Hon. Esther Salas See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
D.N.J.  
Average Rating:4.3 - 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. Esther Salas


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23156
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Salas has no business being on the federal bench. Just another example of political cronyism. Judge Salas show no ability to comprehend complex legal issues, or to even try to understand them. She refuses to hear oral argument even on summary judgment motions, meaning she has no interest in hearing the issues explained by the lawyers that know them best. She also takes forever to decide everything. Basically, she is willing to accept a nomination, a lifetime appointment and a paycheck while being unwilling to do the work or acquire the knowledge necessary to do even an adequate job. Just another example of the dumbing down of the federal bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23119
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Lacks the qualities expected of a federal judge on the civil litigation side. She seems to struggle with even the most straight toward legal issues. Her limited practical understanding of civil litigation (combined with the lack of a broad based education background) renders her unsuitable to handle complex civil litigation. Cases get away from her.

Litigant

Comment #: 18819
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Unable to handle federal court civil litigation. She has no ability to streamline the litigation and allows it to be a fishing expedition. She lacks an understanding of the fundamental legal concepts to focus the litigation to its essence. The way she handled Case No. 0:2-12-cv-01879, (ES)(CLW) is a landmark to start proceeding leading to her impeachment.

Litigant

Comment #: 18818
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Unable to handle federal court civil litigation. She has no ability to streamline the litigation and allows it to be a fishing expedition. She lacks an understanding of the fundamental legal concepts to focus the litigation to its essence. The way she handled Case No. 0:2-12-cv-01879, (ES)(CLW) is a landmark to start proceeding leading to her impeachment.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18508
Rating:1.2
Comments:
This Judge is not equipped to handle federal court civil litigations. She has no ability to streamline the litigation and allows it to be a fishing expedition. It takes too long to render decisions on motions. She lacks an understanding of the fundamental legal concepts to focus the litigation to its essence. This Judge was best placed as a Magistrate.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18122
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In case No. 2:11-cv-02307 (ES)(JAD) this Judge has shown that she is not interested in litigation when a pro-se is in between, even that the case implies elder abuse like the present one.
She appears to be biased and prejudiced.
In the said case has ruled only one time without significance.
She has been and outsider to the case itself with no control in the Magistrate Judge that has spoilt the the whole case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 17991
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In case No. 2:11-cv-02307 this Judge has shown that he is not interested in litigation when a pro-se is in between, even that the case implies elder abuse.
He appears to be biased and prejudiced.
In the said case has ruled only one time without significance, he has been and outsider to the case itself with no control in the Magistrate Judge that has spoilt the the whole case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12124
Rating:4.8
Comments:
While willing to do what it takes to in her role as a mediator, I have reservations about her ability to handle complex civil litigation issues, both from a legal scholarhsip standpoint as well as from a more basic understanding of nuances and requirements of the underlying Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. In the matters I have had before her (never criminal) I have seen a tendancy for issues to get away from her, to the detriment of the parties. This could be due to her lack of any real pre-judicial experience in this area.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 11834
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Salas was the last in a long line of Magistrate Judges assigned an environmental civil matter with almost 300 parties which had languished on the docket for almost ten years. She immersed herself in what, at that time, was an unfamiliar area of civil litigation and, without strong-arming any party or group, helped the parties reach agreement on a mutually acceptable allocation.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11465
Rating:4.0
Comments:
I've only had arraignments before her, but the fact that earlier this week she kept more than 50 people waiting two hours to assume the bench is a terrible reflection on her character/courtesy. After being two hours late, no "I'm sorry," nothing. And the procedure her clerk uses to write up bonds takes interminably long as well. Every other district has this worked out smoothly. If you appear before her on a criminal case (on a duty day), be prepared for a wait. She's a bit condescending as well and lets you know she thinks she's smarter than you. Even though she won't stick her neck out, and nearly uniformly grants the government's bail requests, I saw a glimmer of compassion in some of her bail decisions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9874
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Judge Salas successfully mediated a difficult multi-plaintiff employment matter for me. She is a terrific mediator - smart, hard-working and attuned to the needs and concerns of the plaintiffs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9006
Rating:1.6
Comments:
she has no understanding regarding civil litigation whatsoever

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8652
Rating:8.2
Comments:
Magistrate Salas has always been a pleasant, even handed judge, from the day one, but when she first went on to the bench, she seemed out of touch with Civil litigation; however over the last two years she has really managed to get the knack of what needs to be done, and has learned to see thru the posturing that is inevitable in this practice, and cut thru it without losing her compassion for the parties.