Hon. Donald M. Middlebrooks See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.Fla.  
Average Rating:7.3 - 10 rating(s)
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Ratings

*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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Litigant

Comment #: 34541
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Wow...this judge wrote in his order that we were indigent but then proceeded to deny our Motions to Proceed In Forma Pauperis???#21-14425. Rather unlawful and unfair but the Defendants were City of Stuart, Martin County, Stuart City Police, etc.... Guess there is a thin black line!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 33563
Rating:2.7
Comments:
Old and lazy - punts on civil cases whenever possible, such as based upon alleged parallell state court litigation on abstention grounds.

He actually had a call with a state court judge in one of my cases, never reflected in the docket or disclosed to the parties - we only learned of it from the state court judge

This is still another federal judge who demands strict compliance with his schedule but sits on files for months just to punt on them.

He is inclined to enforce settlements just to avoid trying cases.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22090
Rating:8.7
Comments:
Excellent judge. A gentleman to all parties and jurors. Sentences depend on his view of the defendant, sometimes tough sometimes lenient.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21914
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Good judge.

Other

Comment #: 21328
Rating:2.0
Comments:
He was Chief Judge on a remanded case from SCOTUS. He didn't really seem to be aware of the facts of the case. Actually, all three judges seemed ignorant of the facts. They ruled on cold hearsay testimony, while the facts of the case proved otherwise. He seriously needs a new line of work. It almost seems like they were annoyed at the fact that this person was able to get the case to SCOTUS and win unanimously, after the 11th Circuit found that the case was moot.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 20752
Rating:9.4
Comments:
Judge Middlebrooks is very respectful to counsel and jury members, while maintaining good control of the courtroom. Appearing before him is a positive experience.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7663
Rating:8.0
Comments:
This judge is fair and works hard, with a good demeanor.