Judge Robert Doyel

Judge Robert Doyel

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Doctor of Juridical Science 1987 University of Wisconsin
Master of Laws 1985 University of Wisconsin
Juris Doctor 1975 University of  Oklahoma
Bachelor of Business Administration 1967 University of Oklahoma
HONORS Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Oklahoma Law Review; Beta Gamma Sigma


Elected circuit judge 9/8/94; took office 1/3/95.
Family Division and Domestic Violence Section Judge
Administrative Judge of Family Division 1/1/97 to present.
Established Civil Domestic Violence Court - 1997
Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure 1996-99;  
Vice Chair 1998-99
Family Court Steering Committee 1998-present
Chair, Domestic Violence Subcommittee 2000-present
Executive Committee 2000-present
Co-chair, Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Implementation of Kayla McKean Act 1999-2000
Florida Court Education Council Subcommittee on Mandatory Domestic Violence Education for Judges 1999-present;
Co-chair, Faculty Planning Subcommittee 2001-present
Supreme Court Mediation Policy Committee 2001-present


Private practice, Oklahoma 1975-78
Law professor, University of Mississippi School of Law 1978-84
Director, Clinical Legal Education, University of Mississippi School of Law
Director, Mississippi Court Education (Judicial College and Prosecutors College)
Graduate Fellow, University of Wisconsin Law School 1984-85
Law professor and Director of Clinical Legal Education, Mercer University School of Law 1985-87
Private practice, Bartow, 1987-94
Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer 1991
Board Certified Criminal Appellate Lawyer 1991


Lieutenant, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy 1967-72; Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V for service in Vietnam 1968-69.


Bartow Breakfast Rotary
Board of Directors, Polk County Red Cross 1996-97
Board of Directors, Ritz Theatre 1997-98
Board of Directors, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
1991-94; Treasurer 1993-94, 1994
President, Polk County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association 1990-91
Polk County Trial Lawyers Association
Lakeland Bar Association
Polk County Family Law Bar Association
Polk County Domestic Violence Task Force
Willson American Inn of Court/
Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure 1996- present


Family Court Steering Committee, 1998-present
Executive Committee 2000-present
Chair, Domestic Violence Subcommittee 2000-present
Co-chair, Florida Court Education Curriculum for Mandatory Education on 
Violence Pilot Project, 2000-present
Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy,
Co-chair, Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Implementation of 
Kayla McKean Act, 1999-2000

Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, 1996-99
Vice-Chair, 1998-99
Willson American Inn of Court, 1995-2000


Author of numerous law review articles 
(e.g., “Child Custody Modification: Gibbs, Detriment, 
and the Reasonable Divorced Parent,” 
25 Family Law Commentator 1 (No. 4, June 1999).
Frequent presenter/speaker on domestic violence issues

Updated 10/17/2003