Hon. Ivonne Cuesta See Rating Details

County Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 10 rating(s)
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)
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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL9136
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
First, this judge was not on ballot when put in position. The whole state should be questioning how she ended up having a seat in our justice system. Second how is there this many accusations of bias and this is not investigated and yet she is allowed to abuse her power without any questions. This is alarming and dangerous for children in family court. [Redacted by Ed.] She is a danger to children and victims of domestic abuse because she is sympathetic to abusers.

Litigant

Comment #: FL8858
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is probably the most despicable person that you will ever met , she is a bad judge and I don’t know how people like her can practice, she does no rule on evidence or law she rules on her mood , she is rude , insolent and racist . Very bias especially if you are a women , please record with your phone all your interactions with her because she will lie.

Other

Comment #: FL8787
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
HE THREATENED ME SAYING: IF YOU DON'T PAY THE GUARDIAN, YOU WILL REGRET MY DECISION, THIS HEARING WILL HAPPEN AS IF YOU DIDN'T EXIST... FINALLY HE TAKEN ME AWAY ALL MY RIGHTS AS A MOTHER, HE DID IT BY ABUSING HER POWER, I HAVE NEVER BEEN ARRESTED, MUCH LESS I HAVE NO RECORD OF ANY KIND, 6 YEARS WITHOUT SEEING MY CHILD...I HAVE ENDURED GREAT PAIN, BUT SHE WILL LISTEN TO ME...I AM DELIVERING MY CASE TO A NEWS, WITH EVIDENCE, IN HAND...

Litigant

Comment #: FL8708
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
If you are in a divorce and you end up with this judge, INMEDIATELY try to change judge she is the worst Person/Judge I have ever encountered... Talk to your lawyer to see if he could change the minute they know!!!
I unfortunately had her in my case, she sided with the opposite party-(she is pro-man) or maybe whatever her day mood is she will act upon. Unprepared, nasty a real bitch...How do these people get elected for judge?? MONEY???? she should be booted out of the judicial system!!!

Litigant

Comment #: FL8706
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Not a good judge. If you can ask for a recusal immediately if she is your judge. You won’t regret it.

Other

Comment #: FL8421
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Despicable behavior! Bias and unprepared. Disrespectful,negligent and absent minded in court.

Other

Comment #: FL8406
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Unprepared. Case was brand knew to her each time we went to court. Will attempt to get familiar with case but she was clueless. Often tardy or cancelled hearing. Judges should be observed/monitored. Terrible experience.

Other

Comment #: FL8282
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Poor - Closed my case after my former husband fail to appear in court. Unprepared and unengaged. He had a history of abuse and neglect, and non compliance with his responsibilities.

Biased against females.

Litigant

Comment #: FL8242
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She says "if you have a problem address the court" then when you try to speak she tells you to stay quiet. You file an emergency motion it doesn't get viewed nor responded with availability. She doesn't pressure fathers who are avoiding discovery for child support and instead sends you to mediation. She drags out the cases for years. I agree with prior comments "She will only read the father's submissions, is ill-prepared for hearings, and is often rude and condescending to female litigants."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL8208
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have never been treated so disrespectful by a judge in all my cases across Florida. She intentionally humiliated me in open court, causing her recusal from my case. Very disappointed to think a judge could could not separate emotions from administrating justice

Litigant

Comment #: FL8203
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is extremely biased against females. I cannot express this enough. It would be best to fight to have a different judge. She absolutely refuses to listen to female litigants and makes gross assumptions and erroneous stereotypes of most female litigants. She sides with fathers as a rule of thumb regardless of evidence, law, or fact. She will only read the father's submissions, is ill-prepared for hearings, and is often rude and condescending to female litigants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL8083
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst temperament of any judge! Uncivil, rude, and condescending.

Should not be on the bench.

Litigant

Comment #: FL7969
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is very Biased against females. Has not taken time to study my case, she is ill prepared, and my life depends on her judgement, only gives 15 minutes of her time, and does not have time to listen to my side. I will have to struggle for the rest of my life because of her inadequate actions. I am 66 years old, and sick, and expects me to live meagerly when I was married to someone who has money. She should never be a judge
or an attorney, this woman should be banned from any legal position within the courts.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7927
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Quite possibly the dumbest judge in the Miami-Dade family law bench.

Horrific temperament; extremely emotional; and makes assumptions about litigants, especially female ones. Tends to have a severe bias against female litigants and favors male litigants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7925
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge has a reputation for favoring “males” or fathers in family court and sadly the reputation holds truth. She is biased, easily fooled, I’ll tempered and not fit, in the least bit for family Court.

Other

Comment #: FL7814
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Awful! An embarrassment to the legal community,
Often late or cancelling hearings. She attempts to read files while in court. Doesn’t even pretend to be engaged. Rulings are not evidence based. Should attempt to be prepared for court. Negligent!

Other

Comment #: FL7534
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Cuesta is not a star of any sort. Had to be recused from the case and a complaint filed for ethical and legal violations. The basic principals of law were not even adhered to. She does not read motions or review case material prior to hearings or trials and wants information spoon feed to her. Emotions govern her actions and not facts, law, evidence, nor intelligence.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7433
Rating:9.4
Comments:
I believe Judge Cuesta is a rising star on our bench and I am surprised by some of the negative postings. I have found her to be prepared, punctual, fair, respectful and especially courteous to litigants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7342
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Evidence that it doesn’t take brains to be a judge. She rules based on her mood which changes like the wind. Loud, arrogant and abrasive.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL6018
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Arrogant and not too smart

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4959
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Deer in the headlights. Proof that anyone can be a judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3770
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Fair, extremely bright, excellent in trial, open minded and always willing to listen. She has a tremendous knowledge of the law and always follows it. Does not shirk difficult decisions. Makes great effort to achieve a fair and just result. An outstanding judge!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3713
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Cute. Not very bright though. Patronizing as well.