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Fourth Judicial District - District Judge

2008 Retention Survey Report
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Honorable David S. Prince

Retention year: 2008
Recommendation: Retain

The Fourth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends by a unanimous vote that Judge David S. Prince BE RETAINED.

Background: Judge Prince was appointed to the District Court in April 2006.  He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1987 and from the University of Utah College of Law in 1990.

Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Prince was a civil litigation partner in private practice.  He serves as a judge for both Teen Court and the Mock Trial program and is a speaker for Our Courts.  Judge Prince founded and continues to organize the annual bar association Habitat for Humanity work project.  He was also a founding member of the Historic Preservation Alliance for Colorado Springs.  Judge Prince now presides over criminal and civil cases.

Strengths: Attorneys who responded to survey questions rated Judge Prince above average in all areas including case management, application and knowledge of law, communication, demeanor and diligence.  They noted that he was fair, respectful, knowledgeable, and listened well.  Responses on the non-attorney survey also rated Judge Prince above average in all five areas.  They commended him for his communication skills, respectful demeanor, and fairness.

Weakness: Judge Prince is working to improve his understanding of criminal procedure and the intricacies of sentencing through reading and coursework from the National Judicial College.

Recommendation: In making its recommendation, the Commission considered the results of surveys from 25 attorneys and 47 non-attorneys, a self-evaluation by the judge, courtroom observations, written decisions and orders and an interview with Judge Prince before the commission.  All the attorneys surveyed and 98% of non-attorneys surveyed recommended that Judge Prince be retained in office.