Hon. Pedro P. Echarte, Jr. See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.1 - 17 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 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. Pedro P. Echarte, Jr.


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Other

Comment #: FL3741
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Echarte is the most amazing and proficient Judge in the Family division. He is no nonsense and does not allow for the B.S. other court rooms allow. His staff makes sure things are done quickly and if anyone is complaining about the time for a matter to be handled, needs to look at their attorneys or themselves as there is no other courtroom where matters are resolved as quickly as Judge Echarte's courtroom. Love this Judge and his staff.

Other

Comment #: FL3580
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Echarte conducted inappropriate ex parte communications with a respondent in a civil matter, going so far as to conduct a portion of a hearing (including taking testimony from a witness) while excluding a pro se litigant from the courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3508
Rating:1.0
Comments:
There is no justice here in s.fl this judge one week was on my side the next week on my exs side he is losing his memory ruled then didnt remember its all about money here this judge needs to be taken off the bench he is a disgrace they were so happy he left criminal court why didn't he just retire we should all get together to get him out!

Litigant

Comment #: FL3507
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Pedro Echarte, He hurts the children and families of the divorcing couples by his un fair, un just rulings. It seems that he does not care for the well being of the children. It seems that he rules pro or against you depending solely in the mood he is in, either he likes you(you will win even if you lei) or he does not like you (you will loss even if you have factual proof).
1) Does not uphold the Law, does not uphold Justice
2) Lacks Court unbiased judicial temperament
3) He rule by intimidation, he has no respect for Pro se. If you cannot afford an attorney (you lose)
4) It seems that he rules according to what he wants, not according to proof or basis of the law
5) He help further damage the children of divorcees by allowing cases to be longer than 7 months and thus allowing attorney to take away the money from the family. It seems he supports attorney ripping families saving and children's education monies, and thus support and give the money to attorneys families.
6) Abuses the Power and discretion of the Court. He does not belong in family court.
7) Family Division, The core of what this division stand for, is FAMILY. But what family? Attorneys!
8) Allows innuendos and heresy if he does not likes you
9) It seems like Echarte is too much into himself, he does not uphold the law nor he represents justice.
10) I believed in the American judicial system, a judge like this one makes me doubt there is Justice in America without money to buy justice!

Other

Comment #: FL3488
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is horrible..he places children with convicts,drug abusin father.i hope he is removed Immediatly as a judge.he dont listen to mothers side .i worry for my kids safety but this judge abuses his power.

Other

Comment #: FL3324
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is a horrible judge! He knows absolutely nothing about family court, and makes terrible decisions. Someone please take him off the bench! He places children with criminals, instead of with their hardworking mothers. He abuses his power as a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3062
Rating:3.1
Comments:
He does not belong in family court. He is often abrupt and sometimes rude to the attorneys who appear before him.

Litigant

Comment #: FL2903
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Pedro Echarte is one of the worst judges I have ever met. His lack of knowledge of Family court is really worrisome because he is supposed to uphold the law and represent justice, but this could not be any further from the truth. Maybe he has more knowledge and experience in civil court, but in my humble opinion, in Family court he is a fiasco.

Other

Comment #: FL2853
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I had this judge today for custody dispute the father of my daughter was taking me back to court because he claimed I was denying visitation which is not true this judge was very fair and only cares about the safety and well being of the child. He listen to what we both had to say. He is a great judge

Other

Comment #: FL2819
Rating:10.0
Comments:
It's great to see a Judge who holds abusers of fathers/men accountable!!! I hope this becomes case law for all of the malfeasance against fathers! Taking their drivers licenses and passports is counter-productive and anti-best interest of ANYONE! And, when it's false - even more so! This Judge is a HERO!!!
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/07/3222595/miami-judge-calls-child-support.html#storylink=cpy

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL2803
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Echarte is an excellent Judge. He is very intelligent and rules fairly and in accordance with Florida Law. Attorneys needs be prepared- but this is absolutely expected of counsel no matter what Judge is on the bench. Judge Echarte listens to both sides in making his determination and it is up to the Attorneys to present him/the court with case law and to make the appropraite legal arguments. Many attorneys do not adequately prepare and come to Court thinking that the Judge is going to somehow make that better or make the case for them (which then results in an unhappy attorney making negative comments about a Judge on websites like this). Overall, Judge Echarte is a wonderful Judge and I trust in his direction, decisions, and wisdom. he is the kind of Judge who teaches valuable lessons to young attorneys like myself- come prepared, get to the point, never speak over the Judge and show professional courtesy to your opponent.

Other

Comment #: FL2707
Rating:1.0
Comments:
horrible judge ,he is losing his memory this is the worst judge ever he needs to retire.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2007
Rating:4.4
Comments:
Happy to see him go. Good luck to Family Court!

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: FL2006
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge has a horrible judicial temperment. He is arrogant and frequently rules according to preferences not dictated by law. Even if you are well-prepared and in the right, if your a woman, forget it! He is clearly a male chauvinist and an embarrassement to the 11th Judicial Circuit!

Litigant

Comment #: FL2004
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Arrogant, defensive judge. If you question his understanding of the facts, he will use that to rule against you. Horrible judge who allows his own insecurities to control the outcome of your case. He does not have judical temperament or capacity. He is a disgrace.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1833
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Once you get past the intimidation factor, great judicial qualities are apparent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1760
Rating:8.3
Comments:
If a lawyer is prepared, appearing before Judge Echarte is a delight. But woe to counsel who is: late, unprepared, or can't articulate a cogent argument.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1582
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Very fair, very intelligent, very hard-working, always pushing to get cases to trial and seems to have more trials per year than any other judge in Dade County.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1484
Rating:5.0
Comments:
I believe Judge Echarte may be quite the intellectual. However, his arrogance and inability to be neutral on the bench affects my rating on his ability to handle complex litigation and evenhandedness which necessarily requires a different temperament.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1235
Rating:4.3
Comments:
He may be a decent trial judge, but has just an awful disposition. He's one of several judges who feel the need to rule by intimidation.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL973
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Good judge who is prepared in advance of a hearing, tries to get it right and has a very respectful demeanor towards everyone in the courtroom. A refreshing change from most of his colleagues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL534
Rating:7.6
Comments:
Good solid judge who tries to do the right thing. Willing to say he doesn't know and to research an issue before he rules. Runs a very good trial.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL329
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Firm but fair. Excellent trial judge. Runs a tight division.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL205
Rating:4.6
Comments:
Would be so much better if he'd get over himself.