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Second Judicial District - Denver County Judge

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Honorable Alfred Harrell

Retention year: 2012
Recommendation: Retain

The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Alfred Harrell BE RETAINED.

Judge Harrell was appointed to the Denver County Court in November 1985.  Prior to his appointment to the bench he was an attorney in private practice.  Judge Harrell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 1966, and his law degree from the University of Denver School of Law in 1971.  Judge Harrell believes that community involvement is a vital and necessary function of a judge’s position in the community, and he leads by example.  Judge Harrell is an active member of many of the bar associations,  a member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy,  mentors young lawyers and law students, and recently served on the Board of Directors of the Dumb Friends League.   Judge Harrell is currently assigned to the criminal division of the Denver County Court.     

The Commission reviewed survey results of attorneys and non-attorneys who have appeared in his courtroom, conducted a personal interview with the judge, reviewed the submission of two written opinions and a hearing transcript, which included an oral ruling, and selected members of the Commission observed Judge Harrell in court.   Judge Harrell received an overall combined average rating which exceeded the average combined rating of all county judges standing for retention.  Judge Harrell received high marks in case management, application and knowledge of the law, communications, and demeanor from attorneys and non-attorneys. Many of the respondents noted in their written comments that Judge Harrell brings dignity to the court proceedings, is caring of all participants, and he is praised for his fairness.

Members of the Commission reviewed survey results from attorneys and non-attorneys.  Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 82% recommended to retain, 12% not to retain, and 6% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation.  Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 87% recommended to retain and 13% not to retain.  Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 94% recommended to retain, 1% not to retain, and 4% were undecided or did not have enough information to make a recommendation. Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 98% recommended to retain and 1% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)