Hon. Bernard S. Shapiro See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Bernard S. Shapiro



Comment #: FL3472
Unpredictable and apparently ignorant of probate and civil procedure rules.Says one thing and does another. Decisions are so capricious that it creates suspicions of impropriety. Immensely biased toward guardians and their lawyers. Has little regard for the lives he damages,


Comment #: FL2793
This Judge in his haste to exit his position with Family court has just entered a judgment sentencing 3 little girls to torture with a father who took nude pictures of one of them and fondled a stepdaughter. He refused to listen to the facts and made up his mind without listening to the evidence. Shame on him! God help these children.


Comment #: FL1729
This is an bad judge who destroys the lives of children with no remorse. Facts and the law are irrelevant in his Court Room. He cares more about his relationships with attorneys than the children affected be his judgements. He is a bad man with no conscience. Do not bother to go before him pro se. You will not have a chance.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1376
This judge does not seem dedicated to the profession and does not seem to spend enough time preparing before hearings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1360
This judge seems extremely biased towards men, litigants, attorneys and "experts." He does not read the papers that are submitted to him ahead of the hearing, seems completely unprepared, does not listen to the parties, and rushes to judgment. He is content to pass off work to "court appointed experts" as well as magistrate judges that, as far as I can tell, are much better prepared than he.


Comment #: FL1203
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Bernard Shapiro's rulings are dangerous.


Comment #: FL1164
This judge makes unjustifiable rulings. He practices the law according to how he wants to rule. He does not take the children's best interests into account when ruling on custody cases. He makes abusive and cruel rulings towards children and women.