Feb 11, 2021
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.
Justice DiMango was first appointed to serve as a judge in the criminal courts for the city of New York by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. She became the first Italian-American woman ever appointed to that position. Thereafter, she was elected to the New York State Supreme Court bench in the 2nd and 11th Judicial Districts, and again was the first Italian-American woman elected to that position. Soon after, she was elevated to the position of First Deputy Administrative Judge for criminal matters, 2nd Judicial District.
Justice DiMango’s reputation was that of a stern but fair judge combined with a balance of street smarts and legal knowledge. These qualities assisted her in handling a large volume of serious felony cases from their arraignment through trial. She was also known for her efficiency in closing a vast numbers of cases in a fair and timely fashion. Her judicial acumens came to the attention of the Chief Judge of the State of New York and he selected her to spearhead his initiative to reduce the backlog of felony matters in the Bronx. Hence, Justice Di Mango was named Supervising Justice of the Bronx Felony Project from January 2013-Januarary 2014.
In the course of her judicial career she also gained public recognition for handling high-profile trials, particularly those involving murders of young children, other crimes against children and hate crime murders. Ultimately, these assignments resulted in Justice DiMango’s appointment as the Administrative Judge of the New York State Supreme Court Criminal Term in Brooklyn, Kings County. After a special assignment in the Bronx, she was brought back to Brooklyn where she was elevated to the position of Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters Kings County Supreme Court.
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.
Justice DiMango has appeared on numerous television programs including “Wendy Williams,” “Rachael Ray” and “Steve Harvey” and can be heard on many talk radio shows. 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.
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