Hon. Maria de Jesus Santovenia See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.3 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7336
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge lacks a basic knowledge of civil procedure and any foundation regarding Florida law. She simply isn’t fit for the position of a law clerk... let alone a judge. She’s also an emotional terrorist to litigants and attorneys. Another Miami-Dade failure. On the upside your case will be so rife with error no matter the result so it will be overturned on appeal. By then you’ll have a shot at being assigned a competent judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7334
Rating:2.2
Comments:
Does not read anything. Has come to motion and special set calendars completely blind and unprepared. Completely ignorant of basic judicial tenets of the law. Ignores precedent, whether binding or even from the supreme court. Very temperamental and shoots from the hip. Lets other side ramble ad nauseum.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7320
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have always found Judge Santovenia to be prepared for a hearing. She is very knowledgeable, intelligent and fair in her rulings. She will hear both sides of every argument and ask for supporting case law from the parties before making a decision.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7319
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Santovenia is an excellent Judge who is fair, intelligent, prepared and who has never forgotten the pressures and reality of being on the other side of the bench as a practicing lawyer.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7290
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Judicial Terrorist who completely ignores Motions which are filed and does not prepare for hearings. In addition, she does not appear to know the law nor does she wish to be informed of it.

Litigant

Comment #: FL7030
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Wicked witch on wheels.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7026
Rating:1.5
Comments:
This Judge is never prepared and does not know the law or simple terms. As an example, I had to explain what a dec action was and how discovery is necessary in order to prosecute same. She has consistently ignored binding 3rd DCA cases that are directly on point. She rules in any direction that will remove the case from her docket without regard for the law, usually against plaintiffs. I watched her rule over a construction defect case I was not involved with, where she asked the plaintiff, remind me what 558. says. Which is the controlling construction defect statute. She really needs to be challenged as she does not know the law and ignores it when informed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL6928
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is rude and condescending to all attorney. She doesn't read any pleadings. Shoots from the hip. If she likes you then you win. If she doesn't like you good luck. She shouldn't be a judge with this temperament. Her bailiff cuts you off if you go beyond 5 minutes on the motion calendar. She dresses attorney's up and down if you don't have the answer she wants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL6563
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is scarily ignorant. She has no shame in showing bias and loves to chew attorneys out and overreact. She doesn't seem sane.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4084
Rating:1.0
Comments:
awful, awful, awful judge. no intellect whatsoever, balanced only by her total incompetence and lack of any sense of fairness. should be challenged asap.