Hon. Maria E. Dennis See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 6 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* 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=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Maria E. Dennis


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3726
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
One of the worst judges on the bench. Terrible courtroom demeanor, rude, arrogant, and not very bright.

Other

Comment #: FL3197
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is an embarrassment to the family court system. She is extremely unprofessional, and has awful facial expressions. This is a lazy judge who should be thrown off the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL2810
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I'VE BEEN PRACTICING FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS AND I AM APPAULED AT THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS HERE. I 'VE ONLY HAD POSITIVE EXPERIENCES WITH JUDGE DENNIS IN COURT. SHE'S PATIENT, INTELLIGENT, AND RULES BY THE LAW. THE JOB ITSELF WILL ALWAYS UPSET ONE PARTY OR THE OTHER, HOWEVER, WIN OR LOSE I ALWAYS LEFT HER COURT KNOWING I GOT A FAIR RULING.

Other

Comment #: FL2640
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The not so Honarable Maria Espinosa Dennis, would prefer to focus on a re-election rather than her job she was voted in to do. She is condescending and makes her decisions with out actually understanding the cases she handles. I pray that she serves her last day as a Family Court Judge in January. I assume they never taught decency where she attended school.

Other

Comment #: FL2627
Rating:1.0
Comments:
i was in court on sept 18th, with my ex husband who has 3 dui and live in a extremely high crime neighborhood(living situation studio apartment,no beds or extra room for my daughters. And still judge maria granted him our 4 year old twin daughters every weekend, return to me at 9pm at night. she said my 4 year old daughters Irena and Sophia can sleep on a phuthah, sorry for spelling.I also ask for child support, i been a single mother for 3 years now and she said why are u asking for money this poor guys is not making enough money. i was blow away by her ruling this was not in the best interest of my Irena and Sophia .my ex husband Paul i. tynning deserves every right to be with our twins but under certain boundaries... this cold heated judge was extremely BIS.

Other

Comment #: FL2295
Rating:1.0
Comments:
All court reporters hate this judge. She will not allow court reporters to have an audio backup because she doesn't want to be held to her word. This causes poor and inaccurate transcripts. She goes off the record and bullies attorneys and then goes back on the record and doesn't want any of it ever being repeated. She is a total disgrace!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2113
Rating:1.1
Comments:
an absolute embarassment and disgrace to the legal profession

Other

Comment #: FL2009
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge is biased beyond belief. One has to question her relationship with members of council because of the level of unfairness and favor in hearing arguments from one-side, while ignoring motions filed on the other-side. She has been known to allow custody cases to be prolonged for several years (with no decision being made) while the child hangs in limbo. She has little or no regard for the child or his/her mental health and well-being.

Litigant

Comment #: FL1988
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Applies her own law to the case and doesn't listen to argument of counsel, making brash judgments on the spot, at the same condescending and disrespectful.

Litigant

Comment #: FL1976
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is jaded, she has "deals" with attorneys and makes decisions that brutally favor one party. Glosses over details, doesn't have a good understanding of the case, tries and rules based on how her relationships with the lawyer... She disregards the law and pretends to care for the best interest of the child.. she doesn't give a s$hit about anyone or anything, her biggest concern is if her favorite lawyer will be paid and how.. I am sure she "sells" her services for support of her campaign... She is a disgrace to the lega system of the USA, she should be removed from office, a dangerous person who has the power to destroy someone's life.. and his dependents.. I find her highly incompetent.. She thinks she is the smartest person in the room and missed 85% of the details.. She signed the Final judgement of the opposing lawyer AS IS with NO changes... Nothing.. She is a hired gun.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1916
Rating:1.3
Comments:
The worst jurist in Miami-Dade County history. The lady completely and totally disregards the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1552
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Very fair, knowledgeable and hardworking judge. She has done a great job in every division that she has been assigned to.

Litigant

Comment #: FL1550
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Awful. Condescending and insulting to both sides, attorneys and litigants alike. Facial expressions are contemptuous. Pompous. Inability to make a decision results in cases lingering forever and sucking the finances of the parties completely dry. Awful. A judicial disgrace.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL894
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Totally missing in action. Try to find her at work after 3:00 p.m. any day of the week. Takes anything remotely requiring thought under advisement and doesn't rule. Has gone through more judicial assistants in her short tenure than most judges in a career. Needs to be challenged in an election since almost anyone else would be an improvement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL292
Rating:5.3
Comments:
Not as bad as some say. Willing to rule which is unlike some judges. But not at the top of the pile.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL275
Rating:2.3
Comments:
She is never on time. Even though you might have a special setting, her personal issues take priority. Better hope that the case before you in motion calendar doesn't make her mad, for you will bear the wrath of her anger.