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Fifth Judicial District - Summit County Judge

2012 Retention Survey Report
2011 Interim Survey Report
2009 Interim Survey Report
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Honorable Edward Jude Casias

Retention year: 2012
Recommendation: Retain

The Fifth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Edward Jude Casias BE RETAINED, with one member absent.

Judge Casias was appointed to the Summit County Court in September, 2000.  A fifth generation Colorado native, Judge Casias received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College before receiving his law degree from the Ohio State College of Law.  His legal career quickly turned to prosecution and public service as Judge Casias began working as a Deputy District Attorney in the Fourth and Ninth Judicial Districts, and finally as the Assistant District Attorney in the Fifth Judicial District in Summit County before being appointed to the bench.  Judge Casias is exceptionally active in the community, volunteering his time with the Summit Foundation, the Community Care Clinic, Mountain Mentors, Optimists Club, and as a coach and instructor for a number of athletic and academic activities benefiting local children.  Judge Casias also enjoys running marathons and dedicates his participation for the benefit of cancer research. 

Judge Casias is highly valued by both attorneys and non-attorneys for his performance on the bench, uniformly receiving higher than average ratings for other county judges standing for retention across the state.  He is perceived as being patient, compassionate, and caring, and treats parties with dignity and concern for the circumstances that have brought them to appear before him.  In addition to handling traffic and misdemeanor cases and some civil matters, Judge Casias has recently undertaken accepting pleas and sentencing in some felony cases.  In the near future, Judge Casias is also looking to implement a DUI court in which he hopes to better assist repeat offenders address their treatment needs and issues in the community, while still protecting the community at large.  Judge Casias recognizes areas for improvement and demonstrates a willingness to educate himself further on his treatment of victims and their unique roles in the criminal justice system.  Overall, he received high survey marks and favorable comments, reflective of how valued he is by the members of the community appearing before him.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 90% recommended to retain, 7% not to retain, and 3% were undecided or didn't have enough information to make a recommendation.  Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 92% recommended to retain and 8% not to retain.  Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 89% recommended to retain, 3% not to retain, and 7% were undecided or didn't have enough information to make a recommendation.  Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 97% recommended to retain and 3% not to retain.  (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)