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Bayless, H. Jeffrey 1990 Evaluation


Second Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable H. Jeffrey Bayless

Retention Year: 1990
Recommendation: Retain


Judicial Performance Commission’s recommendation: Should Be Retained.

Judge Bayless graduated from Cornell College in 1967 and received a law degree (cum laude) from the University of Denver in 1971.

Prior to his appointment to the court, Bayless served six years in the Army Reserve. From 1971 to 1973, he was a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Sherman G. Finesilver. From 1973 through 1979, Bayless was a deputy district attorney for the Denver District Attorney. He then went into private practice for approximately three years before coming back to the district attorney’s office in 1982 where he stayed until 1987.

On Jan. 13, 1987, Harold Jeffrey Bayless was named to the Denver District Court. Since his appointment, Bayless has been in the civil and domestic relations divisions and currently is in the criminal division.

Bayless enjoys his role as judge and states it is “a job worth doing” and believes one of his strengths is not being “afraid to make a decision.”

The questionnaire responses received by the commission give Bayless excellent reviews. He is among the highest rated in every category.