Hon. Joseph C. Pastoressa See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Suffolk County
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.0 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Joseph C. Pastoressa


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5857
Rating:Not Rated
My limited experience with Judge Pastoressa was unusually pleasant. He seems to wear his robes with pride and conscientiousness, as opposed to misusing his authority, as so many other judges do.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5256
I have had the pleasure of trying several cases before Judge Pastoressa. Judge Pastoressa is a trial lawyer's judge. He knows how a case should be tried, he knows the law better then most appellate lawyers, and he is absolutely fair. I welcome the assignment when I am on trial in Riverhead. When you appear in his part, know your case, and know the law that applies. Make sure to have current case law, because this judge is quite up to date on all of the latest decisions.


Comment #: NY4903
This judge knows the laws, but his (and his staff's) attention to detail is appalling. He ordered very expensive testing. The results were disturbing, but he probably never reviewed the results. He certainly never acted on the results, as the law prescribes.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1418
I agree completely with comment NY 1165. He makes trial work, which can be stressful, bearable if not enjoyable. A gentleman. Patient and knowledge on the law. If he doesn't know something he isn't afraid to say so.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1165
A pleasure to try a case. Courteous, patient and willing to listen to arguments, yet decisive when necessary. Knowledgeable about the rules of evidence-what should go in goes in and what should stay out stays out. A good example of what a judge should be.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY546
Nice guy, but pro-defense.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY501
This is smart man who lets you try your case. As fine a trial judge as I have ever appeared before. I had a MVA case with him a year ago.


Comment #: NY308
This judge has been assigned to my case. He has awarded me temporary custody of my children and child support. My problem with him? I've never met him; he doesn't step out of his chambers. Although it's been expressed as an emergency, he doesn't respond to motions of contempt on the part of my husband for non-payment of child support! It's been eight months now, and because of his lack of enforcement, my children and I are losing our home! Judge Pastoressa has failed my family. He has failed the system! He should step down if he cannot handle his case load instead of letting us fall through the cracks!