Hon. Kenneth R. Lester Jr. See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Seminole County
18th 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Kenneth R. Lester Jr.



Comment #: FL6204
Rating:Not Rated
Funny how u leave a review and it’s taken down ASAP

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: FL5865
Unjust. Still attempting to rationalize his ruling.


Comment #: FL5676
Rating:Not Rated
Kenneth Lester hides in his chambers, then comes out and does as he pleases, regardless of the U.S. Constitution. He's a criminal himself, and one with a horrible anger problem.

As for intelligence, he called me a "liar" and locked me up for not following his orders, then watched videos of his previous orders to realize it was ALL his mistake. Not a very bright man. And no character; not so much as an apology.

Kenneth Lester is a criminal, not a just judge. He represents everything wrong with the legal system today. No character, just greed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL4488
I've practiced in front of Lester for years, and it's always a pleasure. He trusts the defense and prosecutors regarding their cases, and he calls balls & strikes when needed. So, if you're having issues and need a 10th continuance, Lester will do it. He understands. And, he will not fiddle with your plea agreements, he understands that the state and defense know more about the case than anyone else, so I haven't seen many pleas blow up in his court room. That being said, he has little tolerance for lying witnesses. If he catches your witness in a lie--it's over. But 99.9% of the time, he's smooth and understanding, though you may not win many defense motions. I believe that most of the Orange County circuit judges could benefit from watching how efficient Lester is with his docket. It's amazing. 200 cases, out the door by 9:30. Seminole County is lucky to have Lester.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL4103
the best always ready gets it right has the experience very decent person

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL2725
To prepare to appear before him, I advise watching My Cousin Vinnie.