Hon. Cliff Barnes See Rating Details

County Court
St. Lucie County
19th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.1 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL889
Judge Barnes has taken a lot of heat over the past year for "bucking the system." He has truly tried to make positive changes while on the bench, much to the dismay of the old regime. He is willing to set low bonds where appropriate, actually LISTENS to attorneys and their clients, and tries to both punish and help criminal defendants, depending on the situtation. He has also been willing to openly criticize other elected public officials, when he believes they are wrong. Many say he is "easy" on the criminal defendants that appear before him. I disagree. I have seen him give some a huge break, when he thought they deserved it and usually after jumping through some pre-sentencing hoops. I have also seen him give defendants more jail time than I expected. Again, he listens and tries to do the right thing, not allowing "politics" to play a role. I wish there were a lot more judges like him out there!