Hon. James Reitz

Judge Reitz's Average Overall Review:

2 Stars

Based on 15 reviews

  (845) 208-7875

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Judicial offices

  • Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Putnam County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, 2007 to Present
  • Judge, County Court, Putnam County (Multi-Bench/Family/Surrogate), Elected, 2007 to 2016


  • J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1989
  • BA, Mercy College, 1986

Bar admission

  • NYS Appellate Division, Second Department, 1991
  • United States District Court, 1992
  • United State Tax Court, 2000
  • State of Connecticut, Superior Court, 1990

Professional experience

  • Town of Carmel, Town Justice, 1996 to 2006
  • Major Law Firm, Attorney, 2002 to 2006
  • Private General Law Practice, 1991 to 2002

Professional and civic activities

  • Member, New York State Magistrates Association
  • Member and Past President, Putnam County Magistrates Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Putnam County Bar Association



4586. other

He is mentally sick. The man fell off a cliff iat lake George back in 2003 and suffered major head injuries. Unfortunately the citizens of Putnam have to suffer for is crazy demeanor. Unless someone puts this little man in his place, he will continue to get away with doing what he wants in the name of justice. Disgusting!


244. other

very temperamental, Not friendly, turns red when angry in court


6961. other

I would be reaching if I mentioned Judge Reitz was fair. He is one sided never asks questions to get the full story. He has mentioned how his plate is full and that he has been doing this for far to long. Not sure how he has been a judge for this long. It seems its time for change. I know he has never had a case where both parties came out pleased. As an elected official he should be undergoing an audit of cases he has had and currently has. The families of Putnam County deserve better. It is troubling to think that he feels he is almighty.


7219. attorney (government, criminal matters)

Absolute disgrace to the judicial system. Completely clueless and irrational. Makes no sense as even the court officers look at him w disgust. Heard he was being investigated for corruption. Hopefully he is too be removed.


7598. other

The doctor of brought this horrible human being back to life when he fell of a cliff in Lake George was the DEVIL himself. God was trying to do some housecleaning by ending this evil persons life but unfortunately the devil in the form of a doctor brought him back to life. He is a disgrace and the reason we moved out of Putnam County. I have to believe he reflects the majority of people in Carmel since he always gets voted in. Sad and sick!!


2315. party to case (with attorney)

Judge Reitz is a corrupt psycopath. He openly and blatantly violates men's rights. He truly gets his jollies by making men who are victims in family court into the perpetrators and then stripping them of their basic legal rights . He put my daughter at risk with her violent mentally ill mother. Thank god the case is being transfered from his court. I have heard from many other attorneys and litigants who have appeared before him that he is a clown and a moron and so on and so on. I believe it just boils down to the fact that the man is severely mentally ill himself


5245. party to case (with attorney)

This man or lack there of is a horrible person he is bias against men in every fashion & is on a power trip him & his favorite put county legal aid pat brophy are thick as thieves myself & the rest of the citizens of Putnam county should do a public service & not vote this pieace of garbage bak in


5284. other

If you, or someone you know, has information of a crime or suspicious activity, including events taking place within a judicial proceeding, judicial corruption, obstruction of justice, witness, evidence, or jury tampering, or illegal asset and monetary seizure, embezzlement, or conversion, please contact the FBI, at: 415-553-7400 fbi.dallas@ic.fbi.gov phoenix@ic.fbi.gov san.francisco@ic.fbi.gov richmond@ic.fbi.gov portland@ic.fbi.gov seattle@ic.fbi.gov or the US Securities and Exchange Commission (703) 813-9322 fax, saltlake@sec.gov sanfrancisco@sec.gov newyork@sec.gov denver@sec.gov losangeles@sec.gov miami@sec.gov


5508. party to case (with attorney)

I find him to be honest, trustworthy and am glad we have a judge who stands up for constitutional rights in our county. I plan on voting for him and expect him to win no problem again for another term. We are lucky to have him.


6664. party to case (with attorney)

lucky to have a judge like judge reitz. Very fair-gets to the truth to determine the outcome. Sees things that other people in court room overlook. He's judge for many reasons. I think he's great!!! Case still going on after one year but simply amazed at how he can see through the lies-and makes certain the kids well being is priority-judge Rooney is great also--support magistrates are another story- Thank you for being the judge!


6776. other

Judge Reitz is a very fair, honest man with constitutional integrity. It is our honor to have him as a Judge in putnam NY.


7057. attorney (private practice)

This man is an arrogant disgrace of a human being. Been in court w him many times w numerous clients. Always backs the wrong horse. Ignores every piece of evidence. Rarely addresses any of the issues at hand. Makes inapproriate jokes and comments. Flies off the handle for no reason. Loves to belittle and patronize people for his own amusement. A total disgrace to the judicial system and to the people of putnam county. Have spoken to many other attorneys about him and everyone agrees. This fact that this incompetent fool is resposible for people lives and the lives of small children is unconscionable. His positive reviews were obviously by friends.


7059. witness

He is a disgrace. He constantly belittles those in court. He is no judge but instead a court jester. He does not care for the welfare of the children, but instead prefers to reduce folks to tears. He is especially disrespectful to men that wish for him to enforce their parental rights as fathers. Last week someone from NYC was in court. He claimed that in his 36 years of practicing he had never encountered a more erratic judge.


8221. party to case (with attorney)

A disgusting arrogant fool. Totally erratic in court and loses his temper quickly. Has no clue in the cases I have been in his courtroom for.


8557. witness

Was called as a witness to a trial he was residing over. Completely disgusted with his demeanor and temperament. Treats people unfairly and doesn't have a clue to what's going on.

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