District: County Judge
Very friendly and easy to work with; runs his court efficiently, if not as fast as other judges; generally fair and
has better legal knowledge than the average new judge.
A bit too far towards the state, but a fine judge.
A tremendous addition to the county bench; better than expected, though not a surprise.
A welcome addition; very polite.
Disappointed with his hard-headedness.
Good grasp of legal issues; tough on repeat offenders.
Pleasant judge; too harsh on unrepresented defendants; too strict.
Professional, calm, predictable.
Prompt and courteous; wants to follow the law and do the right thing; solid choice.
Surprisingly slow; indecisive in spite of his experience.
Very courteous, listens to all who have business in his court.
Very formal; needs seasoning on the bench.
Very professional; very complete record.
By JASON GEARY
County Judge Rob Griffin received a mixture of praise and criticism for his first appearance on The Ledger's biennial survey of lawyers.
Griffin, who was elected in September 2006 to the county bench, is currently assigned to handle criminal cases.
He ranked sixth out of 10 county judges. His overall score was 7.19 out of 10. His highest individual category was 7.65 for professional conduct. His lowest score was 6.94 for written decisions.
Some lawyers described Griffin as being a "great young judge" and having "better legal knowledge than the average new judge."
"Prompt and courteous," one wrote. "Wants to follow the law and do the right thing. Solid choice."
"Good grasp of legal issues," another wrote. "Tough on repeat offenders."
But others criticized him for favoring the prosecution and being slow.
"Surprisingly slow, very indecisive in spite of his experience," one wrote.
Although he manages many cases, Griffin said he tries to take time to explain to defendants what is happening in their cases.
"What some might perceive as slow, I perceive as being thoughtful," he said.
Griffin, 49, served for about 10 years as an assistant state attorney in Bartow before going into private practice, handling family, criminal and juvenile cases.
Griffin graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1980 and from Stetson University College of Law in 1984.
His term expires in 2012.
He and his wife, Terry, have three children.