Performance evaluations of Colorado appellate and trial court judges standing for retention in the 2018 general election are available at www.ojpe.org. The performance evaluations are also included in the "Colorado Voter Information Guide," commonly referred to as the Blue Book, mailed to every active registered voter household in Colorado.
The evaluations were conducted by the State Commission on Judicial Performance and 22 local judicial district performance commissions. These volunteer commissions are charged with providing voters fair, responsible and constructive evaluations of individual judges seeking retention.
Judicial performance commissions evaluate judges' integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, and administrative performance. Commissions consider responses to surveys on judicial performance, a judge's self-evaluation, decisions authored by the judge, courtroom observations, case information, and any information received.
The commissions then produced a narrative for each judge with a statement of whether the judge "meets performance standards," or "does not meet performance standards."
This citizen-involved process helps ensure that Colorado judges are highly qualified, fair, and impartial. Commissions on Judicial Performance were created in 1988 by the Colorado General Assembly to provide voters with fair, responsible and constructive evaluations of judges and justices seeking retention. The results also provide judges with information to help improve their professional skills as judicial officers.