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Eighteenth Judicial District - District Judge


Reports:
2012 Retention Survey Report
2011 Interim Survey Report
2009 Interim Survey Report

Honorable Marilyn Leonard Antrim

Retention year: 2012
Recommendation: Retain

The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Marilyn Leonard Antrim BE RETAINED.  The vote was not unanimous.  Eight members voted to retain and two members voted not to retain.

Judge Antrim served as a District Court Magistrate in Jefferson County from 1996 until her appointment to the Eighteenth Judicial District bench in March of 2003.  Prior to her service as a magistrate, she was an associate with a Denver law firm.  She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1989 from the University of Denver School of Law.  She graduated cum laude from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas in 1972 with a degree in secondary education.  Serving as a District Judge in Arapahoe County, her docket is currently a mixed civil and criminal docket.  She also assists other judges as needed in domestic matters and in other cases.

The Commission conducted extensive research for this recommendation, including surveys of participants in her courtroom, interviews with persons that work in or have matters before her court, personal observations by Commissioners in her courtroom, a review of the judge’s self-evaluation, a review of a selection of her written decisions, and interviews with the judge. In her last retention evaluation in 2006, Judge Antrim received a unanimous recommendation from the Commission that the judge be retained.  This year’s recommendation shows a lower level of confidence in Judge Antrim’s performance on the bench, although her case management scores were higher than the average of all district judges standing for retention.  The lower level of confidence of her work on the bench comes from the judge’s handling of victims’ rights issues, a perception of bias in favor of the prosecution, her demeanor on the bench, and from the fact that 22% of the attorneys surveyed did not recommend that this judge be retained.  To address these issues, the judge has taken courses, retained a coach, and keeps a copy of the Victim Bill of Rights statute open on the bench.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 71% recommended to retain, 19% 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, 78% recommended to retain and 22% not to retain.  Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 90% recommended to retain, 6% not to retain, and 4% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation.  Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 93% recommended to retain and 6% recommended not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)  The Commission as a whole has concluded that Judge Antrim is a good judge and, with attention to the areas of concern addressed above, will continue to serve the Eighteenth Judicial District with a high level of performance.