November 18, 2018

Application Period Open for Grand County Court Vacancy

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a vacancy on the Grand County Court bench, effective January 13, 2015. The vacancy was created because Judge Ben McClelland was not retained by a majority of voters in the 2014 general election.

Eligible applicants for the vacancy must be qualified electors of Grand County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent of a high school education. Application forms are available from Justice Monica Marquez, the ex officio chair of the Fourteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, and are also available from State Judicial’s website. Applications must be received by the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on December 5, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person for the judgeship must do so no later than 4 p.m. on November 28, 2014.

For more information about the judicial vacancy, 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.