Second Judicial District - Denver County JudgeRetention year: 2012
2012 Retention Survey Report
2011 Interim Survey Report
2009 Interim Survey Report
Honorable Claudia Jean Jordan
The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Claudia Jean Jordan BE RETAINED in an 8-2 vote.
Judge Jordan graduated from the University of North Carolina and the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to her appointment to the Denver County Court in 1994, she was a trial attorney in the Colorado Public Defenders’ Office for five years and in private practice for seven years.
The Commission interviewed Judge Jordan, reviewed her self-evaluation, three written orders, and survey results from attorneys and non-attorneys. Non-attorneys rated Judge Jordan highly in all categories, especially maintaining control of her courtroom, giving participants an opportunity to be heard, and treating parties fairly and without bias. Judge Jordan’s written orders are clear, complete, and concise. Judge Jordan’s ratings from attorneys were below the average of ratings of other county judges standing for retention, except for overall case management. Of the 165 attorneys who returned surveys over the last four years, 63 had negative comments particularly about her demeanor while 52 were highly complimentary. Judge Jordan agreed that she would address the negative comments and limit sarcasm when parties are unprepared. Two commissioners remained concerned about her willingness to address the criticisms.
Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 62% recommended to retain, 29% not to retain, and 9% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation. Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 68% recommended to retain and 32% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 90% recommended to retain, 2% 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, 98% recommended to retain and 3% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)