Hon. Robert L. Hinkle See Rating Details
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Average Rating:9.2 - 5 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 L. Hinkle


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22351
Rating:Not Rated
Hinkle was a great judge for many years, but he's starting to show signs of being on the bench too long. He has become cranky and impatient. He is now impulsive and not near as thoughtful as he once was. He is more establishment oriented. Grants a lot of improper summary judgments for those with wealth and power.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8835
very good judge, sometimes irascible. No continuances unless the moon is blue.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6265
Rating:Not Rated
Excellent Judge. Fair and pays attention to the trial. He listens to both parties. He is extremely knowledgeable. Reads what is submitted. He is a great role model for all judges. Excellent!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2435
One of the top judges in Florida.

A bit quick to anger and not quite as knowledgeable as he thinks, but overall will give a fair trial.

Hinkle actually reads what is submitted and shows familiarity with it. His rulings are grounded in the record and the law. He is not afraid of work and has not been guilty of the docket-clearing improprieties one sees in other courts.

He will put an unscrupulous attorney in his place.

A bit too heavy on courtroom decorum.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1804
A brilliant judge, but also evenhanded and willing to upbraid the government and defense counsel appropriately. I had the pleasure of trying a case with Judge Hinkle several years ago, and I can say that he was extremely knowledgable and fair.