Hon. David Gooding See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Duval County
4th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.3 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. David Gooding



Comment #: FL5458
he is a good judge and he just dont want to hear the bullshit and he wants the best for children he dont care about what the parents want he wants to make sure parents are fit to have and take care of there kids.hes buy fart the best and understanding judge i ever had and i hope him the best.


Comment #: FL4251
Rating:Not Rated
He placed my granddaughter in a gone without my children getting their visitation rights or letting us having our day in court. ...my atty is facing chargers on 6th of Nov. My daughter on her death bed begged us to protect her. .


Comment #: FL3602
Judge does not listen to anyone in court and does not address any concerns that the family has concerning their children. He's awful. I have never been in front of anyone who would not listen to anyone before. He's a terrible judge who shouldn't be on the bench. And DCF is just as bad. I have never witnessed before such complete incompetence. In his view, the parents are automatically guilty and there is no one out there to help them. Please pray for our family.


Comment #: FL3187
This guy is judgmental, rude, demeaning, harsh, close-minded and rules the courtroom like he thinks he is a god. He is neither fair nor impartial. Just horrible. The worst.


Comment #: FL2877
Rating:Not Rated
I don't understand how any man could claim to love and know God and act in such unfruitfulness. He seems to self gratify and boast about himself at every court date I attend. He makes detrimental decisions without facts that ruin the lives of families. If he really loved and cared about children he would give the court a fair amount of time to get to the bottom of things and truly help instead of ripping them away from their parents as fast as the cases come using the want for permanency as an excuse. Has any one ever heard him ask the children what they want?/ If they have a parent who is willing to do what it takes why not let them fight?/It is more natural for children to be with the parents that God gave them to. Just because someone is a foster parent doesn't mean they are pure as gold. My daughter's dad was raped by his foster parents. Plus they are being paid to keep these kids while the parents are trying to pay to keep them. I would rather be with some who would pay to keep than someone who needs to be paid to keep me.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2547
Having appeared before hundreds of judges in almost every county of Florida, I can confidently say that this is, by far, the WORST judge in the state of Florida. He professes concern for children, but in reality he is Napoleonic, immature, arrogant and incompetent. He is a bully who covers his own shortcomings by criticizing others. He never accepts blame and never admits a mistake. He is a detriment to the citizens of Duval County.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2289
This is the most intemperate, hot-headed petulent person I've ever seen on the bench. As an attorney, I'm terrified to appear before him as he's always threatening to hold lawyers in contempt. Once I actually saw him scold a deaf man's wife as she tried to explain to him that she was his official interpreter. He would not let her talk. He told her that she was contemptuous because he told her to sit down when she said she was his wife. He left the bench saying, "I think I'll just leave since nobody is going to listen to me anyway." While he was sulking, the bailiff explained to him that the poor lady, who was in tears, was the man's official interpreter. Instead of apologizing to her, he tried to defend his wicked outburst. He's a terrible Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL2017
He has chased off more social workers and child legal staff due to his rudeness, religious preaching from the bench, and general narcissistic nature.