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Twentieth Judicial District - Boulder County Judge

2004 Retention Survey Report
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Honorable John F. Stavely

Retention year: 2004
Recommendation: Retain

The Twentieth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge John F. Stavely BE RETAINED.

The Commission conducted a public hearing, observed courtroom conduct, interviewed the judge, reviewed surveys and Judge Stavely's self-evaluation and received public comments in making this recommendation. The Commission voted unanimously that Judge Stavely be retained.

Judge Stavely was appointed as County Court Judge for Boulder County in 2001 . He currently serves in Longmont. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice in civil and criminal litigation and also served as a Municipal Judge for many years.

Judge Stavely was highly rated in all areas surveyed by both non-attorneys and attorneys. Ninety-five percent of attorneys surveyed recommended Judge Stavely be retained in office and only 5% recommended that he not be retained. Eighty-two percent of the non-attorneys surveyed recommended retention, with 7% for non-retention.

In addition to supporting Judge Stavely's retention, parties surveyed rated him highly in specific categories. His strengths were courtesy, impartiality, communication skills and demeanor.

Despite the large docket of County Court matters placed before him, Judge Stavely has received high approval for case efficiency. The Commission was very impressed with Judge Stavely's efforts in establishing new procedures which increased case efficiency without reducing the individual's access to the Courts. The Commission felt that Judge Stavely makes a substantial contribution to the community and is involved in appropriate activities outside of his role as a Judge. Survey results and commission review indicated that Judge Stavely maintains a pleasant and business-like judicial demeanor in his interaction with parties involved in the numerous County Court matters, including defendants appearing without legal representation.