Hon. Robert Holmes Bell See Rating Details
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Average Rating:6.5 - 6 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. Robert Holmes Bell


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21540
This knowledgable judge is very difficult to work with if any delay occurs. In addition, you will be dealing with a decorum fanatic, particularly with regard to his being referred to as "Your Honor" and not "Judge." That should give you a picture of his type of the "on the bench for life and I know it" attitude. He is, however, bright and organized.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21254
This judge stays quite close to the applicable law, and is fairly scholarly in his opinions. He recognizes and treats important evidence correctly. He can be a bit gruff sometimes if he dislikes the way a particular side is presenting a case or addressing an issue, but overall, he is very close to exactly what a judge should be.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21227
Judge Bell is a very good judge; he understands the law, and is not afraid to make tough decisions. He might be considered a bit conservative, but I think that he reflects Western Michigan's standards. I have tried cases before him, and I believe that he is also a terrific trial judge.


Comment #: 9328
100% emotions, recently barred my complaint because it was against his college buddy. I filed a Judge Tenure regarding my civil rights beforehand, so I felt it was excessive to put a boot leg an on my complaint.

"...dismissed with prejudice"


Comment #: 6704
6th Circuit reversed Judge Bell's sentencing of a child molester. The case is US vs Christopher Brattain 07-1594. He failed to apply a five-level enhancement pursuant to U.S.S.G. §4B1.5(b), stating that the enhancement applied only to offenders who had abused multiple victims, and Brattain had abused a single victim over a period of seven years. The government argued that the district court’s failure to apply the enhancement was in error because Brattain qualified as a repeat offender, and Congress explicitly revised the enhancement to apply to repeat offenders who abuse only a single victim.