Hon. Michael L. Gates See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Broward County
17th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.7 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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)

What others have said about Hon. Michael L. Gates


Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: FL4758
This man has no respect for the law. He has no respect for the integrity the judicial process implements in the practice of law. He is an abomination to a fair and impartial judicial system. Judge Gates is the very definition of a bias judge. He is intellectually incapable of being a judge and even if he were intellectually capable of performing his job, he's too jaded and bias to do so.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4756
A rating of 1 is way too high for this judge. He has a complete lack of respect for justice. He always rules for the State and against pro se litigants. He completely throws the rules of civil procedure out the window and does whatever he wants. The sooner he gets off the bench, the quicker justice will be returned to the Broward Circuit Courts. A true disgrace.


Comment #: FL4503
I honestly do not think that this Judge can read. Florida law means nothing to this ignoramus.If this is an example of a Jeb Bush appointment,Florida is in trouble. He would have been an ideal for appointment to Hitler's people's court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4230
As a licensed attorney in several states, and as an attorney that has a current matter before Judge Gates, I can tell you he is a disgrace of a judge. I have a record rife with error. He cited no case law for his rulings b/c his rulings are political and without an legal basis. He favors the state to the detriment of the public. Florida should get him off the bench as fast as possible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4207
I've found Judge Gates to be pedestrian. My impression is he hates civil division, but that is simply my take on it. His written orders, even on critical issues, are terse and lack any scholarship leaving open for yet another day, more bickering and litigation.

He is flexible in scheduling, and my gut tells me few people want him as a judge on their case or they would rather negotiate stipulations with certainty than deal with Gate's wishy-washy "you win today, lose next time" attitude.

Trying to get a summary judgment out of him is like pulling teeth so waste not any time.

On the other hand he is polite, and his temperament is generally even. Not much else to say.

I have observed how he treats pro se litigants, and at times I wonder what exactly he's thinking. He's prone to issue sanctions orders but doesn't say why. So its a crapshoot with him. Bring your dice n roll 'em.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4166
I believe this judge is biased and favors certain lawyers who he is friends with. Has made several illogical rulings and does not say anything in court just rules so do not know his reasoning. this judge hopefully will be run against and lose in next election.


Comment #: FL3934
UNFIT to be a judge. He has crushed my opinion of the justice system. It is dangerous to have someone so incompetent making important decisions regarding the lives of others. Citizens need to read these reviews and vote him out.


Comment #: FL3643
He truly is unfit to make civil decisions BECAUSE he really doesn't care about justice or rights, he only wants the fastest and easiest path. If you are a pro se litigant you are done before you begin. Especially if the other side has lawyers. It doesn't matter if you present evidence and they don't...Pro se litigants will lose. He literally took the lawyers exact "dream outcome" order and put his name on it as the final judgement. He violated constitutional rights to free speech and civil proceedings, he granted the lawyers each and every motion no matter what or who was right, he just doesn't care about justice....if he doesn't like you, as a pro se litigant, and he won't.....you will lose even if you prove your case beyond a reasonable doubt. This man needs to look up the word justice and stop deciding cases based on the good ole lawyer network. He is not fit to decide matters that impact a persons life cause he just doesn't care

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3581
Though he is outwardly courteous in the courtroom he is generally uninterested in the civil cases that come before him. He picks sides early on in the litigation. Has very little patience for self represented individuals.

Has even less interest in family law matters and can be vindictive if he thinks a party is not playing along.

When matters require a hearing where evidence must be taken, he has already made up his mind before the evidence is put into the record.

Has no empathy for foreclosure defendants even if they have meritorious defenses.

In criminal cases he can be harsh though that is unnecessary.

Sides with institutions and the state over the individual most of the time.

Rarely writes scholarly opinions, often avoiding any intelligent discussion. Relies too heavily on the attorneys to tell him how he should rule.

Too quick to hand out sanctions or rule off the cuff without thinking about the ramifications of a bad ruling.

Easily reversed on appeal most of the time because of his faults.

On the plus side, he is courteous and his demeanor in court reflects well on the record, but his rulings bite the dust.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2746
Knowingly sentenced an innocent defendant to 60 months in prison. Allowed police to manufacture evidence, and allowed state attorney to lose exculpatory evidence then move in limine to prevent discussion of the evidence lost by the state, and also lost by defense counsel at the urging of the state attorney. Here is a copy of a letter from habeas counsel concerning this case: http://db.tt/SAVlTgq6

Mike let the state attorney run his court through ex parte and clasndestine communications, all to the detriment of the innocent defendant.

Although Gates is a recipient of the silver Star, he is gutless in a courtroom and will not call down a corrupt prosecution when he observes it. He had expert testimony and visual proof that Hollywood Police "Did a Little Walt Disney on the video evidence," yet, when the state falsely represented that they lost the exculpatory evidence, that Gates had already ruled upon as tainted, granted the state's motion in limine to exclude all consideration of the evidence lost by the state and also lost by defense counsel at the urging of the state.

This man is unfit to sit in judgment of a free people.