Hon. Pat Siracusa See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Pasco County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.9 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 9 rating(s)
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* 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. Pat Siracusa


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Other

Comment #: FL3558
Rating:1.0
Comments:
my comment is in regard to this judge's ruling to allow this retired cop and murderer Curtis Reeves, Jr. out on such a low bond amount. This stinking cop KILLED an innocent person INTENTIONALLY and this judge allows this POS out into the public. Of course the criminal has been asked to turn over his weapons and be confined to his residence, going to church, the grocery or going to the doctor. WTF? An innocent person was killed by this POS and now the stinking cop gets to walk. This judge is beyond bad, he's one of the worst.

Litigant

Comment #: FL3331
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The first words out of his mouth were: "I'm tired of women having all the rights over children." I have a partial divorce ruled by this judge, and the custody of my youngest child was given to my ex-husband, all the while knowing that this man is abusive mentally and physically, a drug addict, and irresponsible. He denied my 19-year-old the ability to testify in court, and after three years and over $8,000 in legal fees, this is still not over yet. Twenty-eight pages of partial divorce -- what kind of justice is that?

Other

Comment #: FL3300
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Siracusa, my name is Carlos Hernandez. My son Ricardo has been in your courtroom, and Your Honor signed his release from Land-O-Lakes Detention Center. While he was in that institution, he developed schizophrenia, and he is having a hard time -- he had a few psychotic episodes where he lost control of his actions. He spent ten days in a behavioral center in Wesleyan Chapel, and he is in the Orient Road Jail right now for something he does not remember 100%! I am begging you to please consider his condition and consider his release so that we can complete his psychiatric treatment.

Litigant

Comment #: FL3245
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge should be thrown in jail.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3231
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge is very pro-father, regardless of whether the father is abusive, on drugs or has prior arrests. I have never had any problems with any of the above. He allowed a man who had a open child abuse report to take a child away from his mother, and actually out of the state! After attending domestic violence meetings, I found out that this judge has a history of doing this repeatedly! How can someone like him have power over innocent children's lives?

Litigant

Comment #: FL3160
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I thought he was very impartial and fair, and allowed enough time for both parties to discuss their sides. I didn't get everything I asked for, and neither did he, and that's why I think he was fair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2773
Rating:4.8
Comments:
No matter the preparation, documentation, laws in place, best interest of the children, this judge simply does what he feels like with regard to family law. At first appeared to be very impartial and fair-I liked how he talked to both parties with respect, but in the end, even a first year law student would have been questioning his actions. I would not recommend anyone going to court on a family law case with this judge on the bench.demeanor was prob better than any judge I had been in front of. However, this judge chose to not sentence an individual after he was found to be in criminal contempt. It blew me and my attorney away. Will not go back to court until he is not on the bench anymore for family law. My friend went through something similar with same judge. Felt the laws were just tossed out the window due to his personal feelings toward defendant.

Litigant

Comment #: FL2530
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is thw worst, he is not impartial, doesn't understand a parent's need to have half custody and is very unfocused.
He talks to unrelated parties prior to cases and makes decisions prior to the hearing.

Other

Comment #: FL2507
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am still stunned by Judge Siracusa. At one point he stated to my wife she showed no proof of abuse and he would not be able to grant the protective order! and asked my wife if she was in fear for her life and she said not now ! Then because she claimed after "the women from sunrise" told her to she claimed I commit violence against our dogs. And the Judge took a recess came back in and granted the protective order based on dog violence with no proof! I feel the judge had no proof for this and is in the wrong! I am the only one that showed any proof in the court room but he sided with her over a lie in court that had no proof ! So anyone going before him just claim the other person abused a dog ! You will win !

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL2457
Rating:8.5
Comments:
Judge Siracusa is spot on. He is for the party that needs justice served. He is about the facts and he can see through careless parents or the parent playing bitter games post a divorce. I absolutely am for this judge all the way.

Other

Comment #: FL2319
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This Judge surprisingly made comments during litigation to the defendant and plaintiff that he does not care for family law or tolertate it because he would rather be doing criminal law. He did not look at all facts provided and instead, made judgemnt based on a crying female rather than the facts at hand. He also made the defendant pay for UNNECESSARY medical expenses incurred by the defendant, which was not part of the marital settlement agreement that states---necessary medical expenses. The expenses were luxury items and not medically necessary. In addition, he did not allow for rebutal or explanantion by the defendant as to the plaintiff's alligations and instead sided with a crying female and made the defendant listen to his scolding, when it was evident that the coparenting issues were due to the plaintiff. There was even proof of the plaintiff's attempted assault, which was not important to the judge. Very unfortunate the judges like this enable the judicial system to be abused by discruntled ex spouses and this just negatively impacts the children and creates a hostile situation for the adults and children involved.

Litigant

Comment #: FL2137
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Siracusa was the most arrogant, rude unprofessional person I have ever had the bad luck to meet. He didn't care that my ex had an OPEN CHILD ABUSE case against him for grabbing our child so hard we had to live in a DV Shelter for a week!! I tried to show him the child abuse report, not to mention the 3 DUI's & drug arrest my ex has had in the last 2 years. He allowed the person who abused us for years to take him away & out of the state!! When I asked where he was taking him the ignorant Judge said it wasn't my concern?!! I was called a "drama queen" & if I didn't hand my kid to his abuser "with a smile on my face" I would be put in jail! The staff at the school where he picked up our child said our child cried,screamed NO! , begged a teacher to let him out the back door! She said she had nightmares about it! What a narrow minded uncaring judge to be deciding children's fates! After all that my child was dropped off 4 hrs away in another state by his dad! Ridiculous!! Must be stopped somehow!

Litigant

Comment #: FL2116
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Pat Siracusa ignores any law he does not personally like. He is the spitting image of what is wrong with the broken American court system. He attempted to exert the judicial authority over a foreign nation, ignored the response of the respondent challenging jurisdiction, proceeded without the input of the respondent, authorized the abduction of a minor child internationally, attempted to assign the custody of a 17-year old son without so much as inquiring as to what the son might prefer, given that he was deemed old enough by the court that had jurisdiction, for his own future, awarded an excessive divorce settlement to a mentally-insane woman, stipulated that all the Husband's income was part of the marriage while all of the Wife's income was her own and not subject to equitable distribution even though there could be no distribution given that the divorce that became final was the uncontested divorce after 6 months of the initial filing where a divorce is automatically approved without settlement (to be decided by a court WITH JURISDICTION). Pat Siracusa believes his court rules the world and will violate any law he dislikes in order to dominate those dragged into his court. He does not recognize the sovereignty of other nations, international laws or treaties, the implications of insanity (on the part of the Petitioner), the rulings of the Supreme Court (jurisdiction cannot be assumed if it is challenged, it must be proven), and the civil rights of all parties and particularly the children who are of age and legally permitted to make their OWN decision as to the parent with whom they will live. This divorce suit was a fraud and will be thrown out when brought to a superior court for the vindictive blasphemy that it is. If there was a charge of Contempt of Defendant this judge is most certainly guilty and when this is brought to superior court there will be a price to pay.

Litigant

Comment #: FL2058
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Originally, I had hope that Judge Siracusa was fair, understanding and could intelligently be counted on to oversee my court hearings in a very ugly parental kidnapping (or as he called it "illegal withholding") of my daughter by my ex-wife. As our case moved forward things begin to change and he started siding with my ex-wife, even with complete knowledge and evidence that she had manipulated, poisoned the innocent mind, coached and twisted my daughter's perception towards me. We were the closest in our father/daughter relationship for 13 years, but at the drop of a dime my daughter all of sudden does not want to spend time with me? What a travesty of justice and I am completely disappointed with this judge and the fact that the Florida judicial system put him in a position to do what he has done to my daughter and to me. She is living with a very unhealthy, mentally unstable and ruthless person (her mother) and this judge did nothing but reward her for her criminal activities. A man has NO rights in Florida and he proved it during this process. Ironically, he is a father of a couple of children himself. Imagine if he were in my shoes. He doesn't imagine that and proved it. He even had the audactity to paint the picture in our final decree that I had anger issues and this was the main cause of the hearing. Hello? Say again? My ex-wife KIDNAPPED my daughter from me and I had JOINT CUSTODY. Get your facts straight and tell the truth, instead of being more concerned about your personal image and how things look. You destroyed a beautiful relationship between a loving father and a loving daughter! He failed to reveal in the final decree that my ex-wife had set out on a malicious campaign to try and smear my good name, falsely told police stories to try and get me in trouble, cost me tens of thousands of needless dollars to protect myself in a court of law where MY RIGHTS were ignored all along. Had this been a man doing this to a woman, he would have been in jail. I will never forget this judge and I hope he lives with what he has done to my daughter, my entire family and myself. He has no idea how he has adversely (and unethically) affected so many lives in our family. Like I told my ex-wife and he at the last hearing... "there is a higher authority that both will answer to one day." My daughter will wise up and come to me one day and despise her mother forever and Judge Siracusa as well. Shame, shame on you and how in the world do people like this judge have authority placed in their hands with trust?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1518
Rating:9.6
Comments:
We were worried at first because of J. Syracusa's lack of defense experience. He has been fair, even handed, listens to both sides, and tries his best to make the right decisions. Most of all, he cares and is striving to do the right thing. Can not ask for more than that. If he continues this way, he will be remembered as one of the best in our circuit.