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Second Judicial District - District Judge

Honorable Warren O. Martin

Retention year: 2000
Recommendation: Retain

The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Warren O. Martin BE RETAINED.

Judge Martin was appointed to the Denver District Court bench in July 1980. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Martin was in private practice in Denver, specializing in trials and general practice. Judge Martin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado. He received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1955, after having served in the Air Force. Judge Martin presently hears civil cases. With the exception of one year during which he served in the domestic relations division, Judge Martin has alternated between the civil and the criminal divisions during his tenure.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Martin from attorneys and non-attorneys, including written verbatim comments attached to the evaluation questionnaires. The Commission also considered a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Martin and conducted a personal interview with Judge Martin.

Judge Martin enjoys the variety of alternating between the civil and criminal courts. He has noticed that each year attorneys in general have become less courteous to each other, which concerns him. He believes that this is attributable in part to the growth of the metro area and the introduction of the less personal "big city" view of the practice of law. Judge Martin's recreational activities include reading and working in his yard.

Judge Martin received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in almost every category, including the areas of being courteous; treating all parties equally; maintaining a professional demeanor in the courtroom; correctly applying the law; and performing with diligence, efficiency and minimal delay. Of the attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 85% recommended that Judge Martin be retained in office, 5% recommended that he not be retained, and 10% had no opinion. Of the non-attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 78% recommended retention, 14% recommended non-retention, and 8% had no opinion.