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Bosa, Gordon 1998 Evaluation


Twelfth Judicial District - Conejos County Court Judge

Honorable Gordon J. Bosa

Retention Year: 1998
Recommendation: Retain


The Twelfth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Gordon J. Bosa BE RETAINED.

Judge Bosa, who resides in Sanford, Colorado, was appointed as Conejos County Judge in September 1980. He graduated from Ohio University in 1975 with a major in communications. He graduated from Ohio State University Law School in 1978 and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in September 1978. As a county judge, he handles traffic, misdemeanor, criminal, civil cases under $10,000, small claims and temporary restraining orders.

Judge Bosa strongly believes in the Canons of Judicial Conduct and feels that if the Canons cannot be followed, a judge is not being true to the people and the country he represents. He feels that it is very important to know the people who reside in the county and to know their circumstances. Judge Bosa notes that some of his best qualities are his patience on the bench and knowledge of the law.

In court, Judge Bosa tries to accommodate both sides fairly and will explain to the losing party the reason for his decision. He will give ample time to parties to pay fines, but expects that they follow the established timetable.

The great majority of all groups surveyed (court personnel, law enforcement, jurors, and attorneys) returned favorable questionnaires. As to survey comments questioning his judicial temperament and courtesy, Judge Bosa acknowledges that he intentionally expresses anger toward parties who have not complied with the court's directives.