Hon. Deborah A. Batts See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:4.4 - 24 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=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Deborah A. Batts


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19788
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Easily the worst judge on the SDNY for more reasons than can be named. Regularly does absurd things sua sponte and is readily willing to deny litigants due process if she is bored or wants to speed things along. I would not be surprised if she is the most-frequently reversed on appeal judge in the Second Circuit. What I have observed of her courtroom demeanor is completely unprofessional. In the most-recent criminal trial I had in front of Judge Batts, even the prosecutor commented that she was showing clear favoritism for the government. I have heard that she has openly stated that she will give an advantage to women and minorities in her courtroom. When she does not understand an issue, her default response is to simply rule for the side she thinks should win, irrespective of the rules of procedure or evidence. The only good news is that she is now on senior status, so we may not have to worry about drawing her for new cases much longer.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19386
Rating:2.0
Comments:
I suspect Judge Batts may be intelligent, but you'd never know it because her arrogance and laziness override whatever smarts she may have. She will sit on your motion for half a year, then issue a short, borderline nasty ruling. If you don't like being a judge, get off the bench.

Litigant

Comment #: 19210
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My employment discrimination case was three years old and Judge Batts did not give me a trial date. When I wrote to my Senator to request a trial date she passed my case to another judge.

Other

Comment #: 17755
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
an incredibly outrageous violation of the law in favor of defendants with whom she has cozy relations

Other

Comment #: 13865
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I was a pro-se plaintiff in a civil rights case against federal police unlawfully invading my NY home due to a North Carolina State's Reliable Confidential Informant. Judge Batts' order granted Gov's motion to dismissed my civil rights case under Qualified Immunity legal grounds WITHOUT Judge Batts conducting Qualified Immunity Test under oath against federal police and WITHOUT Judge Batts requiring Gov to produce North Carolina State's Confidential Informant as evidence in NY's federal court. I will be filing a Complaint in the US Congress against Judge Batts soon. Judge Batts' conduct is being sued in the United States Court of Federal Claims which is being reviewed in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington DC.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12934
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I am puzzled by the negative comments posted above. Judge Batts has been, in my experience, engaged and efficient. She treated all counsel with respect and fairness.

Other

Comment #: 11417
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Whilenot a lawyer, I understand quite a lot about the law. Last year, I sat on a jury presided over by Judge Batts -- an exceptionally difficult case involving international drug trafficking that involved three weeks of testimony by scores of witnesses with complex legal issues at play. I admired her fairness, especially her close attention to the rights of the defendent, her knowledge of the law and ability to explain points to the jury in simple English, her ability to control the court room, her insistence on a certain decorum, her willingness to lighten the mood now and then, and last but by no means least, her firmness in confronting -- gently but archly -- a witness whose testimony was heading in a distinctly homophobic direction. I've heard she has been on Obama's short list for the Supreme Court and sincerely hope he considers her strongly for the next opening.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11406
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Batts substitutues cheating for scholarship. When a case comes on her docket that she doesn't want to try, she simply issues a "sua sponte" Order, even if the statutory time frame has not expired. Will think nothing of re-opening closed cases to issue censorship injunctions. Patently illegal denial of due process tactics deployed only by the judicially illiterate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10292
Rating:2.5
Comments:
I have a high opinion of most SDNY judges but Judge Batts is an exception. Cases languish literally for years while she waits to decide straightforward motions. Routinely prejudges matters and has been known to order counsel not to file a motion under penalty of sanctions, without even seeing the legal arguments first. Not sure if she has a pro-plaintiff bias or is simply bad.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9763
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Took over 3 years to rule on a motion. We would get the "don't call us, we'll call you treatment from Chambers when we inquired about the motion"

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9280
Rating:4.0
Comments:
Judge Batts is so arrogant you it makes you wonder if she hates her job. She is more interested in trying (unsuccessfully) to show how smart she is than she is in following the law.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 8422
Rating:1.8
Comments:
Judge Batts is an impediment to litigation. I have had a case before her for 5 years without an initial conference. After sitting on motions to dismiss for nearly three years, she issued opinions that were stunningly wrong and failed even to apply basic common sense. She appears to strive to do as little work as possible, which given the result when she does, may be a plus. If you are a plaintiff and draw her name from the wheel, think hard about never serving that complaint and filing elsewhere.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7713
Rating:3.3
Comments:
This judge sat on a simple transfer motion for over one year.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6127
Rating:2.6
Comments:
Judge Batts is smart but intellectually lazy. Like several SDNY judges she suffers from a God complex and is willing to make rulings she knows are wrong in order to clear her docket.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6124
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
When the judge's assignment "wheel" comes up Judge Batts, your case goes into a "black hole" where it languishes for years despite your very best efforts to prosecute it.

Other

Comment #: 5934
Rating:1.0
Comments:
With full declaration that she did not understand the subject matter, she proceeded to make a decision, knowing it would be addressed on appeal. Do we taxpayers need this expense?

Other

Comment #: 5933
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Ineffecient with time. Snippy with both sides. At times she displayed the arrogance of a bad municipal traffic court judge. Didn't understand the subject matter (technology). Didn't want to learn. On the other hand, she was fair to both parties, and complimentary to the lawyers on both sides. Her decision was based on specific reasoning on a specific issue. She overturned an ALJ at the ITC with 25 years of technical experience in patent law. But it all seems in a day's work for this judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5932
Rating:1.4
Comments:
This judge should not be on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3719
Rating:5.0
Comments:
It took her 30 months to sentence my meth. client without a 5K. It took an entire year after all submissions were in. I don't know what was going on in chambers, but I called and wrote, wrote and called, and could never get a sentencing date. The government and I called together. The client even wrote to her. Nothing. Our client really went stir-crazy in the MDC, not knowing what was going on. I thought of bringing a mandamus, but well, what would that have gotten us. Maybe she wasn't aware of it and it was her unfailingly abrupt courtroom deputy who was the roadblock. We'll never know.
As to the sentence, despite having what I believed were substantial 3553(a) factors and despite a Probation recommendation of 96-months in the face of a 135-158 sentencing range (after qualifying for the safety valve), she sentenced him to the minimum 135 months. I guess we should be happy we got the minimum Guideline range, but it's not often you get a recommendation below the guideline range. I was thoroughly disappointed that she did not go along with Probation's recommendation. This is entirely in line with what we had been told about her; she typically is a harsh sentencer in drug cases, but more lenient as a sentencer in other types of cases. We still got the minimum Guideline range, so I guess I can't gripe too much, except for the inexcusable delay in sentencing.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1414
Rating:7.6
Comments:
A decent person.