Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation
Paul Farley, Chair
The State Commission on Judicial Performance and local judicial district performance commissions have completed their evaluations of 134 justices and judges who are scheduled to stand for retention in the November 2010 election. The commissions are charged with providing voters with fair, responsible, and constructive evaluations of individual judges seeking retention, and providing judges with useful information concerning their performance.
The commissions evaluate judges on a wide range of criteria, including integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, and administrative performance. To do this, commissions review information from several sources: written opinions and decisions, caseload statistics, interviews, courtroom observations, judges’ self-evaluations, and independent surveys. Earlier this year, surveys were sent to over 63,000 people who have had recent involvement with the judicial system, including prosecutors, public defenders, and private attorneys, litigants, jurors, crime victims, law enforcement officers, court interpreters, court employees, and probation officers.
The commissions then produce recommendations and supporting narratives for each judge standing for retention, which are included in the “Blue Book” published by the Legislative Council and are mailed to every voter household in the State. The recommendation, narrative, and complete statistical survey results, will be available on the Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation website at www.coloradojudicialperformance.gov starting on August 3 no later than 1:00 p.m.
“Colorado’s judicial performance process tries to strike an extremely difficult balance by making judges accountable to the public without becoming involved in politics,” said Paul Farley, Chair of the State Commission on Judicial Performance. “It is important that citizens take the time to review the information the commissions have provided and cast informed votes in the November election.”