August 24, 2019

Colorado Judicial Institute Seeks Nominations for 2016 Judicial Excellence Awards

CJIOn Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the Colorado Judicial Institute announced that it is seeking nominations for its 2016 Judicial Excellence Awards. The awards acknowledge the efforts of Colorado’s outstanding jurists in three categories: district court judge, county court judge, and magistrate. Nominations may be submitted by justices, judges, magistrates, attorneys, clerks, court staff, and others closely involved with Colorado’s judicial system. The nomination form is available online at the Colorado Judicial Institute website.

The Colorado Judicial Institute set forth criteria for evaluating nominees in each category. The district court judge nominees should have five years’ experience on the district court bench; be creative and innovative in dealing with courtroom processes; exemplify high standards of judicial excellence through a distinguished career; display extraordinary courage, tenacity, and energy in dealing with high-profile, controversial, or difficult cases; objectively, expeditiously, and efficiently manage cases and dockets; and be recognized by members of the bar, courtroom staff, and others as respectful and even-handed but in firm control of the courtroom. County court judge nominees should have five years of experience as a judicial officer in the state court system and currently work full- or part-time; efficiently, expeditiously, and objectively manage cases and dockets; be recognized by members of the bar, courtroom staff, and others as respectful and even-handed but in firm control of the courtroom; and be respected by and have the confidence of other judges, attorneys, court staff, and others. Nominees for the magistrate award should have three years of full- or part-time experience on the bench; explain the law in terms understood by everyone who appears in the courtroom; possess a demeanor and attitude of court accessibility to all; display a high level of open communication; efficiently, objectively, and expeditiously manage cases and dockets; and be respected by and have the confidence of judges, lawyers, court staff, and others.

For more information about the Judicial Excellence Awards and to fill out the nomination form, click here.

Judge Evaluations Available Online for 146 Judges Standing for Retention

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced last week that judicial evaluations are now available online for Colorado’s 146 judges standing for retention in 2014. These evaluations were carefully prepared by Colorado’s Commission on Judicial Performance and local judicial performance commissions, and will be mailed to all voters this fall in the “Blue Book.”

The Commissions on Judicial Performance were created by Colorado’s legislature in 1988 in order to provide fair, responsible, and constructive evaluations of Colorado’s trial court and appellate judges and justices. Local judicial performance commissions consist of four attorneys and six non-attorneys. Volunteer commissioners are appointed by the Colorado Chief Justice, Governor, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House for four-year terms. Commission workers take their work seriously and strive to create honest, fair, and reliable assessments of all judges standing for retention. Trial judges’ evaluations are developed with surveys of random samplings of people who appear in their courtrooms, including attorneys, jurors, litigants, court employees, and law enforcement personnel. Judges also complete self-evaluations that are used in the evaluation process. Appellate judge evaluations are developed by surveys of attorneys, court employees, other appellate judges, and other lower court judges, as well as self-evaluations, courtroom statistics, and personal observations by commission members.

To see the recommendations of the Commission on Judicial Performance regarding all 146 judges standing for retention, click here.

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.