Hon. Maria Elena Verde See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.8 - 12 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 8 rating(s)
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* 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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Litigant

Comment #: FL8533
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Not surprised that my comment was deleted. Another proof of corruption behind the scenes.
Here is my comment again.

A DISGRACE TO THE COMMUNITY .
This "judge" is as corrupt as the whole system. She will encourage tax evasion, immigration fraud, conspiracy against the US in order to protect the corrupt lawyers that keep her in her undeserved role. Poor woman, raised by a single mother in Hialeah, will take her vengeance on any male, any respectable citizen who did not come from her humble background and will force your children out of school and out of a father so that people get the same card she was dealt.

Litigant

Comment #: FL8532
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Not surprised that my comment was deleted. Another proof of corruption behind the scenes.
Here is my comment again.

A DISGRACE TO THE COMMUNITY .
This "judge" is as corrupt as the whole system. She will encourage tax evasion, immigration fraud, conspiracy against the US in order to protect the corrupt lawyers that keep her in her undeserved role. Poor woman, raised by a single mother in Hialeah, will take her vengeance on any male, any respectable citizen who did not come from her humble background and will force your children out of school and out of a father so that people get the same card she was dealt.

Litigant

Comment #: FL8510
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Verde is not fair at all. She looks past fathers who fight hard to be in their child's life and sides with lying mothers.verde gave me no chance to speak in a hearing about a Motion that I request not mentioning my case to begin with allowing the Respondent to classify false information granting her everything. You are a judge how can you not force the mother of a minor child not to go with the father on a court order time sharing case. Verde needs to be barred from giving any or all legal advice because she clearly paid her way to the top and have no heart of intelligence when it comes to ruling. She is a bias judge

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL8416
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Verde is an awesome judge who sits in the Family Division. I have numerous cases in her division and she treats everyone fairly. She has an excellent judicial temperament. She is always prepared and rules promptly.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL8307
Rating:2.0
Comments:
lawless judge. Pro se litigants have no chance. She is a sellout to her lawyer friends who support her campaigns. She is the worst of the worst in Dade county, because not only is she lawless but she actually takes the time to cover her tracks by making sure to pretend to actually consider the facts when in reality she is doing nothing but acting with bias. In fact she is so good at covering her tracks, she keeps the pro se litigants from saying anything pretending to actually understand their position and then providing a ruling that offers the pro se litigants nothing but endless hoops to jump through. Terrible judge with little competancy.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL8220
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She will not let you speak if you are self represented and she DOES NOT READ THE MOTIONS YOU SUBMIT. SHE makes her decisions without hearing your argument and present evidence because she will listen to the attorney side ONLY. She needs to GO! Also has nooo understanding of case laws, her answer to self litigants is "WELL TAKE IT UP TO APPEAL"

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7711
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Verde is a disgrace to the bench. She berated a young lawyer when all he was trying to do was explain that the case was dismissed by agreement of the parties. Her staff is rude and she blindly defends them to the point that she disregards the actual law just to prove a point. Will gladly endorse any opponent that runs against her.

Other

Comment #: FL7642
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge shows favoritism to her old attorney friends from her assistant district attorney days. She is unfair and refused to recuse herself from a case where one of the parties were requesting a new judge she flat out denied it. This judge allows her conflict of interest with attorneys effect her actual judgement. This judge is not Pro Mom

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL7439
Rating:1.5
Comments:
I am a victim of domestic violence and she threw me out with four kids right before Christmas with no job. She is NOT pro mom. If you don't have a lawyer you are screwed. Did I mention DCFS investigated two months later and she did nothing!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL7124
Rating:8.9
Comments:
I think she is a very knowledgeable judge and treats everyone with respect, which is great. What I am not to happy about is the fact she does not ask for evidence of things stated by the other party. She takes time away from parents because she feels as if step parents,grandparents etc.Should have the same rights as the actual parents and that is just wrong. The child shouldnt be left with other people.If the parent is fighting for time then let them show proof they can, not let them dump the child with whoever can babysit.That is very wrong!!!!!!Let a parent be a parent, that's why they had the child.If they cant be with them then let the other parent who wants to spend time with them do so.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7104
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Verde is simply one of the best in Family Court. She actually takes her time to really understand the case, which is almost unheard of now a days. She is extremely emotionally intelligent and fair though she tends to favors equity. Hopefully you're lucky enough to get her assigned to your case. The only problem is her staff, who tend to be curt and not helpful. The JA specifically refused to admit she made a mistake.

Prosecutor

Comment #: FL6736
Rating:8.6
Comments:
She is very hardworking, kind, and puts tremendous heart into the job. She is a people's judge and may personally favor equity over law at times, but at the end of the day will always follow the law even if begrudgingly As a criminal judge, she leaned for defense, but she also always gave the prosecution a chance to be heard and treated others with absolute respect- that really differentiated her. Her courtroom was on the chaotic side at least back then and calendar could be slow, but that also allowed it to be a place where everyone was family and time made for justice. She would spend time talking to the mothers, wives, and sisters who would come to court. She would comfort the parents in pain. Society needs judges like this too. Also, no understatement, when it came time for trial she really shined in presiding over an efficient and fair proceeding. Some of my best trial experiences have been before her as a prosecutor and when the time came, her sentencing was very tough for violent and repeat offenders. I am certain she is doing a great job in family court as well.

Other

Comment #: FL6709
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I thought this Judge was spot on with her analysis of what was going on with our case but she expresses more sympathy for mothers because she stated she too is a mother, however, I feel this allowed her to overlook the underlying problems and obvious issues that could lead to child endangerment (I pray to God will never happen) without looking into the details more closely . Her office staff is rude and unhelpful. Weeks after final hearing still nothing in writing to help our situation. I thought she would catch on to the manipulation that was going on but it feels like she swept it under the rug. She is firm and respectful. Maybe a little too busy... I just pray the child doesn't suffer because of poor judgment. I'm sure someone, as qualified as she is, could have done better. But this is simply my own opinion. When you are dealing with families and children lives we can't afford to not pay attention.

Court Staff

Comment #: FL5694
Rating:4.0
Comments:
She seems bias against fathers. Be with a good lawyer as that could help
She tends to believe witnesses belonging to mothers in custody battles be very carful

Other

Comment #: FL5634
Rating:1.0
Comments:
To me she take the woman's side by not been fair with the father my granddaughters mother on august made a petition to relocate her children's to another state, she did not wait for the court answer and illegally took my granddaughters away when my son went to court for an emergency motion Judge Maria Elena Verde handle the motion results she request the minor children to the jurisdiction two times mother never came with the children the third time she came and Judge Maria Elena Verde reward her by letting go back to the state and granted her with full custody temporally and they can stay there until they have the next hearing. That tells me no may sense to obey the rule by going to court and ask for permission when you can do it and nothing happen to the person who disobey the law. This lady disobey the law by not coming when she was told taking the girls before school was over and she didn't charge her with nothing. In our case Judge Maria Elena Verde reward this person for not following the rule. She is disrespectful and if you don.t have a lawyer is even worst she is on the woman's side

Court Staff

Comment #: FL5459
Rating:8.0
Comments:
I have seen her in a few family cases. She is zero tolerances for lying or one parent holding kids away. Go in there and tell the truth and she will treat you with respect. She is a good judge

Litigant

Comment #: FL5429
Rating:9.0
Comments:
She is an awesome judge, I hired an incompetent attorney in my child support case and if it wasn't for her realizing my attorney was incompetent, I would had it worse than I did. I would had wanted her to grant me make up time lost from my ex taking the kids away from me but like I said, it could had been worse.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL5419
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I've dealt with Judge Verde on both criminal and family matters. The number of times that I've appeared before her she is considerate, professional and fully prepared to rule. The finest young judge in family court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5199
Rating:3.0
Comments:
This judge is too emotional during civil cases. She is pro attorneys. A person who doesn't have representation via an attorney is disrespected, not listened to, and almost altogether dismissed. When money matters are being discussed in a civil case instead of asking 5-10 questions per claim in order to either substantiate or dismiss the claim,she inserts her feelings and emotions in the mix and choose sides. It's done overtly. She is anti-male when it comes to civil matters. She lacks in her professionalism. She unnecessarily belittles people that she doesn't know and that without taking all facts into consideration. This needs to stop!!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4085
Rating:1.0
Comments:
agree entirely with previous comment, and add that this judge proves that any female Hispanic in dade county, with no qualifications whatsoever, can be a judge, sad state of affairs

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3777
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This no brain woman who runs a lawless court is a pathetic excuse for a judge. She is scamming the taxpayers by taking their money in salary.

Get her off the bench.