Hon. Norma S. Lindsey See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.3 - 7 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)

What others have said about Hon. Norma S. Lindsey


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL5323
There are two places that I dread venturing to. A reggeaton festival and this court room. If you are scheduled to appear for her 9 am motion calendar, be prepared to stay through 11 am. She is usually late and when she isn't, it wont matter any ways, you will still leave around 11 am. Typically her 9:30 calendar will begin at 11. Why would you have two sets of motion calendar hearings back to back, when you can barely manage one? I ask myself. She can barely manage a court room and I get the feeling that she does not know the law well. As someone previously posted, she should be entertaining matters over at the Family or Probate Division. She is not qualified to decide complex litigation issues.

If you have a special set, you may as well circumvent scheduling and simply set it on a 5 min motion calendar because she will entertain it during that time. Her personality is very soft and polite. She is a very nice lady, but highly ineffective to be trusted with adjudicating complex civil matters. If there is a silver lining to all of this, that she is not presiding anywhere near the Gerstein Building.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5299
We're stuck with her for several more years. Can't she be shipped off to {break up the} family court, where some issues may be emotionally difficult, but they don't require an ability to comprehend complex legal issues...because Judge Lindsey just cannot comprehend complex legal matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4790
Fair and courteous, reads all motions, reads case law, knows civil litigation very well, one of the best circuit court judges in Miami.

Court Staff

Comment #: FL4325
Never prepared. Does not review or even sometimes comprehend what is put in front of her.
Seems to be pro plaintiff even when the law is on the defendants side. Should review her cases and look up or ask what she does not understand!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3865
One gets the clear impression that she doesn't understand a word you're saying. She's never prepared, no matter how many efforts one makes to get her materials in advance of a hearing. Completely unpredictable in her rulings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3725
Seems like a nice person, but...

Does not prepare for hearings at all. Never reads motions or briefs, despite multiple efforts to provide them to her. Has difficulty understanding even basic arguments. Avoids making decisions. Has no business being on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3527
Judge Lindsey doesn't have the credentials to be a Judge. She's a nice lady, but sometimes seems like a deer caught in headlights. This is because of her lack of litigation experience before she became a judge. Often will not rule on the spot because I believe she truly doesn't know even the simplest of legal propositions. Shouldn't there be a rule that a trial court judge should have at least some first chair trial experience?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3404
Rating:Not Rated
Not the brightest bulb on the tree. She is smart enough to know her limitations however, and often will not rule on the spot because she simply doesn't know some relatively general rules of law.

She has a good temperament though and at least knows that she doesn't know. Nice lady, but should not be a judge.