Hon. Sally D. M. Kest See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Orange County
9th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.7 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 8 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. Sally D. M. Kest


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Other

Comment #: FL3746
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Kest is rude and comes off as unprofessional. She seems to be very biased, making rulings that benefit the father rather than taking into consideration the best interest of the child. She even went as far as to say that the child's opinion and feelings do not matter. She has sided with the father every time we come before her in her courtroom, even when he has nothing to back up his accusations. She was against all suggestions and requests to use mediation to avoid having to come before her in the future. When making her rulings, she only looked at me (the mother) as though I was the only person in the room. I had to ask if she was making rulings for an agreement that both parents need to follow or if she was only talking to me. Someone needs to remove her from the bench, she is playing with people's lives and does not take her job seriously or fairly.

Other

Comment #: FL3729
Rating:2.0
Comments:
In my case, she showed bias against men by ruling in favor of my ex wife on every single issue. There was no exception-money, property, child support and documentation to support the decisions.

Litigant

Comment #: FL3535
Rating:3.0
Comments:
I find this judge does not rule for the best interest of the child and the reason is when facts are submitted for review the final ruling should be based on the facts and not her personal recommendation.

Litigant

Comment #: FL3414
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge is extremely rude and bias, When attempting to provide a different opinion in a 4 1/2 year old support modification case, I was told to be quite or I would be held in contempt of court. I was not allowed to present evidence in the case and when informed that my license has been suspended multiple time against court orders, the response was "What do you want me to do about it"

Other

Comment #: FL3348
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is very unfair, and biased towards men.

Other

Comment #: FL2855
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Extremely one-sided. As we were from out-of-state and appearing by phone, she refused to consider our point of view, even refusing to consider documents we filled for the hearing. Told us that if we wanted documents considered, we would have to set another hearing add travel from Pennsylvania to Floride to present the documents in person. This was a child support case, and she sided with the non-custodial father who was a resident of Fl at every opportunity. She failed to display even a pretext of equitability.

Other

Comment #: FL2380
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Openly one sided. One side she was respectful, listened, and followed every wish. The other side, she was rude, wouldn’t even let them finish a sentence, and would not accept any evidence to go against what she the other side was saying. This woman needs to be taken off the bench before she ruins more people’s lives.

Other

Comment #: FL1993
Rating:2.0
Comments:
What is wrong with this woman? She has no idea what shes doing. She needs to be taken out immediately. Her ignorance and horrible judgement is ruining peoples lives. God bless anyone who goes before her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1609
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Very knowledgeable about Family Law matters.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL919
Rating:4.0
Comments:
She does not seem to be informed of the law and, if she is, seems to not care what it says. Makes rulings with no legal basis or authority. Seems to be following the path other judges have paved without thinking on her own. Loves the power.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL895
Rating:2.0
Comments:
It is hard to tell if this judge is totally ignorant or just bad-hearted. She has no concept of the operation of a criminal courtoom and is a poor example of a jurist. She seems to be taking her cue from some of the old-time Kissimmee judges, who are pro-state with poor temperament. If she continues to follow in the footsteps of Waller and Draper she will not be awarded a second term.