Hon. Robert A. Hawley See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Indian River County
19th Circuit
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* 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=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Robert A. Hawley



Comment #: FL3794
He incarcerated a juvenile just because he was pissed at someone a decision later overturned.

He is prone to having tantrums rather than rendering fair and impartial judgments. I've a feeling he is being encouraged to retire five years early.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL978
I have known and practiced before Judge Hawley since he went on the bench. I have tried complicated civil matters including construction defect, fraud, conversion and breach of contract cases with him. He is able to handle complex civil cases, is actively involved with settlement, is proactive on alternative dispute resolution including summary jury trials and is an excellent trial judge. In my opinion he has only two potential shortcomings depending on one's viewpoint. One is that he lets people talk too long at uniform motion calendar hearings. Of course this is a shortcoming only if you are waiting for your hearing, not if you are arguing your motion. The other is that he takes a very long time to get written opinions out for nonjury matters and extended hearings on motions for summary judgment. The flipside is that his opinions are lengthy, well-reasoned, supported by testimony and case law and thus, highly unlikely to be reversed on appeal.