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Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Jeffco Judge Recommended for Removal

A Jefferson County judge was alone among 104 justices and judges up for performance review to be recommended for removal from the bench in evaluations released Tuesday.

The 1st Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance said Judge Judy Archuleta not be retained because of poor people skills, rudeness, problems interacting with victims and other characteristics. She was the only judge up for retention that didn't earn a "retain" rating from state and local performance commissions.

The commissions release such lists each election season, when judges from the county level up to the Colorado Supreme Court come up for review based on feedback from attorneys and others involved in the court system. Voters have the opportunity to vote not to retain judges.

All state judges serve a two- year probationary period before standing for retention. Judges then must be retained every four years for county court, six years for district court, eight years for appellate court and 10 years for Supreme Court.


Rocky Mountain News

4 comments:

Randy said...

This Judge has (had) a long standing reputation amongst (ex) offenders, as being brutal in sentencing DUI cases

Anonymous said...

Wouldnt it be better to elect judges rather than appoint them??? djw

Anonymous said...

The article does say that they are up for election. Making public reviews of their performance, in the eyes of their peers, is a much better system.
This may be the same woman who was running for judge in Jeffco in 2001 and was a PD who failed to show up for my friend's trials and promised him drug rehab, but he was sentenced to DOC and is now dead from her lack of adequate defense and failed promises.

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