Hon. Jerri L. Collins See Rating Details

County Court
Seminole County
18th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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. Jerri L. Collins


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3542
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is the worst judge I have ever appeared in front of. She is completely bias towards the state and does not try to hide it one bit. She is nasty to the attorneys and defendants that appear in front of her and has no business on the bench.

Other

Comment #: FL3441
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Absolutely love Judge Collins! She is very fair and weighs all of the evidence. She has no problem telling it like it is. I will definitely be voting for her in the August election.

Litigant

Comment #: FL3407
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Very fair and firm

Other

Comment #: FL3293
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I served as a volunteer mediator in the Small Claims Court in Seminole County, and had numerous opportunities to observe Judge Collins. (So I am an impartial observer, never having appeared before her as a litigant.) She is sometimes very sharp. However, it is always when attorneys try to run over pro se defendants. She will not tolerate attorneys who argue with her. The attorneys should know that they can always appeal her rulings to the Circuit Court. She always shows respect for the litigants until they show disrespect for her. She knows the law, and knows that in many instances the rules of civil procedure give the Court a great deal of leeway. Some of the pro se litigants try to argue with her. My guess is that some of the negative comments here come from people who have done that. Judge Collins will not tolerate that.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3222
Rating:1.1
Comments:
I agree with Patricia and the other comments. She is capricious and has no logic to her rulings. She rules based on her emotions. She also does give a lot of legal advice from the bench, which she is not supposed to do as a judge. She is biased, and that comes out clearly.

Litigant

Comment #: FL3218
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My name is Patricia Tommaso, and I am using my husband's email address. I was in front of Judge Collins this morning. This is a very nasty person; she issued a summary judgement in a pre-trial conference, which my papers said could not happen. My husband tried to talk for me, but she told him to shut up and would have had him removed from the courtroom. My husband is a well-educated individual, and I was crying, and he was just trying to talk for me. She made fun of his medical condition (he is close to being terminal), she found that funny. She is a terrible individual in my opinion, and I will be filing a complaint with the JQC. I am a businessperson (for 30 years) in Central Florida, and I will do everything that I can do at the next election to get her voted out.

Litigant

Comment #: FL3112
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge does not look at the whole picture, and lets her temperament get in the way of her judgement. She clearly needs to be given the boot. It time to vote her out.

Litigant

Comment #: FL3067
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge gave legal advice to a plaintiff in an eviction case, and told her what to do to obtain a quick order lifting stay in bankruptcy court, and further stated that she would immediately sign the writ of ejectment upon receipt of the order. She should not be allowed to give legal advice from the bench.

Other

Comment #: FL2555
Rating:7.0
Comments:
I have observed many judges.Judge Collins is fair and unbiased.She does not let her emotions influence her rulings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL2253
Rating:2.7
Comments:
Absolute incompetent, terrible , terrible judge. The lady seems to come into the courtroom, toying with peoples lives. Makes judgements based off her mood that day. She certainly is not impartial as a judge should be. She will almost always take the side of someone who appears to be the victim and appears to cry. Have observed her many times in her hearings, and she certainly is far from fair. If possible, avoid this judge at all costs, because nothing good will come out of walking out of her courtroom. Her courtroom certainly is an area where justice is NOT served. A very condescending, belittling individual with a malice against people. Poor analytic and reasoning skills as well.

Other

Comment #: FL2242
Rating:5.0
Comments:
I've only observed three hearings: two directly and one indirectly while researching for an article. I observed two separate personalities--one for jail court room and one for public courtroom. Most received very reasonable rulings (mostly thanks to the public defender who was present that day)during the "jailhouse" hearings. I was surprised after the jail courtroom observation to see a very impatient, condescending persona in the public courtroom. Despite that, many people left who should have been very satisfied with her rulings in that public courtroom. However, if your file happened to come up at the wrong time, you could easily be burned. Rulings seemed very arbitrary for what appeared to be exact same situation based on the information provided. I've no doubt she takes her job seriously and knows the law. I hope that she can maintain her dedication to the law and her community while learning how to be a "wise" member of the judiciary. More research is on-going.