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Eighteenth Judicial District - Arapahoe County Judge

2008 Retention Survey Report
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Honorable Alex Bencze

Retention year: 2008
Recommendation: Retain

The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance by unanimous vote recommends that Judge Alex Bencze BE RETAINED.
Background:    Judge Bencze received his undergraduate from the University of Indiana and his law degree from the University of Denver law school in 1979. He worked in private practice and in the Public Defenders Office. Judge Bencze has served on the bench for 14 years including 4.5 as a district court magistrate. Judge Bencze was appointed to the Arapahoe County Court bench in August of 1998. Currently, Judge Bencze is hearing a docket of 70% traffic, 5% civil and 25% misdemeanor cases.
Judge Bencze serves on the county bench in Arapahoe County where he is one of the most respected judges in the court. He is known to be fair, well organized and to be a man who listens. He runs a highly efficient docket under frequently extremely difficult and demanding conditions. He is highly respected and is known for his care in explaining the legal system in understandable terms to the many people who appear before him. Many that appear before him defend themselves without representation. Others have language problems and require interpreters. In all of these difficult situations he is known for his patience and understanding.
The Commission conducts extensive research in making this recommendation, including use of surveys conducted on the judge, interviews with people involved in the courtroom, personal observations in the courtroom and the judge's self evaluation.
Recommendation: Of those attorneys surveyed 100% recommended the judge be retained and 94% of non-attorneys recommended that he be retained. The Commission finds that Judge Bencze is an excellent judge and will continue to serve the Eighteenth Judicial District with the highest quality. Because of his reputation for fairness, the Commission has asked him to use whatever spare time he can find to mentor less experienced judges. The Commission finds that Judge Bencze is an excellent judge and should be retained.