June 26, 2019

Judge Marla Prudek Appointed to Fourth Judicial District Court; El Paso County Court Judgeship Now Vacant

The Honorable Marla Prudek was appointed to the Fourth Judicial District Court, effective November 9, 2012. Prior to her appointment, she had served as a County Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District. Her appointment to the district court bench created a vacancy on the county court bench, and the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on Friday, November 30, 2012 to interview and select nominees for appointment to the county court bench.

To be eligible for appointment, nominees must be qualified electors in El Paso County and must be admitted to the practice of law in Colorado. Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Monica Marquez, and from the Office of the District Administrator. Applications are also available on the State Judicial website.

Applications must be filed no later than 4 p.m. on November 23, 2012. Any person wishing to suggest a nominee may submit a letter to any member of the nominating commission with a copy to the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012.

Marla Prudek Appointed to Bench of Fourth Judicial District Court

On Wednesday, November 8, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Marla Prudek of Colorado Springs to the Fourth Judicial District Court bench, effective immediately.

Judge Prudek currently serves on the Fourth Judicial District County Court bench, where she hears civil, misdemeanor criminal, and traffic cases. She has been on the county court bench since 2009. Prior to her service as a judge, she was a partner at Gentry and Prudek, LLP,  in Colorado Springs, where she specialized in criminal defense.

Judge Prudek will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Kirk Samelson, whose retirement was effective October 8, 2012.

HB 12-1323: Changing Residency Requirements for Associate Judge in Montrose County/Southwestern Water Conservation District

On March 9, 2012, Rep. Don Coram and Sen. Ellen Roberts introduced HB 12-1323 – Concerning the Associate Judge for Montrose County. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Under current law, the associate county judge for Montrose County must have his or her official residence in the portion of Montrose County that is in the southwestern water conservation district. The bill repeals the requirement the associate county judge for Montrose County must have his or her official residence in the portion of Montrose County that is in the southwestern water conservation district and instead requires the associate county judge to have his or her residence within Montrose County and court chambers in the city of Nucla. The bill passed out of the legislature on April 3. The bill now moves through the enrolling process at the legislature then it is off to the Governor’s desk for signature.

Since this summary, the bill was signed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate and awaits the Governor’s signature.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.

Judge Evaluations Available Online August 3

Evaluations and recommendations for the 134 Colorado justices and judges up for retention in this fall’s general election will be available for public review on Tuesday, State Judicial announced yesterday.

The State Commission on Judicial Performance, together with local judicial evaluation commissions, surveyed over 63,000 Coloradoans having professional encounters with members of the state’s judiciary to evaluate the justices and judges on their “integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, and administrative performance.” The commissions reviewed these surveys alongside data from other sources to form the basis of their recommendation for retention for individual justices and judges.

The Judicial Performance Review for each judge is available on the State Commission website as of the afternoon of Tuesday, August 3. Also available online are sample questionnaires used in the commissions’ survey, FAQs, and relevant statutes and rules pertaining to the retention of Colorado’s judiciary.