Hon. Charles S. Haight, Jr. See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:7.4 - 13 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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. Charles S. Haight, Jr.


Comments


Litigant

Comment #: 24043
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible judge, pompous. Can he be sent back to New York.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23932
Rating:1.7
Comments:
As noted below by an earlier commenter, the bias in favor of corporate interests, and the government, is marked, obvious, and almost comical. Opinions have an air of not being written by him but clerks with no life or legal experience. Pretentious literary allusions (it's "legion" not "Legion" (unless there was a bizarre attempt to reference the New Testament)), make it worse.

Good time to retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23633
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Be prepared to have your Complaint micro-analyzed for three years or more. Fact pleading controls.

Basically makes Bleak House look like a rocket docket. Decisions are verbose and strewn with gratuitous, innumerable footnotes about irrelevancies such as President Ford and other tangents.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21871
Rating:5.7
Comments:
if you want to delay a case here, file something. Anything. It will delay the case for years. A defense lawyer's dream. seventh amendment has no practical application.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 17682
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Superb judge and a consummate gentleman. A pleasure to appear before him.

Litigant

Comment #: 11898
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Judge Haight exhibits pro-government bias!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10147
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Had my first case with him as he is now sitting in Connecticut. Boy, the New York bar really lost something when Haight moved to CT. A fine judge and a real gentleman. It was a pleasure to be before him. A throw back to the days when more federal judges were like him. Now he's a gem in the midst of a bunch of crude politicos.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8348
Rating:8.2
Comments:
I tried a civil jury case before him a few years back. He would seem to have been sent from central casting as the perfect judge: scholarly, a gentleman to the core, diligent, always willing to listen to argument with an open mind. I found him to be slightly biased in favor of the defense, but still mostly even-handed. I will probably never try a case before a better judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1242
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Another excellent jurist. Will give full attention to matters before the Court. Very detail oriented - woe to those who try to slip one past this Judge! Also, a great maritime judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1009
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Haven't tried a case in front of him but hope to before he retires. An excellent judge in all respects. A credit to the bench.