Hon. Susan Bedinghaus See Rating Details

County Court
Pinellas County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.9 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Susan Bedinghaus



Comment #: FL6217
After receiving citations from code enforcement and deciding to fight them, I was warned by the officer that I would "never" win before Judge Bedinghaus. He was correct. Evidence (photos) illegally collected without permission from the curtilage of the property were admitted and accepted as evidence even with my protest. Some pictures were not even of my property and it was made known to the court. I introduced precedence given by 3 Florida State Attorneys General and it was ignored. All 4 citations were convictions. I spent about 25 to 30 minutes before the judge and as I left the courtroom I was told "You better watch yourself." by the judge. There were several other code enforcement officers in the courtroom when I left and all gasped and shook their heads as I left. I did have the ability to watch several cases before mine and there is NO question in my mind that this judge is NOT healthy for the welfare of the citizens of Pinellas/Pasco counties.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL856
I have been before Judge Bedinghaus on many occasions and have found her to be totally professional, knowledgeable, and even-tempered. She doesn't suffer fools lightly. However, we are better lawyers because of her. She is also very funny by the way. When I knew her practice background, I was afraid she would be totally pro-prosecution, but she has shown herself to be fair and impartial. I know she has given the prosecution headaches from time to time by requiring them to be prepared. They even had to nolle pros some cases - practically unheard of in her divison previously. Come on guys, let's be honest and not just bitter because we didn't get our way all the time like with some other judges. She deserved to be elected. She is doing a nice job.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL694
Judge Bedinghaus: "It's not what you know but who you know." She is always partial to the government and crosses the line of judicial temperance excessively.