Hon. Kenneth M. Hoyt See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.Tex.  
Average Rating:5.5 - 11 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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. Kenneth M. Hoyt


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19300
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Fairest judge In the district. Treats everyone with dignity and respect, even when people disrespect him. Not afraid to make tough decisions. Not the most scholarly judge, but will listen to the law and allow himself to be educated. Can be trusted.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18694
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Issued numerous Orders without citing to any legal authority. Very "shoot from the hip" style with rulings. Stay away

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11589
Rating:1.2
Comments:
among the very worst

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9551
Rating:3.7
Comments:
Prior evaluator was right -- a nice guy, but not very bright. Fails to grasp very basic legal issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8670
Rating:7.8
Comments:
It is a pleasure to try a case in his court. Judge Hoyt is very thorough in his voir dire. He shows amazing patience with lawyers -- esp. those who want to argue over one of his evidentiary rulings. He does not follow 5th Cir case law in lockstep -- particularly when they run contrary to S.Ct. precedents.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6549
Rating:2.6
Comments:
Nice guy with a good sense of humor but not very bright and usually completely unprepared. Likes to do hearings, and make rulings, without a record and this can lead to real problems when he doesn't remember what he did or why he did it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2937
Rating:4.8
Comments:
Nice guy, but not very smart...if civil issue is complex, you should be concerned. Also has a reputation for having racial bias towards black defendants

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1536
Rating:7.3
Comments:
One of the better Houston judges