Hon. John S. Carlin See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Lee County
20th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 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. John S. Carlin


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3737
Judge Carlin is one of five family law judges in Lee County. He is very well respected and experienced. He encourages divorcing parents to be cooperative with each other and flexible. He is willing to order a 50/50 custody arrangement when it is good for the children. I like to have cases with Judge Carlin because he gives quick hearing times and enters prompt rulings. Judge Carlin is a dedicated and hard working judge.


Comment #: FL3703
Judge Carlin is one of the best judges in Fort Myers. He gives everybody a chance to speak and he is very respectful to everyone in his courtroom. He gives prompt rulings and explains to everybody the legal reason for his ruling. I did not have a lawyer and my husband had a lawyer. I was worried that the judge would favor the lawyer but Judge Carlin was very fair to everyone. I had a positive experience in Judge Carlin's courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3683
Judge Carlin is an excellent judge. He has a lot of judicial experience as a family law judge. He is very punctual and treats all lawyers and parties with a great deal of respect. I am always impressed with how well Judge Carlin handles complicated legal issues. He is one of the best judges in Lee County.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3549
This judge is biased. He hates female lawyers. He rules in favor of his cronies in the good-old-boy club no matter what the facts are and refuses to follow the law. He does not care because he knows that 99% of the clients do not have the money to appeal him. He twists evidence to suit the outcome that he wants. If he does not like you (and he does not like you if you are a woman lawyer) or your client then he will totally screw you and he is sneeky and underhanded in how he does it. This man should not be a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3202
Judge Carlin is very biased, and blatantly does not follow the law if he does not feel like he wants to. He makes up his own rules, and does not allow parties to testify or argue their case. He just jumps in and controls the hearing himself, and allows his hearings to turn into chaotic "Judge Judy" hearings where anyone can speak at any time. He lies and says he will not use a prior report in a case to dismiss witnesses who will testify that the report is wrong and full of errors. Then, he uses the prior report as a reason to deny a party he does not like. It seems to me that he has attorneys who are his friends, and he rules in their favor all the time. I suspect that he is in cahoots with them, or taking bribes, or doing favors for his friends.


Comment #: FL2923
This judge is very fair and respectful of parties and lawyers. He cares about the children of the families who appear on his docket. Great judge!


Comment #: FL1853
Open Appeal Case so can not comment specifically. This Judge ordered child to custody with batterer who bragged of abuse in court.