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Bailin, Roxanne 2002 Evaluation


Twentieth Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable Roxanne Bailin 

Retention Year: 2002
Recommendation: Retain

The Twentieth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Roxanne Bailin BE RETAINED.

The Commission conducted public hearings, observed courtroom conduct, interviewed the judges, reviewed surveys, received public comments and reviewed the judge’s self-evaluation in making this recommendation.

Judge Bailin was first appointed to the bench in Boulder County in January 1983. She is currently the Chief Judge of the Twentieth Judicial District, having served in this capacity for four years. Prior to serving on the bench she was the Director of the Legal Aid and Defender Program at the University of Colorado School of Law. Previously, she was a staff attorney for Colorado Rural Legal Services.

Judge Bailin received high approval ratings from attorney and non-attorney respondents to surveys. Attorneys recommended Judge Bailin’s retention by 87% with 9% recommending non-retention. Non-attorneys recommended retention at 91% with only 4% recommending non-retention. Survey respondents gave her high approval on treating parties equally regardless of race, age and social/economic status.

Survey results and comments indicate that some attorneys perceive Judge Bailin as exhibiting judicial bias and preference based upon gender. Non-attorney respondents did not express this concern. Based on all the evidence considered, the Commission believes the perception of gender bias is not accurate.

As Chief Judge, she has appropriately devoted a great deal of time in working with community organizations and has facilitated the development of programs that provide
community resources and improve the function and relevance of the judicial system in the Boulder community.