Hon. Donald Cannava See Rating Details

County Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.5 - 6 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. Donald Cannava


Court Staff

Comment #: FL9296
Pompous idiot.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL9119
Just keeps getting worse. Seems to be angry at someone.
Impatient as well.

Court Staff

Comment #: FL9070
As a Judge he is great, however he is not very nice to court staff. He has no understanding of their pay and the amount of work they have. Very disappointing to see someone that behaves like that. Hope he understands how underpaid this people are.

Court Staff

Comment #: FL8983
Rating:Not Rated
Tends to make it up as he goes along. If you're unrepresented you're at a serious disadvantage as he will walk all over you.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL6738
These reviews are absolute nonsense. I was before him many years ago on many occasions, and he still stands out as a very intelligent, hardworking, and capable jurist. He is always calm, patient, and respectful. He follows the law. Evenhanded. No complaints.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5612
This Judge, as other judges in Miami,is pro-landlord, NO MATTER WHAT; he denied a Motion to Determine Rent for an elderly couple who were sickened/catas-trophically injured by flooded, collapsing ceilings, toxic mold, had to vacate their bedroom, reduced from 576 sq. ft. to 315 sq. ft., paying FULL rent while LL REFUSED ALL REPAIRS. Cannava demanded they pay rent FL Statutes say they were NOT liable to pay, then gave it to the illegally-operating LL with no license, abusing the Courts by evicting Elderly who asked for repairs, reimbursements for repairs, or got sick. Much evidence was filed on behalf of the Elderly Couple: photos, Inspections w/violations, Professional Mold Report, but Cannava allowed theft against them, and gave LL a Writ of Possession, put the traumatically injured, sick, Elderly veteran and his wife, on the street, HOMELESS with no funds,their Health, Finances, Possessions and Credit destroyed by this unscrupulous LL, instead of Ordering repairs so they could continue to live there. Same apartment has been rented or sold to a Family with children who may also suffer mold poisoning, sickness, etc.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5098
I read comments about Judge Cannava as a criminal judge. I don't have an opinion on that. But as a county court civil litigation judge he is as fair as they come. Calls cases right down the middle. Works hard. Does his research, and is very intelligent. Makes rulings both for defendants and plaintiffs, and truly strives to follow the rules and the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3329
This judge is just a disaster! He wants to be a Circuit Court judge and hasn't even gotten a handle on being a County Court judge! He thinks that his way is the best way, regardless of the law. He is as dumb as a stump and twice as interesting.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3285
He is a former entertainment and DCF attorney who thinks everybody is guilty! He gives no bond in misdemeanor cases!