Hon. John Jay Gontarek See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Okaloosa County
1st Circuit
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 5 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. John Jay Gontarek



Comment #: FL5324
Terrible and incompetent! A simple probate case with questions and objections and he could not rule on it. He has to set another hearing. He didn't listen to heirs presented the case. He boasted about his work when he was an attorney. He did not recognize the State Statues and simply brushed off the heirs objections.


Comment #: FL4156
Judge Gontarek listened to the facts and made a fair determination based on our specific circumstances. He gave us a decision the same day and I felt better knowing the outcome when I walked out of the courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL4025
One would assume that a judge could differentiate between right and wrong as well as have the common sense to separate the truth from lies. This man was incapable of doing either of these tasks. What happened to "the best interest of the children" being the deciding factor in custody cases? The lack of a professional decision will ultimately have a negative impact on four children's lives. When a judge is doing more harm than good, I believe it is time for him to retire.


Comment #: FL4024
Was sleeping while the witnesses were testifying. I know it was the end of the day for the last case,but come on.....


Comment #: FL4022
He was completely disengaged at the end of the day and only interested in going home. He was approximately 15 minutes late to the courtroom and made his decision in 20 minutes after keeping his head down on his desk while attorneys and witnesses were speaking. He did not pay any attention to facts that's were presented to him and only took the word of the defendant who was lying and had no facts to back her up. It may be time to consider retirement or a mid-afternoon nap to help John Jay be able to focus.


Comment #: FL3765
Changed numerous parts of a prior court order from another judge. And couldnt make a simple decision. Took 5 hearing for him to make it.