Judicial Performance Evaluations Released for 2018

by Doug Chartier
judicial performance assessments

On Tuesday, the Colorado Office for Judicial Performance Evaluation released the judicial performance evaluations of 123 trial judges and five appellate judges who are up for retention in this year’s general election. The evaluations, which were carried out by the State Commission on Judicial Performance and local commissions in each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts, also issued recommendations as to whether each judge met performance standards, with two judges receiving negative recommendations.

The appellate judges, who all received positive recommendations, were Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel and appellate court judges John Dailey, Rebecca Rankin Freyre, Elizabeth Harris and David Richman.

The 2018 judicial performance assessments are also the first to be doled out since the rules governing them underwent a significant change earlier this year. The evaluations are available on the OJPE’s website.

Each general election, Colorado voters decide whether or not to retain appointed judges standing for retention. After serving a two-year provisional term, county judges stand every four years, district judges stand every six years, Court of Appeals judges stand every eight years and Supreme Court justices stand every 10 years.

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