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Sixth Judicial District - San Juan County Judge


Reports:
2010 Retention Survey Report
2009 Interim Survey Report

Honorable Lyndon K. Skinner

Retention year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain

The Sixth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Lyndon K. Skinner BE RETAINED, with one Commissioner absent.

Judge Skinner was appointed to the San Juan County Court for the Sixth Judicial District in 2006 by Governor Bill Owens. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Skinner had retired from the Colorado State Patrol in March of 1997. He attended the University of Colorado from 1960 to 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1971. In April of 1997 Judge Skinner was appointed as the Municipal Judge in Silverton, Colorado a position he has filled to this day. He has resided in San Juan County for 31 years. Judge Skinner is one of a few non-attorney judges serving in the rural counties of Colorado.

Judge Skinner has a varied docket of cases. He hears approximately 25% civil and small claims cases which include restraining orders and landlord-tenant disputes; 25% of his cases are traffic offenses and the remaining 50% of his case filings are misdemeanor, DUI and felony criminal cases.

The Commission reviewed court generated statistics, documentation from interested parties, surveys from both attorneys and non-attorneys, as well as a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Skinner. Public notice of written commentary was published in the newspapers in the judicial district. Members of the Commission observed Judge Skinner in his courtroom and observed his courtroom demeanor, decision-making, and the manner in which he treated the parties, lawyers, and witnesses. The Commission was impressed with Judge Skinner’s courtroom demeanor.

Judge Skinner's survey results were favorable on the issue of retention both with attorneys and non-attorneys.  One hundred percent of attorneys responding strongly recommended retention and 86% of non-attorneys responding recommended retention. He received high performance assessments regarding case management, courtroom demeanor and being prepared for his cases. His overall performance grade when compared to the county court judges and all trial court judges in Colorado met or exceeds the state average. He is polite and courteous to witnesses, parties and to those appearing before him. His communication skills are good and Judge Skinner renders clear and prompt decisions. San Juan County is well served with Judge Skinner on the bench.