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Fourth Judicial District - El Paso County Judge

2008 Retention Survey Report
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Honorable Daniel S. Wilson

Retention year: 2008
Recommendation: Retain

The Fourth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Daniel S. Wilson BE RETAINED.
Background: Judge Wilson graduated from Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument, Colorado, in 1978, and then from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1982.  He graduated from law school at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1989.  Before being appointed to the County Court bench in 2002, Judge Wilson worked in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, and Denver, Colorado, for approximately four years.  Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Wilson was a deputy district attorney in the Fourth Judicial District for nearly eight years.  Judge Wilson hears civil cases involving amounts of $15,000 and under and miscellaneous traffic offenses and misdemeanors.

Strengths: Judge Wilson strives to assure that everyone appearing is his court has the opportunity to be heard and everyone is treated fairly and impartially.  Judge Wilson believes that it is important for judges to be active in the community.  He is currently an active volunteer with a children's foster care program.  He also has presided as a judge in Teen Court program and the high school mock trial competitions.  He assists with youth sports programs.

Weaknesses: Judge Wilson’s knowledge of civil law is not yet at the level of his knowledge of criminal law, and he sometimes talks too fast when on the bench.

Recommendation: In making its recommendation, the Commission considered the results of surveys from attorneys and non-attorneys, a self-evaluation by the judge, courtroom observations, written decisions and orders and an interview with Judge Wilson before the commission.  On the evaluation questionnaires, Judge Wilson received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys and almost every category.  Of the attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 93% recommended Judge Wilson be retained.  Of the non-attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 94% recommended Judge Wilson be retained.