Hon. Gary L. Sweet See Rating Details

Circuit Court
St. Lucie County
19th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.8 - 6 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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What others have said about Hon. Gary L. Sweet



Comment #: FL8470
Judge Sweet ordered my family out of our home @1701 SW Palm City Road Stuart on March 5, 2010 upon the city of Stuart's perjurious testimony AND then presided over the case involving same subject property in 2020? As I was testifying at a hearing...with over 200 documents demonstrating a decade of fraud (already filed on the docket), he interrupted me and said "This hearing is over".....He may have been a fair judge at one time but those days are over!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5391
Judge Sweet is the epitome of what a judge should be. If all other judges acted with the same decorum and legal ability as Judge Sweet the Florida judiciary would be well served.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2461
Judge Sweet is truly a credit to the bench. If more judges emulated Judge Sweet, the 19th Circuit would be a great place to practice. His temperament and understanding of the law should be the benchmark for other judges.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1556
perfect judge

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL887
I have been practicing criminal defense for almost 15 years. Judge Sweet is my all time favorite Judge that I have practiced in front of. I am sorry to see him transferred to another county where I will have much less interaction with him. Judge Sweet was a civil lawyer and yet made the transition to a felony judge smoothly. He actually listens to both sides before making a decision. I have not always agreed with him but always felt that he made each decision thoughtfully. He knows when to give someone a break and when not to. He treats all attorneys with respect. He has a sense of humor. He is intelligent and fair. Again, the best Judge I have ever practiced in front of.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL833
This evaluation may seem biased in favor of Judge Sweet. It is because it is true. I have been practicing criminal law for twenty years and I have yet to see another judge adapt and progress so well. He is fair, reasonable, professional, and his demeanor is great. He is basically a quiet man. However, still waters run deep. He knows when to show mercy and when to hammer. In short, he is a real judge. I tried the most serious of criminal cases before him and he could not have shouldered the awesome responsibility more gracefully. He defused tension where less secure judges might have escalated it. He issued rulings, revisited them if in doubt and reversed himself where appropriate. He let the lawyers try the case. He has been stellar in his first term and given that he was a civil lawyer in his private practice this is even more remarkable.