Hon. Debra Johnes Riva See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Sarasota County
12th Circuit
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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. Debra Johnes Riva



Comment #: FL5417
Judge Riva destroyed my family, career and never allowing a full evidentiary hearing on any family matter. Instead destroyed my relationship with my son in a status conference, terminated parental rights, no hearing, no due process. I would not recommend her to anyone.


Comment #: FL5410
Judge Riva destroyed my parent child relationship with my 12 yo son in a status conference disallowing argument & testimony. That was 5 years ago. She won't allow Bill of Rights or parental rights. Her court resembles organized crime.


Comment #: FL5401
Sadly I feel she is completely partial towards the prosecution. This is suppose to be the Justice system which means that you are expected to be Just. What ever happened to innocent until PROVEN guilty? Isn't that your right? She gave the life sentence of someone who was accused with words and not a shred of evidence. She denied several motions from the defendants lawyer. She denied a mistrial when a detective blurted out information she had to later tell the Jury to disregard. This trial was just a disgrace to the Justice system. It just proves that anybody can accuse anybody of anything, change their story several times, change the dates and times of the day the "incidents" happened, and have witnesses who contradict their own stories and still have the defendant end up serving a life sentence. The system is so broken and those who are given the duty to execute justice seem to just be going through the motions. Her job is to uphold the law and the law says everyone has the right to a FAIR trial, how can you abide by this if you are partial towards the prosecuter and grant all her motions and deny all of the defendant's?