Hon. Sandy Karlan See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.6 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 3 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. Sandy Karlan



Comment #: FL3828
Judge Karlan was quite unprofessional, show no petty, seems to hate women. After providing information about my husband's abuse and poor father figure she gave him custody and asked me to move out of our house, and on top of that she made me pay half of all the expenses including mortgage, insurance, etc. and he is living there with his new wife and his step daughter, even after my daugher moved out of his house.


Comment #: FL3115
This judge continues to put children at risk. My nieces and nephews have suffered for 12-plus years, thanks to her poor rulings. The kids' drug addict/alchoholic/irresponsible mother has been allowed to continue destroying their lives and self-esteem. This judge only believes the mother. My siblings and I have watched, our hands tied, these children suffer emotional damage for so many years. Yet the mother continues to have visitation, even though she disappeared from their lives for more than 5 years. Their mother has tested positive for drugs at custody hearings. Their mother has abused them emotionally and put fear in them. Yet this judge and the whole DCF department has failed these children. My siblings and I (the aunts and uncles) cannot say or do any more, since the mother has told the court that we hate her and are spiteful towards her. Again, its not about her. These kids have just lost their father, our brother who had sole custody. Now the mother has gotten worse, continues to drink excessively, and puts the kids in harm's way. Still the DCF does nothing... The more time they waste, the more likely these kids will be harmed. A sad situation, and sad for the justice system.


Comment #: FL2723
Judge Karlan was quite unprofessional in my most recent hearing. She "pre-judged" the case before hearing any evidence and dismissed current Florida case law. Additionally, she stressed maintaining the "status quo" over parental rights.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL2451
Judge Karlan is one of the last Judges in the Family Court who still actually cares about families and kids. She brings her heart and her head to the task and you always know that in her courtroom the kids are going to get taken care of first and foremost. She's a great admin Judge I only wish the other FC Judges were more like her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1896
Karlan is a pompous, self-important shill for the Department of Children & Families and is a prisoner of her own ambition.