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2014 Judicial Survey Results for 6th Circuit of Florida

 

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Methodology:  Judicial Survey of the 69 Judges (in both Civil and Criminal divisions) in the 6th Circuit covering both Pinellas and Pasco Counties.  The survey was open to private Attorneys (both civil and criminal defense), prosecutors, assistant public defenders, and government attorneys.  Approximately 3200 email invites were sent based on emails provided by the Florida Bar’s mailing list for attorneys in the 6th Circuit.  Of the invites sent, approximately 262 requested a ballot prior to the survey.  Some Hillsborough County attorneys expressed interest and also participated.  Of the 262 that requested ballots, only 115 cast ballots.  Each judge was rated on 5 categories and attorneys were given an opportunity to provide positive feedback (negative comments were omitted).  Voters were made to certify prior to being allowed to participate in survey that they would, 1) Not provide a rating if they were unfamiliar with a judge; 2) Cast a rating devoid of any personal feelings towards any judge and based only on the categories.  * This is not a scientific survey.  All the ballots were cast electronically with encryption security.  3  attorneys accepted appointment to act as polling officers to oversee the integrity of the survey process and results.  The individual ratings are anonymous and polling officers only have access to overall scores and comments, they are unable to link ratings and comments to participants.

Committee Promoting Judicial Excellence hosted its first annual Judicial Survey and as a committee will meet annually to oversee judicial survey process. This Committee has been appointed by the newly created Association of Lawyers Promoting Judicial Excellence which is a non-partisan organization which welcomes members from the legal community, judiciary, and public.

The Committee is composed of the following members:

Nina Hayden, Esq., Michael Bowdish, Esq., Sonny Im, Esq., Dyril Flanagan, Esq., Craig Epifanio, Esq., Haydee Oropesa, Esq., Stacy McNally, Esq., and Donald Simon, Esq.

              SCALE:    1-Poor       2- Average     3- Good      4- Very Good    5- Excellent 

Judge Linda Allan

Judicial Demeanor: (4.19)Allan 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.44)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.47)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.3)

Application of the Law:  (4.45)

Overall Rating:  (4.37)

Comments:

An excellent judge overall, especially in trial. ” 

“Awesome.”

“Best Judge in the Circuit”

“Considered, accurate, projects respect for the attorneys before her.”

“Judge Allan is no nonsense and stern but also shows compassion.”

“Sorry to have lost her to Domestic!!”

“Treats attorneys with courtesy, it is appreciated.”

 Judge Michael Andrews

Judicial Demeanor: (3.29) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.85)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.22)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.69)

Application of the Law:  (3.83)

Overall Score: (3.78)

Comments:

“Courteous to attorneys, well organized.”

“Excellent Judge, always prepared, always fair.”

“Very fair and courteous judge. Good experiences in front o him.”

Judge Linda Babb

Judicial Demeanor: (3.79) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.83)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.77)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.81)

Application of the Law:  (3.93)

Overall Score: (3.83)

Comments:

“Judge Babb is truly an outstanding judge, who I believe represents the highest standards of the bench.”

Judge Susan Bedinghaus

Judicial Demeanor: (3.07) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.19)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.46)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (2.91)

Application of the Law:  (2.91)

Overall Score: (3.11)

Comments:

“1 of the best in Pinellas”

“Has grown on the bench into a good judge.”

Judge Bruce Boyer

Judicial Demeanor: (3.59)boyer

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.91)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.89)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.76)

Application of the Law:  (3.91)

Overall Score: (3.81)

Comments:

“A good judge.  Wish we had more like him.”

“Boyer is one of the best state court judges I’ve ever seen. He has an excellent demeanor and always seems to know the law.”

“Thoughtful, complete and acccurte, well organized and always demonstrates judicial demeanor and respect for the attorneys before him.”

Judge Joseph A. Bulone

Judicial Demeanor: (3.97) Bulone

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.29)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.32)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.8)

Application of the Law:  (4.17)

Overall Score: (4.11)

Comments:

“Probably the best case manager on the bench.  He knows the law and is not afraid to make decisions.  Fair to both sides.”

“Treats attorneys on both sides with respect.”

“Very practical and  complete.   Demonstrates fairness and  respect for the attorneys who appear before him.”

Judge William H. Burgess, III

Judicial Demeanor: (3.68) Burgess 2

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.16)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.34)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.47)

Application of the Law:  (3.97)

Overall Score: (3.92)

Comments:

“Judge Burgess is one of the most consistent judges in the application of the law to the specific facts and circumstances of each case that is before him.  Judge Burgess can be depended upon to be fair and impartial regardless of the circumstances of the parties.”

“Judge Burgess is truly an outstanding judge, who I believe represents the highest standards of the bench.”

“The experience in Mortgage Foreclosure  has driven the court system to  adopt the “get the properties back to the stream of commerce” direction.   He has worked to educate himself and has written a published “Florida Bar Journal article.    He is a considered judicial officer  who was placed in a position  he could not demonstrate his  full judicial temperment considering the work load and  mandates imposed upon him.”

Judge Patrick Caddell

Judicial Demeanor: (4.33) Caddell

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.18)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.24)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.32)

Application of the Law:  (4.44)

Overall Score: (4.30)

Comments:

“Completely independent and not afraid to make decisions in the courtroom.”

“Judge Caddell  has passed and he was a wonderful person and a Judge who is an example for all.”

Judge Kim Campbell

Judicial Demeanor: (4.07) Kim Campbell

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.71)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.7)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.75)

Application of the Law:  (3.7)

Overall Score: (3.79)

Comments:

“For a judge with less than two years of judicial experience, Judge Campbell demonstrates a judicial demeanor that is beyond her years of experience.  Judge Campbell is respectful, yet firm, and always allows both parties in a domestic issue to have his and her day in court.  Judge Campbell is a true example of what each judge should strive to be in a courtroom.”

Judge Pamela Campbell

Judicial Demeanor: (4.16) Campbell

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.15)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.18)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.88)

Application of the Law:  (3.88)

Overall Score: (4.05)

Comments:

“A credit to the 6th Circuit!”

“Complete, considered and professional in all aspects of her personal, professional and judicial life.”

“Judge Campbell is an excellent judge with an impeccable judicial demeanor.  She is always well prepared and well versed in the various legal issues which litigants bring before her.”

“Judge Campbell thoroughly reviews all materials, motions and case documents–sometimes on extremely short notice, no matter how voluminous.  Having tried numerous cases before her, her preparedness is extremely helpful when addressing detailed case specific issues which may arise during trial.  Her attention to detail, demeanor and fairness toward the parties are exemplary.  The citizens of Pinellas County are fortunate to have Judge Campbell on the bench.”

Judge John Carassas

Judicial Demeanor: (4.22) carassas

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.83)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.14)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.67)

Application of the Law:  (3.51)

Overall Score: (3.87)

Comments:

“Practical and considered. Provides respect to the attorneys before him.”

Judge John Carballo

Judicial Demeanor: (4.42) Caraballo

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.16)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.38)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.04)

Application of the Law:  (3.96)

Overall Score: (4.21)

Comments:

“Always gives both sides a fair shake to make their argument.  Great judge.”

“An excellent Judge.  Listens to both sides and applies the law accurately and fairly.”

“Judge Carballo consistently demonstrates fairness to both sides of a dispute.”

“Very nice Judge inside the court room and out.”

Judge Sherwood Coleman

Judicial Demeanor: (4.33) coleman

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.36)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.45)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.09)

Application of the Law:  (4.27)

Overall Score: (4.3)

Judge Thane Covert

Judicial Demeanor: (4.3) covert 2

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.32)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.43)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.86)

Application of the Law:  (4.2)

Overall Score: (4.22)

“Embodies what one would expect of a judge with the highest level of integrity.”

“Excellent demeanor and incredible professionalism.  Judge Covert has proved to be a fine jurist and no doubt will continue to improve with time.”

“Good demeanor, and very intelligent and good on evidence.”

Judge Shawn Crane

Judicial Demeanor: (3.98) crane

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.91)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.81)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.56)

Application of the Law:  (4.02)

Overall Score: (3.86)

Comments:

“Judge Crane is exceptional with regard to juvenile delinquency issues”

“Judge Crane is one of the best judges on the bench.  He listens thoroughly and well, he asks good questions, is always prepared, and he knows and applies the law accurately.  It is a pleasure to practice in his courtroom.”

Judge Jack Day

Judicial Demeanor: (3.53) Day

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.54)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.51)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.78)

Application of the Law:  (3.4)

Overall Score: (3.55)

Comments:

“Works very hard and provides completely professional judicial demeanor to all officers of the court and parties before him.”

Judge Daniel D. Diskey

Judicial Demeanor: (3.7) Diskey

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.6)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.45)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.74)

Application of the Law:  (3.84)

Overall Score: (3.67)

Comments:

“Judge Diskey consistently demonstrates fairness to all whom appear before him and can be relied upon to make consistent and appropriate decisions.  Judge Diskey spends significant time and diligence on his final judgments and is a prime example of how judges should prepare judgments, post trial, and does not depend on the parties to prepare such final judgments.”

Judge Robert Dittmer

Judicial Demeanor: (3.83) Dittmer

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.95)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.13)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.02)

Application of the Law:  (3.62)

Overall Score: (3.71)

Comments:

“gives a fair trial, pleasant experience in his courtroom, very good demeanor”

Judge Dee Anna Farnell

Judicial Demeanor: (4.31) Farnell

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.14)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.86)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.82)

Application of the Law:  (3.98)

Overall Score: (4.02)

Comments:

“Great presence and always in total control of her courtroom.”

“Judge Farnell is always professional, compassionate, and incredibly down to earth.  Just watch her step down off the bench and interact with the individuals scheduled to appear before her in drug court, so admirable.”

“Judge Farnell puts more heart and soul into her position than could ever be expected.  While her calendars take longer it is because she is trying to handle each case individually and save lives.”

“works very very hard and brings passion to the courtroom”

Judge Philip Federico

Judicial Demeanor: (4.33) Federico

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.42)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.46)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.17)

Application of the Law:  (4.34)

Overall Score: (4.34)

Comments:

“1 of the Best Judges in Pinellas”

“Excellent Judge to practice in front of, Fair to both sides. Expects attorneys to be prepared.”

“Judge Federico is an effective judge.”

“Model judge”

“One of the best judges to sit on the bench. Always prepared, always fair, never rude to attorneys.”

“Straight shooter and completely independent.  Not afraid to make decisions in the courtroom.”

“Very fair and reasonable in every case I’ve had in front of him.  This judge just gets it.  The Sixth Circuit is very lucky to have him.”

“Very fair and sensible judge. Moves his courtroom very efficiently.”

“Very hard working judge.  Completely professional in all aspect of his judicial demeanor.”

“one of the best judges on the bench, hands down.”

Judge Paul Firmani

Judicial Demeanor: (4.65) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.44)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.39)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.65)

Application of the Law:  (4.61)

Overall Score: (4.55)

Comments:

“Judge Firmani is exemplary as a county judge as he truly understands that county court is the “Peoples’ Court.”

 

Judge Thomas Freeman

Judicial Demeanor: (2.73) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.74)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.23)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.81)

Application of the Law:  (3.56)

Overall Score: (3.61)

Judge Walt Fullerton

Judicial Demeanor: (2.86) fullerton

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.27)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.53)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.09)

Application of the Law:  (3.06)

Overall Score: (3.16)

Comments:

“Shoulda been named to circuit bench years ago!”

Judge Susan L. Gardner

Judicial Demeanor: (4.25) gardner

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.16)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.24)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.35)

Application of the Law:  (4.04)

Overall Score: (4.23)

Comments:

“A real lawyer’s judge.  She seems to understand the realities faced by practicing lawyers.”

Judge Frank Grey

Judicial Demeanor: (4.71) grey

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (5)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.67)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.6)

Application of the Law:  (4.6)

Overall Score: (4.72)

Judge Raymond O. Gross

Judicial Demeanor: (4.08) gross

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.29)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.32)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.03)

Application of the Law:  (4.15)

Overall Score: (4.17)

Comments:

“An excellent Judge”

“Judge Gross is an effective judge.”

“Very professional judicial demeanor to all that appear before him.”

Judge Mary M. Handsel

Judicial Demeanor: (3.92) Handsel

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.5)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.5)

Application of the Law:  (3.74)

Overall Score: (3.73)

Comments:

“Excellent Judge.  Impartial, listens to both sides and applies the law.”

“Judge Handsel’s greatest strength is her willingness to assist both the State and the defense with reaching fair dispositions of criminal cases.”

“Very Fair Judge”

Judge Chris Helinger

Judicial Demeanor: (2.77) chris helinger

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.56)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.7)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (2.76)

Application of the Law:  (3.4)

Overall Score: (3.24)

Comments:

 “While I have not appeared before Judge Helinger in some time, she was  invaluable as a dependency-court judge as she was always willing to listen to both sides of a dependency issue and ruled appropriately on the specific facts and circumstances.”

Judge Jack Helinger

Judicial Demeanor: (3.72) jack helinger

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.19)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.44)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.77)

Application of the Law:  (4.17)

Overall Score: (4.06)

Comments:

“He has not lost his advocacy demeanor that he had as an attorney.”

“Judge Jack Helinger represents all that the bar and public expect of a judge. He is fair, polite, professional, and always prepared. He shows no ego and has a humble but professional temperament.”

“very courteous to litigants and attorneys. “

“Appreciated greatly.”

Judge Kathleen T. Hessinger

Judicial Demeanor: (3.1) hessigner

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.82)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.94)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.2)

Application of the Law:  (3.5)

Overall Score: (3.51)

Judge Donald E. Horrox

Judicial Demeanor: (4.46) Horrox

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.47)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.56)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.94)

Application of the Law:  (4.27)

Overall Score: (4.34)

Comments:

“I always know I am going to be listened to and given a fair shot in his courtroom.”

“Judge Horrox is very knowledgeable, presiding over his cases with an excellent judicial demeanor.  We are all very fortunate that he chose to serve on the bench.”

“Probably the most knowledgeable county court judge on the bench.  Not afraid to make decisions in the courtroom.  Fair to both sides.”

“The community is well served by having Judge Horrox on the bench.  He is a judicial class act.”

Judge Edwin Jagger

Judicial Demeanor: (4.88) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.59)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.52)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.71)

Application of the Law:  (4.62)

Overall Score: (4.66)

Judge George Jirotka

Judicial Demeanor: (3.88) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.42)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.39)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.19)

Application of the Law:  (3.71)

Overall Score: (3.72)

Comments:

“Judge Jirotka’s judicial demeanor is exemplary.  He has always shown respect to all who appear before him, especially in family-law matters.”

 “tries always to do right,good man!”

Judge Lorraine Kelly

Judicial Demeanor: (4.67) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.32)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.4)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.41)

Application of the Law:  (4.26)

Overall Score: (4.41)

Comments:

“A particularly excellent Judge in family and children’s cases, always a pleasure to appear in front of her.”

“Firm yet compassionate, a well balanced judge.  Superb temperament and commitment to following the law.”

“Very fair and reasonable. Very good demeanor”

Judge Lauren C. Laughlin

Judicial Demeanor: (4.05) laughlin

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.06)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.78)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.16)

Application of the Law:  (4.47)

Overall Score: (4.12)

Judge Paul Levine

Judicial Demeanor: (4.09) Levine

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.76)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.1)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.76)

Application of the Law:  (3.84)

Overall Score: (3.91)

Comments:

“Judge Levine has a great temperament and displays a willingness to follow the law.”

“Very Good Judge.”

Judge Nancy Moate Ley

Judicial Demeanor: (2.19) ley

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.36)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.58)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (2.48)

Application of the Law:  (3.27)

Overall Score: (2.98)

Judge Walt Logan

Judicial Demeanor: (3.65) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.21)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.5)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.29)

Application of the Law:  (4.34)

Overall Score: (4.2)

Comments:

“Judge Logan is one of the best judges to sit on the bench in 30 years.  I have never observed him being anything less than professional to the attorneys and litigants who appear before him.  I would also have to say that he is the most intellectual judge on the bench.  He will sorely be missed when he retires.”

“Pick of the litter, going away!”

Judge J. Thomas McGrady

Judicial Demeanor: (4.47) Mcgrady

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.22)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.37)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.2)

Application of the Law:  (4.27)

Overall Score: (4.31)

Comments:

“Has been a capable and admirable leader as chief judge.”

“Judge McGrady is very involved in the legal community and is very diligent about ensuring that the legal community is kept well-apprised of the matters of immediate concern to the 6th Judicial Circuit.”

Judge Cathy McKyton

Judicial Demeanor: (2.5) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.02)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.63)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (2.29)

Application of the Law:  (2.59)

Overall Score: (2.81)

Judge Myra Scott McNary

Judicial Demeanor: (3.2) mcnary

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.14)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.34)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.17)

Application of the Law:  (2.79)

Overall Score: (3.13)

“Excellent Judge”

“Very capable and accurate”

Judge Keith Meyer

Judicial Demeanor: (4.07) Meyer

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.18)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.23)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.98)

Application of the Law:  (4.04)

Overall Score: (4.1)

Comments:

“A fairly new judge but excellent”

“Good young judge. Eager to learn all aspects of the law.  Fair to both sides and controls his courtroom”

“Great addition to the bench, is serving the public well. Excellent demeanor.”

“Great Judge!”

Judge Stanley R. Mills

Judicial Demeanor: (3.77) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.81)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.64)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.75)

Application of the Law:  (4)

Overall Score: (3.79)

Comments:

“A very smart and seasoned judge. He always seems to understand the issues.  He will be missed when he retires at the end of the year.”

Judge Thomas Minkoff

Judicial Demeanor: (3.38) minkoff

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.44)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.41)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.44)

Application of the Law:  (3.28)

Overall Score: (3.39)

Comments:

“The judicial assignment in mortgage foreclosure is overwhelming.  The obligation to ‘get the properties back into the stream of commerce’ has been an evolving judicial process.  Having to deal with hundreds of motions a week has been done efficiently and with professional judicial demeanor.”

Judge Patrice Moore

Judicial Demeanor: (4.26) Moore

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.29)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.56)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.33)

Application of the Law:  (4.39)

Overall Score: (4.37)

Comments:

“A good, hard-working judge.”

“She has to be one of the very best judges!”

Judge Patricia Ann Muscarella

Judicial Demeanor: (4.21) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.96)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.08)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.88)

Application of the Law:  (3.46)

Overall Score: (3.92)

Comments:

“Without a doubt one of our best judges.”

Judge Cynthia J. Newton

Judicial Demeanor: (2.61) newton

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (2.74)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.23)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (2)

Application of the Law:  (2.4)

Overall Score: (2.6)

Judge William H. Overton

Judicial Demeanor: (4.91) Overton

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.43)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.11)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.45)

Application of the Law:  (4.5)

Overall Score: (4.48)

Comments:

“Always a pleasure practicing in Judge Overton’s court.”

“I can’t say enough good things about Judge Overton.  Follows the law and his temperament and professional demeanor is unmatched.”

“Judge Overton is an effective judge.”

“One of the best that our county court has to offer.  Controls his courtroom and not afraid to make decisions.” “Independent and fair to both sides.”

“Very reasonable and efficient.  Always very fair to both sides.  Judge Overton’s  demeanor is always great to all who appear before him, lawyers and defendants alike.”

Judge R. Timothy Peters

Judicial Demeanor: (2.45) peters

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.61)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.2)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.1)

Application of the Law:  (3.66)

Overall Score: (3.4)

Comments:

“He will be sorely missed when he retires.”

Judge James Pierce

Judicial Demeanor: (4.59) Pierce

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.24)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.24)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.39)

Application of the Law:  (4.33)

Overall Score: (4.36)

Comments:

“Always very fair and reasonable.  Judge Pierce, in my experience always treats those before him with respect.”

Judge Frank Quesada

Judicial Demeanor: (4.6) Quesada

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.32)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.6)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.4)

Application of the Law:  (4.49)

Overall Score: (4.48)

Comments:

“Along with Judge Federico, Judge Quesada are the best Circuit Judges we have.  Both do an amazing job.”

“Everything a great judge should be.”

“Judge Quesada is another judge that “gets it”

“Always fair in his rulings.  Gives second chances whey they are deserved and drops the hammer when it’s warranted.”

“Judge Quesada is top notch, what a great judge!”

Judge Peter Ramsberger

Judicial Demeanor: (3.88) peter ramsberger

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.23)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.13)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.9)

Application of the Law:  (4.13)

Overall Score: (4.05)

Comments:

“These ratings apply only to Judge Ramsberger during adoption hearings.  Judge Ramsberger makes every client request his priority during an adoption hearing.  Always a pleasure to conduct an adoption hearing in Judge Ramsbergers’s courtroom.”

Judge Thomas M. Ramsberger

Judicial Demeanor: (4.2) tom ramsberger

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.12)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.11)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.44)

Application of the Law:  (4.22)

Overall Score: (4.22)

Judge Debra Roberts

Judicial Demeanor: (2.06) Roberts

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (2.59)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.29)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (2.27)

Application of the Law:  (2.29)

Overall Score: (2.5)

Judge Anthony Rondolino

Judicial Demeanor: (3.93) rondolino

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.22)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.31)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.98)

Application of the Law:  (4.21)

Overall Score: (4.13)

Comments:

“One of the smartest judges on the bench.”

“Completely controls his courtroom and docket.”

“Independent and fair to both sides.

“Professional and accurate.  Provides respect to the attorneys that appear before him.”

Judge Jack St. Arnold

Judicial Demeanor: (4.25) st arnold

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.08)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.33)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.32)

Application of the Law:  (4.12)

Overall Score: (4.22)

Comments:

 “Another excellent Judge.”

“Very capable in all aspects of his judicial and personal life.”

Judge Marc Salton

Judicial Demeanor: (3.4) salton

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.24)

Punctuality and Diligence: (2.33)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.18)

Application of the Law:  (3.72)

Overall Score: (3.17)

Judge John A. Schaefer

Judicial Demeanor: (4.27) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.4)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.47)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.38)

Application of the Law:  (4.58)

Overall Score: (4.42)

Comments:

“Very professional and considered.”

Judge Walter Schaefer, Jr.

Judicial Demeanor: (4) walter schaefer

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.04)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.19)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4)

Application of the Law:  (4)

Overall Score: (4.05)

Judge William G. Sestak

Judicial Demeanor: (3.68) sestak

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.08)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.42)

Application of the Law:  (3.76)

Overall Score: (3.78)

Judge Mark I. Shames

Judicial Demeanor: (3.16) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.75)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.65)

Application of the Law:  (3.78)

Overall Score: (3.67)

Comments:

“Great courtroom presence.  Completely controls his courtroom and docket.  Not afraid to make a decision in the courtroom.  Knows the law inside and out.”

Judge Pat Siracusa

Judicial Demeanor: (4.13) Siracusa

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.27)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.24)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.55)

Application of the Law:  (4.15)

Overall Score: (4.07)

Comments:

“The judge is good at explaining the law in laymen’s terms.  He is consistent and fair in applying the law.”

Judge Lynn Tepper

Judicial Demeanor: (3.43) Tepper

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.84)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.2)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.23)

Application of the Law:  (3.58)

Overall Score: (3.46)

“Judge Tepper does not play, firm but fair, and an incredible asset to the judiciary.”

“Judge Tepper is truly an outstanding judge, who I believe represents the highest standards of the bench.”

Judge Kimberly Todd

Judicial Demeanor: (4.08) todd

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.62)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.79)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.92)

Application of the Law:  (3.67)

Overall Score: (3.82)

Comments:

“A fairly new judge doing quite well”

Judge Dorothy Vaccaro

Judicial Demeanor: (4.47) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.29)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.41)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.18)

Application of the Law:  (4.14)

Overall Score: (4.30)

“Always fair, calm, and excellent courtroom management.”

“Great demeanor and very fair.”

“Independent and fair to both sides.”

“Judge Vacarro is the best county-court judge in Pinellas County.  Her judicial demeanor is always outstanding.  Judge Vaccaro is always fair and impartial and never demeaning to clients and their counsels.”

Judge Candy VanDercar

Judicial Demeanor: (4.21) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.23)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.22)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.08)

Application of the Law:  (4.07)

Overall Score: (4.16)

Comments:

“Great demeanor and very fair.”

“Judge VanDercar is fair and it is a pleasant experience to try a case in her courtroom.”

“Judge VanDercar is the best county judge in Pasco County.  Judge VanDercar maintains outstanding judicial demeanor and is exceptional in her role in assisting attorneys with how to be better legal practitioners, without ever being demeaning.”

“The judge is one of the best judges on the bench.  Her knowledge of psychology informs her excellent demeanor and application of the law.  She is fair and consistent, listens well, and is respectful of parties and attorneys in her courtroom.”

Judge Anne Wansboro

Judicial Demeanor: (3.25) Wansboro

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (3.6)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.77)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (3.29)

Application of the Law:  (3.55)

Overall Score: (3.49)

Comments:

“Judge Wansboro is consistently fair in her decision-making process.  Judge Wansboro can always be relied upon to apply applicable law to the facts and circumstances in each individual case.  I enjoy conducting jury trials in front of Judge Wansboro as she always patiently listens to argument and rules appropriately on objections.”

Judge William Webb

Judicial Demeanor: (2.34) 

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (2.94)

Punctuality and Diligence: (3.2)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (2.03)

Application of the Law:  (2.63)

Overall Score: (2.63)

Comments:

 “A judge who really cares about the people who he serves.”

“The judge is articulate in his communications, and he explains the reasons for his decisions in ways that lay people understand.”

Judge Amy Williams

Judicial Demeanor: (4.45) amy williams

Preparation for Hearings and Motions: (4.24)

Punctuality and Diligence: (4.2)

Freedom from Bias/Fair to Both Sides: (4.31)

Application of the Law:  (4.07)

Overall Score: (4.25)

Comments:

“Judge Williams is a great asset to the judiciary, always professional and excellent temperament.”

“Judge Williams is extremely efficient and fair to both sides of the bar.”

“Very capable, accurate and considered in all aspects of her judicial  demeanor.”

 

 

 

 
 
 

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