Hon. James J. Dekleva See Rating Details

County Court
Seminole County
18th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.1 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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. James J. Dekleva


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL8373
Nice guy, maybe good in criminal dumb as a stump in civil

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7958
This judge talks out of both sides of his mouth. At the pre-trial hearing he said no hearsay would be allowed at trial, no documents would be allowed if the person that wrote it was not present to testify. He also failed to state that the trial would not be recorded by the court and to provide your own court reporter. At the trial he allowed the other party to submit hearsay, and he allowed documents without the author testifying. During the trial he was rude, disrespectful, bias, sarcastic, impatient, condescending, threatening and violated the ADA. He also does not like you if you are a veteran. He cites the wrong case law and twists the facts and evidence of the actual lawsuit to fit the case law so he can dismiss the case. It is a total mystery on how he remains a judge with the violations he makes and the contempt he has for litigants. A fair judge he is not.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7908
Judge Dekleva has a great judicial temperament. He listen's carefully to both parties. He asks a lot of questions to make sure he is getting the nuisances of the case being presented to him. Overall an excellent Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL7907
Judge Dekleva is an excellent Judge that knows the law and follows it. He has never shown a bias towards Plaintiffs or Defendants. He has a great demeanor and is respectful to all parties. Overall I think he is an excellent Judge and serves the community well.


Comment #: FL7886
James J. Dekleva is violation constitutional rights, James J Dekleva is violation, violating tenants rights, James J. Dekleva is Racial discrimination James Dekleva is violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on defense.


Comment #: FL7027
Judge James Dekleva Tried my civil case Knowing of a Clear Conflict of Interest Deliberately and Intentionally Violating My Constitutional Right To a Fair and Just Trial His Honor deliberately committed "arbitrary and capracious" behavior with prejudical and biased decision making coercing the whole judicial process That was before him that was in violation of his Ethical Obligation To Up Hold The Constitution

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL7007
No empathy


Comment #: FL4300
He carries himself in a humbling way. Some judges know they have power, but Dekleva showed to be humbly confident in his position of authority. I felt he really cared about what we had to say by giving us enough time. He also seems pretty fair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL4235
Judge Dekleva is a commen sense jurist, who respects those who appear before him. He rarely gets stirred up and he listens.