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Eighteenth Judicial District - District Judge

2008 Retention Survey Report
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Honorable Paul A. King

Retention year: 2008
Recommendation: Retain

The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance by a unanimous vote recommends that Judge Paul A. King BE RETAINED.

Background:  Judge King graduated from Bradley University in 1974 in Peoria, Illinois and received his law degree from the University of Denver Law School in 1978.  Judge King served in the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s office (1978-1985), was in private practice for approximately one and a half years, and then worked in the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office (1987-2000).  Judge King was appointed as a district court judge in 2000 and presided over civil, domestic and probate matters in Douglas County.  In 2002, Judge King took over a criminal docket and has continued to preside over civil matters in Douglas County. 

Judge King is generous with his time to the community.  He makes presentations to schools and encourages students and classes from local high schools to observe his courtroom and participate in the Colorado High School Moot Court Competition.  He is involved in the “Our Courts” program and gives presentations in this regard.  Judge King was a past president of the Douglas-Elbert Bar Association.  He also participates in blood drives in Castle Rock and donates on a regular basis.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sky Cliff Stroke Center in Castle Rock.

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. Surveys rated Judge King with high marks for his communication skills, his excellent judicial temperament and the efficiency with which he runs his courtroom.  Attorneys commented that Judge King is professional, hard working, patient, organized, and has excellent knowledge of the law.  The Commission reviewed various opinions that Judge King wrote and found his opinions were well-reasoned, clearly written, and addressed case issues.

Recommendation:  In surveys of non-attorneys, 96% strongly recommended retention of Judge King.  The attorney surveys indicated 92% strongly recommend that Judge King should be retained. The Commission finds that Judge King is an excellent judge and should be retained.