Hon. Keith Spoto See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Polk County
10th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Keith Spoto


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Court Staff

Comment #: FL5686
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Rude and lazy. Everybody knows he doesn't get to the courthouse untl 9 a.m. at the earliest . Doesn't even bother to offer excuse. Thinks he's above it. Usually leaves around 3:30. God forbid that a hearing might go past five o'clock. He throws a temper tantrum.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5596
Rating:1.4
Comments:
This judge appears to have a personality disorder. He is total jerk when he puts that robe on. Attorneys who have known him for years cannot figure out what his problem is. He is a bully plain and simple.
If you are with the right large firm he will suck up to you---but those who were in the trenches with him at one time he treats like dirt. It is sad. He is clearly an unhappy man.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL5341
Rating:2.6
Comments:
The problem with this judge is not that he is stupid, he is just lazy and has an awful temperament. Arrives late and leaves early. Very friendly off the bench, but mean spirited and nasty once he gets on the bench. People who have known him for years now want nothing to do with him because he thinks he can be a complete jerk on the bench. Some of the most respected and even-tempered attorneys around think there is something seriously wrong with him.