Hon. John B. Bowman See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Broward County
17th Circuit
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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)

What others have said about Hon. John B. Bowman


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4750
He makes arguments for the Plaintiff, that the Plaintiff doesn't even make. Ignores precedent

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3583
I have never seen any judicial scholarship from this judge that was his own work. There are some judges who take their work in chambers to heart. Other judges don't like doing their own work and rely on the attorneys before them to prepare rulings and submit them.

He can play his cards close to the vest. He is courteous and respectful to the parties and their counsel but my impression is his mind is often wandering elsewhere at times.

In pretrial matters he's pretty much decisive so either you walk away with relief or not. Few cut the babies in half stuff. That said, I still feel like something is missing with him at times.

Getting a special set hearing in front of him can be tough sometimes. Other than that I can't say anything good or bad, he is lackluster but nowhere near the worst I've seen.