Hon. Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
W.D.Mo.  
Average Rating:7.4 - 9 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=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr.


Comments


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5815
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I don't think comment 5770 is really from a criminal defense attorney. Imagine, complaining about State Court executions being held up for years. On mere constitutional grounds, no less!! What a shock. Sounds like another state court prosecutor who can't admit what they do.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5770
Rating:2.8
Comments:
This judge held up executions in Missouri because he didn't like the Missouri execution procedure. He ordered change after change to the process - delaying action for years. See 8th Circuit rebuke.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 4795
Rating:7.7
Comments:
Excellent trial judge, even-handed on sentencing.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 4786
Rating:7.2
Comments:
Judge Gaitan is very pleasant and a pleasure to appear in front of. He is courteous to everyone. He follows the law.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 4782
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Outstanding Judge. Fair, even-handed, highly respected by the bar and hard working. The golf comments below are a cheap shot. Judge Gaitan has always been a dedicated public servant who strives to do the right thing. He is fair to both sides of a lawsuit and keeps control of his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2093
Rating:8.7
Comments:
Excellent in trial. Very fair to attorneys and he tries to be even handed. Some lawyers complain that he is slow to rule on pretrial motions. Demanding on lawyers with time management at trial. Keeps a strict schedule during the course of a trial. Overall, a good judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1376
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
In a criminal case, Judge Gaitan's rule of decision seemed to be "whatever gets the case over most quickly - I have a tee time!" The trial day was designed for his convenience, without regard for the jurors, attorneys or parties.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1150
Rating:7.5
Comments:
Tries very hard to be fair.