June 27, 2017

State Judicial Performance Commission Seeks Public Input

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, the State Commission on Judicial Performance issued a request for public input on the state’s Judicial Performance Evaluation. The Commission is conducting a sunset review, as it is due to sunset in 2019. The Commission will hold several meetings throughout Colorado on the following dates and times:

  • Denver (November 14 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center Room 1E)
  • Alamosa (November 15 – Noon to 2 PM Rio Grande Water Conservation District Office)
  • Pueblo (November 16 – Noon to 2 PM Jury Assembly Room Pueblo Combined Court)
  • Colorado Springs (November 16 – 4:00 PM Jury Assembly Room El Paso County Judicial Building)
  • Grand Junction (November 17 – Noon to 2 PM Jury Assembly Room Mesa County Justice Center)
  • Breckenridge (November 18 –Noon – 2 PM Jury Assembly Room Summit County Justice Center)
  • Durango (November 18 – Noon to 2 PM Jury Assembly Room La Plata County Courthouse)
  • Lamar (November 21 – Noon to 2 PM Large Courtroom Prowers County Combined Court)
  • Greeley (November 22 – Noon to 2 PM Jury Assembly Room Weld County Centennial Center)
  • Fort Collins (November 22- 4:00 PM Jury Assembly Room Larimer County Justice Center)
  • Denver (December 5 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center Room 1E)

During these meetings, the Commission requests that the public offer input on the following questions:

  1. Do you rely on Judicial Performance Evaluations when you vote for judges?  Why or why not?
  2. Are we collecting the right information about judges?
  3. Are we evaluating and reporting the evaluations properly?
  4. Does the quality and usefulness of the evaluation information meet your expectations?
  5. What other attributes of judges should we be gathering feedback on?
  6. What suggestions do you have to improve the system?

The Commission is not seeking input about particular judges or a particular judge’s particular decisions at this meeting.  The focus will be on the evaluation process itself.

If you cannot attend one of these meetings, you may submit comments regarding the program at www.ojpe.org. Click on the “Citizens Feedback” button at the top of the page to begin the process.  For further information contact the Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation, (303) 928-7777 or email Kent Wagner, Executive Director, at kent.wagner@judicial.state.co.us.

Rule Change 2016(02) Amends Rules Governing Commissions on Judicial Performance

The Colorado Supreme Court issued Rule Change 2016(02), which amends the Rules Governing the Commissions on Judicial Performance, effective March 17, 2016. All but three of the 16 rules were amended; some of the changes were relatively minor and some were more involved. Rule 12, “Recommendations,” was amended drastically to delete some of the specific criteria regarding retention recommendations. Rule 14, “Confidentiality,” also had several changes, including the deletion of certain criteria for the release of confidential information. Some of the changes, however, only affected the order of the wording.

A redline of the changes is available here. For all of the Colorado Supreme Court’s adopted and proposed rule changes, click here.

 

Judicial Performance Commission Appointments Announced

On Friday, October 9, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced appointments to several Commissions on Judicial Performance. These appointments are effective December 1, 2015, for terms expiring November 30, 2019. The Commissions on Judicial Performance were created by the General Assembly in 1988 in order to provide voters with fair, responsible, and constructive evaluations of judges seeking retention. Each of Colorado’s judicial districts has a Commission and there is one for the state appellate judges. Commissions consist of ten volunteer commissioners — four attorneys and six non-attorneys. Governor Hickenlooper’s appointments are as follows:

  • State Commission on Judicial Performance – Suzanne Jalbert of Fraser was appointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • Third Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Nancy Lake of Weston was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Eleventh Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Jenna Mazzucca of Salida was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Thirteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Amy Schmidt of Laird was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Fifteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Joshua Vogel of Lamar was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Heidi Miller of Commerce City was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Valerie Garcia of Centennial was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Martin Beier of Frederick was appointed to serve as an attorney.

For more information about the commissions on judicial performance, click here. For more information about the appointments, click here.

Judicial Performance and Nominating Commission Appointments Announced

This week, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced the governor’s appointment of several members of judicial performance commissions throughout the state and one member of a judicial nominating commission. Armando Valdez of La Jara was appointed to the Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission, to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat from Conejos County. His term will expire December 31, 2020. Attorney Norman Ray Mueller of Denver was reappointed to the Second Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission. His term is effective December 1, 2015, and will expire November 30, 2019. Lindsey Parlin of Leadville was reappointed to the Fifth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, to serve as an attorney for a term effective from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Michael Andrew Goldman of Durango was reappointed to the Sixth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission. He is an attorney who will serve a term from December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2019. Attorney Christopher Michael Turner of Pueblo was also reappointed to the Tenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission for a term effective December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Amanda C. Hopkins of Alamosa, an attorney, was reappointed to the Twelfth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission to serve from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Russell Allen Zane of La Junta was reappointed to the Sixteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission. He will serve from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Attorney Lance Phillip Timbreza of Grand Junction was reappointed to the Twenty-first Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, also to serve from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019. And finally, Peter Ortego of Lewis, who is an attorney, was reappointed to the Twenty-second Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission for a term effective December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019.

Judicial nominating commissions are responsible for reviewing applications and selecting nominees for appointment to judicial vacancies in their district. Judicial performance commissions were created to provide voters with fair, responsible, and constructive evaluations of judges in their judicial district who face retention elections. For more information about the commissions and the appointments, click here.

Colorado Rules Governing Commissions on Judicial Performance Amended Along with CJD 85-22

The Colorado Supreme Court approved Rule Change 2014(04), amending the Colorado Rules Governing the Commissions on Judicial Performance. The changes were to Rule 10, “Trial Judge Evaluations”; Rule 11, “Appellate Judge and Justice Evaluations”; and Rule 13, “Narratives.” The changes were extensive, including changing language and updating procedures for judicial evaluation. To see a redline of the changes, click here.

Chief Justice Directive 85-22 was also amended by the Colorado Supreme Court. The directive was amended in order to list the current interest rate and to update the interest rate that appears in the CJD. The interest rate on judgments that are appealed is 3 percent for 2014.

HB 14-1069: Specifying Additional People to be Interviewed by Commissions on Judicial Performance

On January 8, 2014, Rep. Paul Rosenthal introduced HB 14-1069 – Concerning District Commissions on Judicial Performance. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Current law directs district commissions on judicial performance (commissions), as part of their evaluations of district and county judges, to interview other district and county judges and other interested persons. The bill adds to this list the district attorney, a representative of the state public defender, and a representative of the local bar association.

The commission must issue invitations to the new interviewees not less than 35 days before the interview. A majority of the commission must be present at the interview. The commission may substitute a written submission in place of an interview only with the consent of the invited person. The CBA LPC voted to support this legislation. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Judiciary Committee amended and moved the bill to the full House for consideration on 2nd Reading.

Since this summary, the bill passed 2nd Reading with amendments, and it passed 3rd Reading in the House as well.

Governor Hickenlooper Announced Appointments to Judicial Performance Commissions

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s selection of several individuals as members of judicial performance commissions in 21 of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts and the State Judicial Performance Commission.

The Commissions on Judicial Performance evaluate judges and provide recommendations about judge retention for elections. There is one commission in each of the 22 judicial districts and one state commission. Each commission consists of 10 volunteer members: six non-attorneys and four attorneys.  Trial judges’ evaluations are based on surveys results from a random sampling of people who have appeared before the judge: attorneys, jurors, litigants, employees of the court, employees of other state agencies, victims of crime, and other judges. A self-evaluation by the judge is also considered. The State Judicial Performance Commission evaluates Colorado’s appellate judges in a similar manner.

The following people were appointed to Colorado’s district judicial performance commissions:

  • State Judicial Performance Commission — Roland Williams of Westcliffe, to serve as a non-attorney; David Kaplan of Denver, reappointed.
  • 1st Judicial District — Julie Shaw of Black Hawk, to serve as a non-attorney; Anne Schafer of Black Hawk, to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 2nd Judicial District — Leslie N. Herod of Denver, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 3rd Judicial District — Lola Spradley of La Veta, to serve as a non-attorney; Sharon Vezzani of Walsenburg, to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 4th Judicial District — Thomas “T.C.” Dantzler, Jr., of Peyton, to serve as a non-attorney; Jody Alyn of Colorado Springs, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 5th Judicial District — Thomas Marmins of Silverthorne, to serve as a non-attorney; Emily Tracy of Breckenridge, to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 6th Judicial District — Julie Abril of Durango, to serve as a non-attorney; Carrie “Cissy” Anderson of Durango, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 7th Judicial District — Dawn Delany of Gunnison, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney; Donald Mort of Ouray, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 8th Judicial District — Anne Wilseck of Fort Collins, to serve as a non-attorney; Rex Shaw of Walden, to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 9th Judicial District — Patricia Blakey of New Castle, to serve as a non-attorney; John Real of Glenwood Springs, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 10th Judicial District — Leslie Reindollar of Colorado City, to serve as a non-attorney; Margaret Redmond of Pueblo, to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 11th Judicial District — Louise Fish of Salida, to serve as a non-attorney; John Johnston of Westcliffe, to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 12th Judicial District — Avery Augur of Creede, to serve as a non-attorney; Robert Pacheco of Manassa, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 13th Judicial District — Thomas Parks of Yuma, to serve as a non-attorney; Loren Sharp of Fort Morgan, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 14th Judicial District — John Daughenbaugh of Steamboat Springs, to serve as a non-attorney; Lynn Abbott of Steamboat Springs, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 15th Judicial District — Brenda Stoker of Eads, to serve as a non-attorney; Regina Dorenkamp of Holly, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 17th Judicial District — Lori Ella of Northglenn, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney; LuzMaria Banuelos-Shearer of Brighton, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 18th Judicial District — Irma Carrera of Lone Tree, to serve as a non-attorney; Susan Thornton of Littleton, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 19th Judicial District — Judy Boker of Greeley, to serve as a non-attorney; Kathleen Milligan of Greeley, to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 20th Judicial District — Graham Billingsley of Boulder, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney; Michelle Murphy of Boulder, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 21st Judicial District — Kimberly Bullen of Grand Junction, to serve as a non-attorney; William Wade of Grand Junction, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • 22nd Judicial District — Travis Morgan of Towaoc, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney; Leslie Taylor of Cahone, reappointed to serve as a non-attorney.

For more information on judicial performance commissions, click here.