Hon. Michael G. Takac See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Lake County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.4 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 7 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)

What others have said about Hon. Michael G. Takac


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5035
Very disappointed. He treats attorneys rudely and bungles even small cases. Makes small cases expensive to clients, then blames the lawyers for delay. His rulings miss the mark by a country mile and makes the results worse for litigants than if they never came to court in the first place. He doesn't understand the seriousness of domestic violence against women (or men). Broken clocks are on time twice a day, but not Judge Takac. I have watched this guy for years, and he never gets it right. Bring a court reporter and, if the case is important, recuse him. Not even his staff seem to respect him. I respect the bench, but I can't respect him. Lake County deserves far better and couldn't get much worse.


Comment #: FL4542
I sat through 6 or more petitions for restraining orders in Judge Takacs courtroom. He would not listen to anyone that had a petition and would not let them explain. He seemed to show favortism toward the persons that were not on the side of the law. The bailif was friends with the person "fellon" we were trying to bring before the court and the judge let her chat and assure them openly they would win. At the end she walked up to the people and said "See you won!" We let the judge know this person was threating us with a gun and the person admitted he was a fellon to the judge and nothing was done. What kind of court system is this?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL4162
He does not go by law, Florida or Civil Code. He instigates litigation and has no idea what is going on. He cannot handle cases and does not are about truth, honesty, or what he costing innocent litigants by the games he plays in court. He is the worst Judge I have ever encountered.


Comment #: FL4107
Unfortunately, he either does not understand the Florida Statutes or simply chooses not to follow them. The law is the law and Judge Takac needs to take a refresher course. And his personal comments, tardiness and obvious bias toward women are very unethical...disappointing and disturbing.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3802
The worst judge in Lake County and he will not follow the law, intentionally talks down to women and refuses to rule on cases. Needs to be removed from the bench before anymore lives are ruined.


Comment #: FL3751
This man does his job!!


Comment #: FL3720
He shows time and time again that he's more on the side of men in divorce proceedings and just can't make rational decisions. Can't wait to vote against him next term.


Comment #: FL3712
This judge is breaking his own court order and has no regard for helping people. He is unable to think through things rationally and people who work with him feel he is a Jerk to the public


Comment #: FL3699
Procedure and rules, why follow them?? He’s flies by the seat of his pants at his proceedings. Partial and unethical. Doesn't have the experience needed to be on the bench.


Comment #: FL3634
"Quirky" is what everyone says about him and that's very true. Nothing like the other seasoned judges that treat all cases pretty much the same.


Comment #: FL3007
Rating:Not Rated
This judge is horrid and cares nothing for the best interests of children.