lawyers to speak. What a disgrace to the bench. She is supposed to be helping families in crisis. What a shame for the families to have to go before this woman.Definitely mean spirited and miserable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1329
Rating:2.0
Comments:
the most irrascible and nasty judge in the family court of nassau. What a mean disposition she has!! I would never send an associate before this judge--she hates the job and lets all know it.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1316
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Dumb. Doesn't listen. Jumps to conclusions. My client's ex said he was drunk and excited and was spitting when he spoke. She yelled for five minutes about how vile it was and disrespectful to women it is to spit on them, thinking it was intentional...I couldn't explain she said that's how she determined he was drinking and was not saying it was intentional. Forget it. The she said he did cocaine. It clearly said he went to rehab 10 years prior. Can you read? Can you listen?