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Fourth Judicial District - El Paso County Judge

2012 Retention Survey Report
2011 Interim Survey Report
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Honorable Marla Prudek

Retention year: 2012
Recommendation: Retain

The Fourth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance, with a unanimous vote of 9-0, recommends that Judge Marla Prudek BE RETAINED.  One commissioner was absent.

Judge Prudek obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Carroll College in 1982 and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1985. Prior to being appointed as an El Paso County Judge, Judge Prudek was a partner at Gentry and Prudek, LLP, a position she held since January 2005. Her areas of practice were criminal defense with an emphasis in sexual offenses, child abuse, domestic violence, and homicide. From 1987 to 1989 Judge Prudek served as the Deputy District Attorney for El Paso County. Additional experience includes holding the position of Assistant Attorney General in the state of Washington from 1986 to 1987.  Community service activities include volunteering as a judge for a mock trial competitions and Teen Court, assisting in AA programs, participating in local bar auxiliary judicial functions, and participating in charity walks for Habitat for Humanity and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Judge Prudek is quoted as saying “I think community service is an excellent way to encourage public confidence in the judicial system.”

Judge Prudek was appointed to El Paso County Court in 2009. Her docket consists of 34% misdemeanor, 55% traffic, 8% civil, 1% criminal, 1% small claims, and 1% domestic relations.  Judge Prudek has acknowledged because she’s new to the bench she has a lot to learn.  It is expected her performance, which is already strong, will improve as she gains more experience on the bench. Overall Judge Prudek’s average grade on a 4-point scale is a 3.36. The areas used to calculate the overall average came from case management, application and knowledge of law, communications, demeanor, and lastly diligence.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 84% recommended to retain, 9% 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, 90% recommended to retain and 10% not to retain.   Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 86% recommended to retain, 4% not to retain, and 11% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation. Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 96% recommended to retain and 5% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)