Hon. Robert E. Douglas See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
DuPage County
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.2 - 4 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 E. Douglas


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL2146
Rating:4.0
Comments:
Judge Douglas seems to make up his mind early which litigant he likes and which he does not. He seems to make quick decisions and then looks for facts to support his early impressions. Rather than waiting for all the evidence to come in before reaching a decision. He doesn't truly know what's going on in the cases in front of him, as opposed to what the lawyers are telling him is going on. If you are successful in your field or of a more progressive political bent then you should avoid Judge Douglas . To be fair to you he has to like you . Many times I have seen his personal biases for or against a litigant determine the outcome of a case. If Judge Douglas likes your client then he or she can do no wrong. If your client is on the wrong side of that equation then they are in big trouble. One of the hardest things for a judge to learn is to apply the law fairly and equally to all. And not to let personal biases interfere with his judgment . It would be refreshing if Judge Douglas let the facts and the law determine the outcome of cases. But that isn't him! At least not yet.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL2082
Rating:8.1
Comments:
A very thoughtful and hard working judge. Always starts court on time. Is courteous to everyone in the courtroom and handles pro se litigants in a very compassionate manner. His rulings always seem well reasoned.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL2001
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Judge Douglas is a confused jurist , who often appears overwhelmed . He is unwilling or unable to apply the law in an even handed manner. Perhaps this is due , despite his age, to his relative inexperience. He has only one reported civil jury trial in more than 25 years as a practicing lawyer. If you are a divorce lawyer or a divorce litigant you would be well advised to take an SOJ. His rulings are often based on his whims and not on case law or on facts. For this reason he is unpredictable . Judge Douglas is quickly developing a reputation as a thin skinned jurist with a vindicative streak. Look else where if you expect a working fund of legal knowledge , experience, insight or compassion from a judge. Judge Douglas is a military like by the book kind of judge without the wisdom to do justice to those who appear in front of him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL920
Rating:1.5
Comments:
He is extremely rude.