Hon. Peter M. Wendt See Rating Details

Housing Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.9 - 14 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 6 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. Peter M. Wendt


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Other

Comment #: NY5853
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Judge Wendt made me feel good about our legal system. My landlord tried to evict me, and I settled with them in a stipulation that had some very unfair terms for me. The judge went through every line item, explained the implications to me, and struck out unfair language that limited my rights. I am very grateful that he took the time to go through every detail. He looked for a fair resolution...in some instances, he added language to protect the landlord (which I felt was appropriate). He was kind to me, instructive to the young lawyers who opposed me, and it was almost fun. My only complaint is that it took more than an hour and a half, which was probably frustrating for the people after me. But, the judge did show consideration for a disabled woman and a non-English speaker and allowed them to go next. I was very impressed with Judge Wendt overall...yes, he is very old school, but in the best sense of the term.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5663
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If you were treated as disrespectfully as our attorney and as unfairly as we were, you can request a transcript of the proceedings: audiorecords@court.state.ny.us
Let's get the word out about this evil man.

Litigant

Comment #: NY5662
Rating:1.0
Comments:
OMG -- comments below totally reflect my experience -- my husband said Judge Wendt was like Fred Wynne playing the judge in My Cousin Vinnie. totally agree with: I thought that I was in a kangaroo court. And: The laws just did not seem to apply in his courtroom.

Litigant

Comment #: NY5473
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Peter Wendt is the Justin Volpe of Housing Court judges.

Other

Comment #: NY5277
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I thought that I was in a kangaroo court. This judge didn't hear anything about the case. When I sat, he only talked of how much. He shouted so many times. he is the worst kind of judge that I have ever experienced. With him, I cannot believe in justice in a courtroom.

Litigant

Comment #: NY5067
Rating:1.0
Comments:
After going to trial as a pro se litigant in front of Judge Wendt, I googled his name out of curiosity, wondering if he was notorious for being unfair. It is no surprise to find these posts about him. As a non-lawyer, doing countless hours of legal research and receiving free volunteer lawyer consultations, after going in front of this judge, I was disappointed in the legal system and could not believe this could happen in real life. The laws just did not seem to apply in his courtroom. Prior to the trial, I believed that the law was 100% on my side -- or anyone's side, for that matter. No one is above the law -- however, Judge Wendt seems to act as if he is. Judge Wendt disregarded the law and kept quoting cases and clauses which had no bearing on the case. He hardly allows anyone to speak, and he was this way towards the opposing side as well. He seemed forgetful and senile, and then accused me of putting words in his mouth. Judge Wendt also refused to hear my argument for a counter-claim. He simply wanted the case settled, and threatened that if we went to trial and I lost, that he would make me pay the legal fees. His first comments in the courtroom came after he looked at a public website and researched the petitioner for building violations -- which there were none -- and then tried to use this as a reason why the landlord couldn't possibly be at fault for anything. It was completely irrelevant to the case, and inappropriate, to make me guess the number of violations, as he did to open the conversation. He also commented on how I was dressed, and said that I "probably make a lot of money," implying that I don't live in Section 8 housing (which was also completely irrelevant, since we were never contesting the quality of the building, nor was Section 8 any part of the rationale for the trial). If I had money, I would have hired a lawyer and gone straight to the New York Supreme Court and won the case -- there was a nearly identical recent landmark case in New York that I had researched. I agree with the posts. A man who is so arrogant, and speaks more than he listens, does not have the right to be a judge. It is an injustice to mankind, a biased person sitting on the bench when his role is to be a wise and impartial judge, especially in Housing Court where people's lives are at stake, and just because they try to be respectful and dress accordingly for a trial, that should not have any negative bearing -- nor should he refuse to hear relevant facts, precedents, and arguments.

Litigant

Comment #: NY4703
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Wendt is transparent. His legal maneuverings aren't even sophisticated enough to get past a pro se litigant. Wendt in Housing Court is really just sad because there actually are Housing Court judges who are trying to be fair and objective in the face of overwhelming case loads.

Litigant

Comment #: NY4196
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The bar should be embarrassed that this man is a lawyer, much less a judge in any form. The term "honorable" is as far from defining this man as using "intelligent" to define a rock.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3868
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Judge Wendt is arrogant, and laughably pretentious. There can be no hope that this man will change his ways. He needs to be retired as soon as possible.

Other

Comment #: NY3767
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I liked him. He cares about the issues, is intelligent and is fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3146
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The following is based upon information and belief:

Judge Wendt is an ornery man who seems like he hates what he does and hates those with whom he deals.

He has a short fuse, horrible temper, and does not listen to argument, let alone reason and logic.

He disregards ironclad contracts and threatens tenants to not go to trial or else he'll see that they lose. He makes unprofessional ultimatums and is an embarrassment to the Bar, both New York and in general. Further, he is just a plain embarrassment to everyone and should not be in a position of power.

Other

Comment #: NY2933
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
HE'S VERY MUCH PRO LANDLORD. IF YOU MAKE THE MISTAKE OF GOING IN FRONT OF HIM PRO-SE, YOU BETTER BE PREPARE, SPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A MINORITY.

Other

Comment #: NY2919
Rating:4.0
Comments:
this judge is very arrogant, temperamental, does not allow you speak (unless you are white). going to court and facing this judge makes a very frustrating experience. Love to ask for respect for his court, does not believe in giving it to the other person. make a mockery out the judicial system

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2728
Rating:5.5
Comments:
Smart, but not nearly as smart as he thinks he is. Wastes attorneys time by refusing to let them leave the court room-- "don't leave. Your case is next". Tow hours later you are still waiting. Talks too much and listens too little. Takes over your argument on motions, flies the argument to somewhere only he can imagine, and then rules against you because his argument is wrong!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2523
Rating:2.1
Comments:
What others have said is on-target, confirming my own perceptions. He flatters himself with his ability to recite cases with every period & comma in place, but when it comes to understanding, interpreting & applying the law, he fails. He is notorious around the Courthouse for his quirks, and needs to retire where he can do no more harm.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1924
Rating:3.0
Comments:
He has an awful attitude and is not a nice person. While knowledgeable about the law, his absolutely terrible demeanor makes it a true nightmare to appear before him. If there is a God, he will make this man retire soon.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY1054
Rating:8.6
Comments:
There need to be more judges like him who actually care about the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1053
Rating:2.6
Comments:
J. Wendt has been on the bench too long, and he thiinks he's above the law and facts. He's mercurial and unreliable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY620
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Judge Wendt raves while on the bench and seems overwhelmed by his job. He is just awful.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY616
Rating:1.3
Comments:
A smart, arrogant lunatic. This guy apparently has been driven nuts by sitting for too many years in landlord-tenant court. Time for retirement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY584
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge has a bizarre temperament that overshadows all else. He appears overwhelmed by his case load and cannot get his arms around all his cases. He is an awful judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY548
Rating:1.4
Comments:
This quasi-Dickensian lunatic acts as though he is either the king or the court jester in his courtroom: he yells at and threatens lawyers and litigants, and his demeanor is truly bizarre. He needs to be involuntarily retired.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY516
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Is not punctual. Lacks industry. Is inefficient. Constantly interrupts counsel and witnesses. Seems to lack self-control. Regales himself by citing his own published opinions. Is rude and condescending to litigants and lawyers. Some higher judicial officer nees to sit in his court once to figure out what the problem is.