Hon. Elma Bellini

Judge Bellini's Average Overall Review:

2 Stars

Based on 4 reviews

  (585) 428-2616

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Judicial offices

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Monroe County, Elected, 2009 to 2022
  • Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Integrated Domestic Violence Parts, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, 2004 to 2008
  • Judge, County Court, Monroe County, Elected, 2001 to 2008
  • Judge, County Court, Monroe County, Appointed by Governor George Pataki, 2000 to 2001


  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1986

Bar admission

  • NYS, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, 1987

Professional experience

  • NYS Unified Court System, Special Matrimonial Referee, 2000 to 2000
  • NYS Unified Court System, Arbitration Administrator, 1999 to 2000
  • NYS Unified Court System, Confidential Law Clerk to Chief Administrative Judge, 1999 to 2000
  • Monroe County Public Defender's Office, Assistant Public Defender, 1989 to 1999

Professional and civic activities

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boy Scouts of America, Explorer Program
  • Camp Good Days and Special Times
  • Traveling Auschwitz Museum
  • Families with Children from China
  • St. Rita's Parish - Childrens Liturgy Instructor
  • Italian American Women's Civic Club
  • Italian American Law Enforcement Officers Association
  • Rochester Sister Cities Host Family
  • Rochester Women's Network
  • Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys
  • Monroe County Bar Association



745. other

This judge has a horrible reputation for granting parental rights to men who are abusive, not only verbally but physically and psychologically. Two cases she has presided have turned out to be a constant battle of custody and protection for the children involved. My cousin has had her rights reduced to 1 day every other week because she has a long standing relationship with the plaintiffs attorney. Another a friend of mine has had this asshole ex husband of hers physically assault her in front of the kids, put bruises on them, not feed them or give one medicine to help manage an illness he is ailing from. This woman clearly has her head in the clouds and needs to be disbarred. She has no place in the family court circuit, she shouldn't even be eligible for being a judge in a third world country. Under qualified and unethical all around. Speak with Albany to complain about her in your cases if you believe everything is totally one sided. Don't let her put your children in the wrong parents hands.


3240. witness

I appeared before judge Bellini during my devorce and found her to be fair and unbiased. She cared very much for my two sons. We will never forget her.


4191. party to case (pro se)

I had a situation that I get structure settlement payments. I was behind on rent, rge, and child support. The judge denied me after having me go back to court twice. She basically told me in a rude way this is not in your best interest, and that you gonna need to keep your monthly payments you gonna need it. I showed her all proof of everything I need help with, she is careless to men and don't care about your struggles I would advise people to be careful cause she tough for no reason. She denies people there own money cause that judge like to feel like she in control of people lives. Not fair at all!!!!


1816. witness

Was warned by people working in the court house she was mean and nasty and most men do not have a chance. I've seen her in action. Her abusive language and tantrums. She thinks we are back in the 60's. I watched her give alimony to a extremely large woman in court from a man who she told her self earns below poverty level. The man was retired, worked all his life to support his family, he's just a little skinny man and the ex wife brings home more money than he does and has 4 adults living under one roof. He has under $100 a month to live on. She also was in trouble with the law for drugs she was taking years ago. For a judge to be that cruel, she must be very unhappy. I can't even give her one star for anything.

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