Hon. Karen Cole See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Duval County
4th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.8 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 2 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. Karen Cole



Comment #: FL4929
Bias for Attorneys, short Tempered with Pro se litigants, Rules against the Law, contradicts her own words and Transcripts prove this. 0 rating.


Comment #: FL4895
BIASED. JA doesn't return emails. Only attorneys can make hearings. Instructs attorney on how to do his job in detail and and proof is on transcript. Hides hearing notice inside of STIPULATION... to trick Defendants into missing hearings. Ignores the civil rights of PRO SE.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4192
Judge Cole is an exemplar of a trial judge. She is incredibly prepared, reads motions, performs her own research, understands and follows the law, and is not hesitant to make rulings. She is one of the few circuit court judges who takes the time to write detailed orders on important issues. She is respectful and mindful of the jury at all times as well as their time and perception of the legal system. She is a beacon of professional and civility. Practicing before her is a great experience.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1559
I am sorry, but I am in real disagreement with my colleagues. I find Judge Cole to be disagreeable person to try a case with. Tempermental and overbearing, she seems to lack the confidence to permit lawyers to try try their cases. She appears to have a need to always show that she's in control.
I realize that as members of the bar we are supposed to laud our judges with praise, but a little candor, while being politically incorrect, is warranted.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1324
Judge Cole is the best judge on the bench currently. She will do her own research and ask questions to find out and rule according to the law. She strives and it shows. She also expects professionalism.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL117
I came in from out of town on a complex case. Judge Duval has been to the well, and is one of the best judges I've seen.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL56
She will rule and is smart. She tried civil cases as a lawyer and has a feel for them. She will be fair to both sides and will be firm in dealing with intransigent parties or counsel on either side.