Hon. Alvin M. Yearwood See Rating Details

Criminal Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.7 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 2 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Alvin M. Yearwood



Comment #: NY7956
I Cant say good things about this judge; Alvin M YearWood Not only was he falling asleep in court while trial was going on But he is very unprofessinal and manipulates the jurry to be on his side of things. I believe all he wants to do is send people to jail instead of doing his job correctly! In my case he sent an innocent man to jail without there being ANY EVIDENCE that he commited the crime. I dont know how this man sleeps at night knowing that because of him innocent people sit in jail. What is his purpose of being a judge?


Comment #: NY283
Actually one of the smarter criminal court judges. He's kind of a combination of Sidney Poitier and Napoleon Bonaparte. The Napoleon complex makes him inordinately nasty to some junior assistants and sometimes self-destructively pig-headed. He's not too bad at clearing the calendar, though.


Comment #: NY236
A generally low level of professionalism with respect to the junior ADAs, and has ridiculous requirements for them. Also, jury instructions often horrendously wrong.


Comment #: NY19
Careful here! This guy has very low standards as to what consitutes "reasonable doubt." He was reversed on appeal this year in a case called People v. Belli(Mark). In his courtroom you're guilty 'til proven innocent.