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Bayless, H. Jeffrey 2002 Evaluation


Second Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable H. Jeffrey Bayless

Retention Year: 2002
Recommendation: Retain

The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge H. Jeffrey Bayless BE RETAINED.

Judge Bayless was appointed to the Denver District Court bench in September 1986. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Chief Deputy District Attorney in Denver and worked in private practice specializing in international law. Judge Bayless received his undergraduate degree from Cornell College of Iowa and his law degree from the University of Denver. He currently presides in civil court, but has also presided in criminal and domestic relations court during his tenure on the bench.

In addition to teaching and speaking to numerous groups that come to the court, Judge Bayless trains dogs to be service/assistance dogs for the physically handicapped. He and his wife are now training their seventh dog. Their most recently trained dog was placed with a 13 year-old girl who is wheelchair bound because of cerebral palsy. During Judge Bayless’ interview with the Commission, he took great pleasure in describing how this dog has positively changed this girl’s life.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Bayless from attorneys and non-attorneys, which included written comments. The Commission also considered a self-evaluation prepared by Judge Bayless and conducted a personal interview with him.

Judge Bayless is a well-respected and highly regarded jurist. He has maintained this standing with the people who appear in his courtroom. One hundred percent of the attorneys surveyed recommended his retention. Of the non-attorneys, 90% recommended retention, 5% recommended non-retention and 5% expressed no opinion.