Hon. P. Kevin Castel See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:6.1 - 12 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. P. Kevin Castel


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20761
Rating:4.0
Comments:
Unfortunately, Judge Castel decides his answers without really understanding both sides of the facts, and is very pro-government. Sadly, the government changes the facts to suit themselves and the truth does not get shown in court.

Other

Comment #: 18771
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He saw him put an innocent man away for the sole purposes to prove a point and make an example. He is crude and pro- goverment . Already had his mind made up prior to sentencing. Unfortunate that he is ok with his low level standard of ethics. I'm surprised the man can sleep at night knowing he displays such injustice in the courtroom under oath. It's truly ashame that such people have such powerful positons and do not use them accordingly.

Other

Comment #: 13277
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Hon.P.Kevin Castel is nasty judge that does not have any empathy for anyone. He is for the government even when they could not prove there case. He also will sentence people well above the standard jail time.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13127
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am a person that sat through 4 trials and this was the "worse, "biased, pro government judge I have ever seen on the bench, he should "not be allowed on "any criminal case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12510
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Unfit to sit in any bench nevermind the SDNY. Nasty. Loose with rulings. Unfamiliar with law. Shorttempered and biased. Truly unfortunate. Take a magistrate every time. Always for the Govt - City, State, Country.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11363
Rating:9.7
Comments:
highly intelligent, has the mental power of a circuit court judge...a little intimimdating. He ruled against my client but he was unbiased and academic.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9811
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Clearly demonstrates a bias towards the Government. He decides the case in his head before the trial even starts (almost always for the government) and does everything he can to help the side he has chosen.

Other

Comment #: 9077
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I am a law firm librarian and last year I was the foreman on a patent infringement case tried before Judge Castel. During the two-week trial the jury had to deal with many technical aspects involving the patent in question. Throughout that time, Judge Castel exhibited the highest qualities one could want of a Federal trial court judge: Respect for all of the parties, including the jurors; a facility for moving along the case once a point had been made; a grasp of procedural matters which seemed almost second-nature to him; and a sense of humor necessary during a tedious (yet important) trial. Judge Castel deserves the accolades which I have seen already posted on this site.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7714
Rating:7.8
Comments:
Smart and gets to the heart of the matter fast.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5354
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Had a five day jury trial with this judge and he presided over the matter fairly and was fully prepared. Great judge, and could not sense any leanings from his decisions.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2271
Rating:8.8
Comments:
I tried a three-day civil rights case in front of Judge Castel and was very impressed at (1) the balance he struck between letting the parties put on their case and moving the case along and (2) the speed and accuracy of his evidentiary rulings on complicated questions. He runs about as informal a courtroom as is consistent with efficiency and adversarial respect. My sense was that most of the jurors hated the case but loved him.