Hon. Jan Shackelford See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Escambia County
1st Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.1 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 11 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. Jan Shackelford


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3553
Rating:1.5
Comments:
This judge consistently takes sides, and facilitates one side to the extent prejudicing the case.

Litigant

Comment #: FL3552
Rating:1.0
Comments:
** Alert *** This judge is rude, unprofessional, exceedingly biased, treats one side entirely differently than another, draws conclusions based on personal values and biases prior to facts being presented, prevents the side she actively works against from presenting motions and facts.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3493
Rating:1.2
Comments:
Everyone involved in our childs case, including the victim, the prosecutors, and everyone involved thought the charges were beyond anything normal. We all worked out a deal which would have allowed him to enter the military....she was the only one who refused. It was as if she wanted to be certain his future was ruined. He was a passenger and the restitution was under 20.00. He has no job, no car, no military career, and is homeless. His ultimate sentence was all hope being taken away by a judge who is out of touch completely.

Other

Comment #: FL3492
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is unfair and dishonest. She contridicted herself several times, which we then had to pull court records, at our costs, to prove what had been stated exactly during my sons hearing. Even after proving the incorrect information given to us, which we based a life changing decision on, she refused to help. The charges were incorrect for the crimes. Get the best attorney when dealing with her, as she has been investigated and corrected by supreme court.

Other

Comment #: FL3440
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Most unfair judge I have ever seen.

Other

Comment #: FL3423
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Very prosecution biased judge. did not review anything that would help with proving what actually happened. she automatically went with the state. I feel she is very unfair and I think abuses her power. I thought being a judge was about justice but with her it is only about pleasing her friend from the state dept. I don't feel anyone has a chance to tell their side bc the state always wins!

Other

Comment #: FL3302
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is very rude. Her V.O.P.'s on minor things should be bonded. She acts as if she doesn't care.

Other

Comment #: FL3180
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
One of the most intelligent, even-handed and effective jurists in the state. She manages the courtroom like a federal judge. She works way too hard in order to ensure non-biased opinions. She makes both sides work harder.

Other

Comment #: FL3179
Rating:10.0
Comments:
She has a precise legal knowledge, and manages her courtroom like a federal judge; she is professional and not biased. I've been in the criminal justice system for four decades, both federal and state. This judge sets a very high standard.

Other

Comment #: FL2884
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This woman should NOT be sitting as a judge in any courtroom, ANYWHERE. With her blatant abuse of the position that was "given" to her I cannot understand how she remains. She is unfair, unjust & downright mean. She has a very serious problem; something is not right with her. The truth will eventually come out & the sooner the better. I honestly believe she is on something.

Other

Comment #: FL2791
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Honorable she most deffinately is NOT!How in the world this woman remains on the bench is beyond me! She has issues!!
One day she will have to answer for the poor decisions she has knowingly made! I hope I'm around to watch!

Other

Comment #: FL2786
Rating:1.0
Comments:
worse judge. ever seen. did not allow witness for the accused, and sided with the DA in everything. gave a very harsh sentence to a person who had never had any sort of a criminal background. this was a first offense and he received 25 years. people who have killed have been given lesser sentences. a big injustice by this judge.

Other

Comment #: FL2714
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Shackelford ignores facts and is very unfair in her rulings. She misuses the power that was granted to her by the people of Pensacola. She is a big time player in the "good ole boy game" and should have to answer for her poor decisions.

Other

Comment #: FL2551
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Shackelford was very rude. I pointed out numerous lies in an affidavit, which is perjury, and she ignored and dismissed it.

Other

Comment #: FL1867
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Jan Shackelford is the most prosecution-biased judge I have ever observed. She will grant every prosecution motion and deny every defense motion and doesn't even care that attorneys, staff and court room observers are aware of her bias. It is as if she is more determined to ensure a conviction than the assistant state attorney! There is something badly wrong with this woman and she has no business sitting as a criminal court judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1495
Rating:4.1
Comments:
I have tried many cases with this judge and she is absolutely one of the most biased, pro-prosecution judges on the bench. One of those judges who finds a way to rule in favor of the prosecution on practically every issue. And she is shamelessly biased when one of her old friends from the State Attorney's Office is the prosecutor in the case.

This judge is only concerned with moving cases through the meat grinder and helping the State get convictions. I pray for those those who are wrongfully accused and end up in front of her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL892
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Very fair and professional judge. Not afraid to make a decision.

Other

Comment #: FL862
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Judge Shackelford is a professional, knowledgeable and well-prepared judge, who is willing to make a decision. She listens intently, is open-minded, fair and respectful to both sides.
This judge is a prompt, no-nonsense judge who expects the same from all officers of the court, and she is certainly not afraid to rule against the local political establishment when it is just to do so.

Other

Comment #: FL821
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Having spent many hours in Judge Shackelford's courtroom (in addition to my thirty years of courtroom experience in multiple districts), I can wholeheartedly state that this judge excels in legal knowledge, courtroom management, and fairness to all. She is hardworking, organized, and attentive to all participants in her courtroom. The trial and pre-trial hearings that I have witnessed, as well as those that I have followed in print, clearly show that she is both forthright in her decisions and balanced in her dealings with the parties appearing in her courtroom. Her record speaks for itself.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL819
Rating:3.9
Comments:
Judge Shackelford demonstrates a strong bias in favor of the prosecution. She is usually rude and condescending toward defendants and defense counsel.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: FL714
Rating:3.8
Comments:
Judge Shackelford is very unfair in her dealings with people and lets her friendships get in the way of her objectivity. It is all about "who you know" with her, which is unfortunate.