Hon. Dickinson R. Debevoise See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
D.N.J.  
Average Rating:8.3 - 15 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. Dickinson R. Debevoise


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Other

Comment #: 21623
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is brilliant, in a very relaxed fashion. He is erudite with a sense of humor. Is it possible to have a profound sense of humor? Maybe I should write that he has a sense of perspective. He is a good judge, a good American, and a good man.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19656
Rating:6.3
Comments:
One can only wonder what has caused this judge's dramatic shift towards the government at this late stage of his life.

Litigant

Comment #: 9933
Rating:2.0
Comments:
maybe Judge D should go back and learn about the Fourth Amendment. He clearly gives priority and unfair advantage to moving parties. He ha clearly hidden behind discretion to violate "the peoples" rights. He is not worthy of the bench, or maybe this tool...is. Long story short, he is inadequate and fails to deliver justice. In fact, sometimes he waits several years to rule. Maybe at his age, he falls asleep. My advice....read the constitution before you climb onto the bench.

Litigant

Comment #: 9274
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Despite all of the accolades I have heard regarding Judge Debevoise, I found him to be an unreasonable tool of the government. While bending overboard to appear fair, in the end he gave the government everything they wanted. Perhaps we caught him on the wrong day; perhaps his reputation is undeserved. Regardless, it is hard to imagine having achieved a worse result. Retirement cannot come too soon.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8820
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A pleasure to appear before regardless of who you represent. He treats everyone with the same degree of courtesy and respect. From the impoverished pro se litigant to the white shoe lawyer... everyone gets their fair shake in his courtroom. Remarkable ability to discern justice. A great judge and a great person.

Litigant

Comment #: 7614
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I brought the IRS into Judge Debevoise's court on an order to show cause. The IRS was about to take money from a bank account - money that had already been paid to them through withholding. Even though I proved through simple W-2's and tax returns that the IRS was incorrect, he refused to act, elevating a presumption made by him that since they were pursuing me, they must be right, and above the evidence. "Presumption above evidence" - that's exactly what he said! What a bad judge.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 6458
Rating:6.6
Comments:
Good luck!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3832
Rating:9.3
Comments:
It can be very difficult
to macth Judge Debevoise's
expertise.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3433
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Best judge around. No question. Extremely knowledgeable, fair and unpretentious. Works hard to give timely decisions on motions. Fair and patient with all attorneys and litigants.

Litigant

Comment #: 3177
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Very fair and patient with pro se litigants. Remarkable ability to discern justice in a case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2753
Rating:10.0
Comments:
He is what I have always thought Judges were supposed to be. Brilliant, practical, impartial and temperate. Let's clone him while we can.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2335
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Smartest Judge on the Bench. Unpretentious, extremely courteous. A joy to appear before. Sharp as a needle. Only concession to tremendous longevity is a necessity to speak into microphone. May he continue in good health and may he stay on Bench for as long as he desires.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2298
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A great judge and a great person. He is unpretentious, incredibly considerate towards counsel and very able. A pleasure to appear before.