Hon. James B. Fensom See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Bay County
14th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 6 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. James B. Fensom



Comment #: FL3795
Fensom does not seem to be beholden to many of the political cults in Bay County. Therefore, he gets some opposition from the establishment.


Comment #: FL3605
Most of the negative opinions seem to be sprouting from a particular opposition political effort. Fensom does not seem to believe in "old boy" justice and has done a great deal to improve the state of the juvenile justice in his jurisdiction.


Comment #: FL3460
Judge Fensom used to be on the Gulf Fisheries Board. He said that the biggest threat to the Gulf of Mexico was grouper fishermen. Why would anyone hate commercial fishermen? They are like farmers of the sea.


Comment #: FL3458
Someone just showed me this site. This judge was terrible to a friend of mine at church named Terry. Terry was taken from his twin sister against the advice of social workers, and left in an orphanage. His twin sister was put in the care of a child abuser because the wife of the documented abuser said she would take care of the twin sister. She continued to suffer and Terry did not get to see his twin anymore. Judge Fensom did not seem to care about the children in that case. I hope nobody votes for this judge.


Comment #: FL3457
Judge Fensom the local bar association at an Inns of Court meeting that the public should not be allowed to vote on judges. As the others have said, he is very wealthy, and that seemed to help him get the Governor's appointment to the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3453
Judge Fensom is a talented, effective judge who understands the proper role of the court. His wealth and range of experience prior to ascending to the bench has assisted him greatly. (A number of the recent ratings may have more to do with a current contested judicial race than anyone's actual reviews of the judge).


Comment #: FL3439
Judge fensom illegally sentences inmates, I've seen it many of times. He goes on his own rules just like deedee costello did in bay county. He illegally sentenced me to drug offender probation when I have never had a drug charge and did not look at all the evidence I displayed in his courtroom. Violates people's probation on hearsay and does not look at all the proof that a inmate has. He makes public defenders and state attorney agree with what ever decision he makes and I think he needs to be investigated.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3409
Not necessarily the worst judge, but at least one of the worst I have encountered in the categories mentioned above.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3323
This judge wanders all over the map on decisions. He has no continuity of thought; he just rambles like a tyrant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3135
Judge Fensom does not follow established rule and law precedents; he just seems to make up his own rules. As a result, decisions are not predictable. He is very much pro-defense.