Colorado Court of Appeals
2012 Retention Survey Report
2011 Interim Survey Report
2009 Interim Survey Report
Honorable John R. WebbRetention year: 2012
The State Commission on Judicial Performance recommends by a vote of 10-0 that Judge John R. Webb BE RETAINED.
Judge Webb was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2002. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Dakota in 1970 and Order of the Coif from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1973. After serving as a law clerk to a federal appellate judge, he practiced in the areas of employment and commercial litigation. Judge Webb has served on the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committees on Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Professional Conduct, the Judicial Ethics Advisory Board, and the Colorado Lawyer Board of Editors. While Judge Webb limits his involvement in civic and community activities, he is a frequent lecturer and contributor to continuing legal education programs on appellate practice and ethics, and has authored numerous articles on legal issues.
Attorneys responding to survey questions indicate that Judge Webb’s performance is comparable to other Court of Appeals judges standing for retention in the areas of being courteous, fair, and impartial; in writing reasoned decisions that are clear and based on the law and facts; and issuing opinions in a timely manner. Attorneys found Judge Webb’s performance to be strong in being prepared for oral argument, but somewhat weaker in refraining from reaching issues that need not be decided. Numerous attorneys commented that Judge Webb is intelligent, that his opinions are clear and comprehensive, and that he works hard to issue timely opinions. The Commission found Judge Webb to be well prepared for oral argument and to be courteous and respectful to the attorneys appearing before the court. Responses of district judges and other appellate judges indicate that Judge Webb’s performance is generally comparable to that of other judges standing for retention, although somewhat weaker in the areas of making reasoned decisions based upon the law and facts and refraining from issues that need not be decided. The Commission reviewed a number of opinions written by Judge Webb and found them to be thorough, well reasoned, and respectful of Supreme Court precedent and statutory enactments.
Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 76% recommended to retain, 17% not to retain, and 8% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation. Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 82% recommended to retain and 18% not to retain. Of all judges surveyed, 76% recommended to retain, 5% not to retain, and 18% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation. Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 94% recommended to retain and 7% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)