Meet the judgesPatricia DiMango

Patricia DiMango
  • NY State Supreme Court Justice, Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, Bronx, NY
  • Appointed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to serve as Judge in Criminal Court for City of New York
  • College Professor and former NYC Public School teacher

Patricia DiMango

Justice Patricia M. DiMango serves as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution’s syndicated court program HOT BENCH, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin.

Justice Patricia M. DiMango serves as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution’s syndicated court show HOT BENCH, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin.  The program returned for its third season Monday, September 12, 2016.  During the 2015-2016 season, HOT BENCH was the fastest growing first-run show in syndication, up 33% in homes delivering 3.4 million daily viewers.

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appointed Justice DiMango to serve as a judge in the criminal courts for the City of New York. She became the first Italian-American woman in that position and was the first to be elected to the New York State Supreme Court in the 2nd and 11th Judicial Districts. Most recently, Justice DiMango held the positions of First Deputy Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, Second Judicial District and Supervising Justice of the Bronx Felony Project.

These assignments ultimately led to Justice DiMango being appointed as the Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court Criminal Term in Brooklyn, New York.

Over the years, she gained public recognition for handling high-profile trials, particularly those involving murders of young children, other crimes against children and hate crime murders.

Justice DiMango has a stern but fair reputation combined with a balance of street smarts and legal knowledge. These traits assist her in resolving a large volume of serious felony cases from their arraignment through trial. Known for her efficiency in closing cases, she was assigned to address the backlog of felony cases in the Bronx Supreme Court from January 2013-January 2014.

Justice DiMango received her law degree from St. John’s University where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and received awards and scholarships in recognition for her other academic achievements.  In addition to her Juris Doctorate, Justice DiMango holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in Developmental Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude from Brooklyn College in both Psychology and Education. In 2012, she received the Alumna of the Year Award from Brooklyn College and was also the recipient of the prestigious Rapallo Award. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Judiciary Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild and was named “Woman of the Year” by the New York State Supreme Court Officers Association In 2014, she was named “Woman of the Year” by The New York State Court Officers Association.   Additionally, she served as Master of Ceremonies for the NY State Broadcasters Association Awards.  In 2015, Justice DiMango was the Grand Marshal of the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade. She was also recognized as being the “Woman Of The Year” for the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator’s “Kings of Kings” event.  Additionally, she was the honored celebrity speaker at The Greater New York Dental Association National Convention. In 2016, she was named “Woman of The Year” by the Italian Charities of America.

Justice DiMango has appeared on numerous television programs including “Wendy Williams,” “Rachael Ray” and “Steve Harvey.”  She has also been featured giving legal insight on stories on “Entertainment Tonight,” Fox News, “Inside Edition” and “The Insider,” among others.

While pursuing her Master’s Degree, Justice DiMango was a school teacher for the New York City Public Schools, focusing on special education of children with emotional and intellectual deficiencies.

Upon her graduation from law school, she served five and a half years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. During her tenure there, she was given the extra responsibility of being cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. She later worked as a law clerk in both Kings and Queens Counties to Supreme Court Justices Steven Fisher, Reinaldo Rivera and Luigi Marano. During this time, Justice DiMango volunteered as a Small Claims Court Arbitrator.

Justice DiMango returned to her passion for education and became an Adjunct Associate Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Forensic Psychology at St. John’s University for approximately 10 years. For the past 5 years, she has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at New York City Technical College.

More than a dozen of Justice DiMango’s court decisions have been published along with her contributions to numerous bar association journals.

Justice DiMango was the chairperson on the Board of Directors of the Law and Paralegal Studies Department at New York City Technical College, the chairperson on the Assigned Counsel Advisory Committee for the 2nd, 11th and 13th Judicial Districts. She is currently on the Board of Directors for The Cathedral Club of Brooklyn.

HOT BENCH is created by Judge Judy Sheindlin and executive produced by Randy Douthit and Maureen Fitzpatrick. Amy Freisleben is co-executive producer. Patricia DiMango, Tanya Acker and Michael Corriero comprise the three-judge panel. HOT BENCH is produced by Big Ticket Pictures and Queen Bee Productions. It is distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

  • NY State Supreme Court Justice, Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, Bronx, NY
  • Appointed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to serve as Judge in Criminal Court for City of New York
  • College Professor and former NYC Public School teacher
Sonia Montejano

Sonia Montejano

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Michael Corriero

Michael Corriero

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Tanya Acker

Tanya Acker

Judge Tanya Acker Tanya Acker, attorney and civil litigator, serves as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution's syndicated court program HOT BENCH, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin. Tanya Acker, attorney and civil litigator, serves as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution’s syndicated court show HOT BENCH, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin. […]