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Sixth Judicial District - San Juan County Judge

2020 Retention Survey Report
2019 Interim Survey Report

Honorable Anthony Douglas Edwards

Retention year: 2020
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard

The Sixth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously (10-0) agrees that Judge Anthony Douglas Edwards MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.

Judge Edwards presides over misdemeanor criminal, traffic, and some civil cases in his courtroom located in Silverton.  Judge Edwards was described as the type of Judge that young lawyers’ picture as a Judge.  Additionally, several litigants commended Judge Edwards for recognizing the difficulty of personally appearing in Silverton, and for being accommodating with telephonic appearances. He demonstrates a commitment to improving his knowledge by use of the resources and research tools provided to him by the Colorado Judicial Branch.  The Commission agrees with others’ observations that Judge Edwards is personable, eager to learn, and does not hesitate to seek advice from other judges.  The Commission is impressed by Judge Edwards’ use of all resources available to him and that he has proven to be a very good County Court Judge serving well the needs of San Juan County and Colorado.

Commission members observed Judge Edwards in court, reviewed decisions he authored, reviewed his self-evaluation, met with representatives from the Public Defender’s and District Attorney’s Offices, and conducted a personal interview with Judge Edwards.  The Commission also reviewed a small number of comments from the public and the survey responses from people who appeared in his court.  Due to his relatively small docket at this part-time rural judgeship, there were only three completed surveys from attorneys and two completed surveys from non-attorneys.  In response to the survey question “Does Judge Edwards meet performance standards”, all five respondents indicated Judge Edwards meets those standards.  In the interim review conducted by the Commission in 2019, Judge Edwards received the same unanimous response.  Judge Edwards received an overall combined average rating in the survey results (3.5 out of 4.0) that was above the average combined rating of all County Judges across the state (3.4 out of 4.0).

Judge Edwards was appointed to the County Court for the Sixth Judicial District (San Juan County) in July, 2014.  He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Capella University in 2002, a Master of Water Resources Degree from the University of New Mexico in 2007, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico in 2009.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1990-1994.  He has worked as an Environmental Scientist and Economic Development Coordinator and served as the Owner’s Representative for the San Juan County School District’s rehabilitation and renovation of the Silverton School.  He has been in private practice since May 2010, and presently maintains his part-time civil law practice in Silverton.  He also serves as the Town of Silverton Municipal Judge.