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Eighth Judicial District - Larimer County Judge

2012 Retention Survey Report
2011 Interim Survey Report
2009 Interim Survey Report

Honorable Christine A. Carney

Retention year: 2012
Recommendation: Retain

The Eighth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends by a vote of 10-0 that Judge Christine A. Carney BE RETAINED.
Judge Carney was appointed to the Larimer County Court in 1998, after having practiced law for approximately 17 years.  Her cases consist of civil matters with a jurisdictional limit of $15,000 and criminal cases comprised of misdemeanor and traffic offenses.  Judge Carney received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado.  She is currently the presiding County Court Judge for Larimer County.  Since her previous judicial performance evaluation Judge Carney received the 2011 Conrad Ball Award for her contributions toward improving the quality of justice in Larimer County.  In addition, for her outstanding service on the bench Judge Carney received the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Judicial Excellence Award on November 20, 2011.

The Commission reviewed evaluation survey results, letters submitted by individuals, and the judge’s self-evaluation and written opinions; performed courtroom observations; interviewed representatives of the District Attorney and Public Defender Offices; and conducted an interview with Judge Carney.  Judge Carney’s performance over the past term has been excellent and she is rated above the average in all areas for all county judges standing for retention. Attorneys surveyed comment on her fairness, knowledge of the law, efficiency, and preparation. Both attorneys and non-attorneys surveyed cite the fact that she treats those in her court with dignity and courtesy. Although the county court docket is laden with cases, there are numerous comments that speak to Judge Carney’s ability to move the proceedings without compromising the opportunity for individuals to be heard. Both the District Attorney and Public Defender often assign new attorneys to her courtroom because of her willingness to mentor and provide a supportive learning environment.  Judge Carney indicates this is an assignment she takes pride in having. There were very few weaknesses identified.  One, which Judge Carney acknowledged and is addressing, involves a slight tendency toward impatience; but even those who identified this weakness considered it to be minimal. Overall comments on the surveys reflect an excellent judge who is a credit to the bench and definitely worthy of retention.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 96% recommended to retain, 2% not to retain, and 2% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation.  Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 98% recommended to retain and 2% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 86% recommended to retain, 4% not to retain, and 10% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation. Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 95% recommended to retain and 5% not to retain.