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Eighteenth Judicial District - District Judge

2008 Retention Survey Report
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Honorable Charles M. Pratt

Retention year: 2008
Recommendation: Retain

The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Charles M. Pratt BE RETAINED.
Background: Judge Pratt received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State in Economics. He then went on to receive both an MBA and a law degree simultaneously from the University of Denver in 1982. He worked for a number of years in private practice specializing in civil law. Judge Pratt was appointed to the Arapahoe County District Court bench in August 2005.

Judge Pratt has a complex mixed docket (60% Felony, 25% Civil and 5% Juvenile). He has served Douglas, Elbert and Arapahoe County District Courts. He has shown a rapid learning curve and promises to continue to be an exceptional addition to the court system. Judge Pratt has also been chosen as one of a select few to participate in the ASTAR (Advanced Scientific and Technical Adjudication Resource) Center sponsored by the United States Department of Justice which will allow him to become an invaluable resource for other judges in newly emerging area in jurisprudence. Judge Pratt also serves on the Eighteenth Judicial District Community Correction Board.
The Commission conducts extensive research in making this recommendation, including use of surveys conducted on the judge, interviews with people involved in the courtroom, and personal observations in the courtroom and the Judge's self evaluation. Judge Pratt has excellent court room demeanor, case management ability and integrity.
Recommendations: Of those attorneys surveyed, 95% said Judge Pratt should be retained  and 97% of non-attorneys said that he should be retained. The Commission is recommending Judge Pratt without reservation. He has proved to be a superior judge during his initial tenure and shows every sign of maintaining the highest quality on the bench. The Commission finds that Judge Pratt is an exceptional judge and will continue to serve the Eighteenth Judicial District with the highest quality output. The Commission finds that Judge Pratt is an excellent judge and should be retained.