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Anderson III, John 1990 Evaluation


Eleventh Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable John Edward Anderson III 

Retention Year: 1990
Recommendation: Retain


Judicial Performance Commission’s recommendation: Should Be Retained.

Judge Anderson was admitted to the bar in Texas in 1968 and Colorado in 1969. He served in the Army from 1963 to 1965, was a staff attorney for the Interstate Commerce Commission from 1968 to 1970, served in private practice in Cañon City from 1970 to 1977, was district attorney from 1977 to 1981 when he was appointed to the district bench.

Anderson presides over felonies, juvenile proceedings, large civil disputes, divorces, probate cases, child custody matters, mental health inquiries and appeals from county court cases. He substitutes as a water judge in Water Division No. 2.

All of the groups surveyed rated Anderson substantially above average on questions dealing with his integrity, equal treatment of parties and litigants, fairness, sense of justice, legal reasoning and ability, his knowledge of the law and decision making. He is viewed as being a hard working judge who is courteous and in strict control of his courtroom. Some parties viewed him as being less than lenient in his sentencing practices on criminal cases, but still expressed strong support for his retention in office.