Hon. Jerald Bagley See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.3 - 13 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Jerald Bagley


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL4781
He knows the law but only applies it to his contributors when it is their best interest. There was a time that a circuit court judge HATED to be reversed because he showed they are not that bright , the 3rd DCA hates it but these days the circuit court judges say "you can take it to the 3rd dca" & have no shame when they are reversed. They should have term limits and they should definitely be challenged instead of running unopposed. Big Firms rule with this and many civil circuit court judges, they don't want to alienate their BIG contributors. I even had a huge firm say "we have all of them in our pocket"

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4780
On of the best judges on the bench. He is smart, polite, well-read, prepared, even-tempered. All one can ask for in a judge. He may not always rule my way, but I know that I will always get a fair shake with Bagley.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3983
Rating:Not Rated
Apparently when I was a criminal defense attorney , I never appeared before this State Judge. Most of my cases were before Federal Judges & won almost all of them. Perhaps as a criminal Judge he is different as a civil court judge he leaves a bit to be desired. Then again in criminal court you don't have the Greenberg, Traurigs, representing the alleged criminal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3982
Judge knows the law but is impatient, makes a feigned attempt of being fair but notwithstanding being a successful attorney since 1951 and keeping up with the times (as it were) State Judges will side with the huge firms every time. I remember when a Judge was embarrassed to suggest the 3rd DCA , now that is the modus operandi. Get rid of the case, kick the can down the road mentality. This Judge knows the law but doesn't apply it. Would like to see the contributions at election time!Will be writing a book about the Judges in the 11th Circuit instead of appearing before them!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3861
Exceptional, loves his job and is good at it. Treats everyone with respect, reads the law and cares about doing the right thing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3255
Judge Bagley is one of the most even-tempered, smart, hardworking and respectful judges that we have in Miami-Dade County. Walking into his courtroom is similar to appearing before a federal judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2661
Judge Bagely is a true professional. He has very high standards in what he expects from attorney's . Early in his career i tried a first degree murder case against Judge Bagley and realized that he was an exceptional trial lawyer. He also has "balls' and will grant defense motions were appropriate when other judges will not. He once granted bond on a defendant that was rearrested where evidence left doubt as to quilt of defendant. His only true fault is that he needs a acquire little better sense of humor he is usually very serious and formal. By the way I lost the murder case and still don't know how he convinced the jury to convict. Someday he should be considered for the federal bench, he would be a welcome addition.


Comment #: FL2302
Court reporters love working with him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL628
Judge Bagley is one of the hardest working judges in Miami-Dade County. He has tons of trial experience from his days as a prosecutor and runs a tight, no-nonsense courtroom. An excellent judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL623
Great combination of natural ability, studiousness and temperament. A pleasure.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL621
The Judge is fine but many things submitted to his chambers (ex parte orders, hearing requests) vanish without a trace. Some of the orders that do show up in the file and are recorded are not signed! Somebody on his staff is dropping the ball.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL203
One of the best. It's too bad that more of the judges in the Eleventh Circuit are not in the same class as Judge Bagley.