Hon. Gary Flower See Rating Details

County Court
Duval County
4th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.9 - 10 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Gary Flower


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL5482
Loves to hear himself talk. Control freak.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL5142
He is an awful judge. He says one thing and does another. He should be disbarred and not be a judge. He acts like he is a felony judge when he is only a misdemeanor judge who issues harsh sentences. I feel sorry for any one having him as a judge.


Comment #: FL4516
Honorable Judge Flower is an excellent Judge and is thoughtful and kind in a "I appear to be a hard nose rough guy, and I can be if I have to,but deep down I am a teddy bear" I like his fast hard approach, he has much to do and put up with, so know that up front. I think he enjoys a "GOOD" debate of "intelligent" "thought provoking" banter but has no time for stupidity or a lawyer's attempt at "gotcha" tactics. Genuine in his "yes"s and "no"s, I like that in a person.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3808
Unbelievable The entire Criminal Law Defense community I have spoken with has now refused to accept cases in front of him. He runs a Rocket Docket to force guilty pleas. Any challenge to lack of PC or PFC and his predetermined ruling of guilt results in punishment of you and your client. Be Afraid be very afraid.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL2030
Judge Flower is a thoughtful, consistent, and fair judge who makes rulings, and doesn't vascilate. Appeared in front of him both Civil and Criminal. He encourages professionalism and follows the law with common sense. Great judicial demeanor. Ignore FL #1957 -- was there in Traffic Court when he showed up unprepared and now he has a personal axe to grind. If you do even an adequate job preparing, you will have no problems with Judge Flower. One of Duval's best.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1992
All he cares about is himself - not the client or the attorney. People make mistakes and he would rather ruin a clients career and punish hard. He loves to her himself talk and will waste your time.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1982
Very well prepared. Fair,friendly and firm. Takes time to make sure clients are well informed. Does not rush through calender. Very accessible outside of the court. A mentor to many young lawyers. One of the best judges I've appeared in front of in North East Florida.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1957
Listens to himself more than counsel. Be prepared to get caught off-guard at arraignments and pretrial hearings. He enjoys trying to embarrass attorneys. He likes to run his courtroom completely different than every other judge in Duval and acts as if every attorney should be aware of his procedures before entering his courtroom. I would advise checking the traffic court docket and scheduling your appearances around his calendar. He seems to veil his insecurity with arrogance. Don't expect a response if you speak to him outside of court. He's an average sized man with a little man's complex.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1067
One of our best judges. Friendly. Fair but firm, too. Be prepared because he will be prepared, too! If you represent your client well, you'll have no problems.

Court Staff

Comment #: FL986
Likes to listen to himself talk.