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Bosa, Gordon 2002 Evaluation


Twelfth Judicial District - Conejos County Court Judge

Honorable Gordon J. Bosa 

Retention Year: 2002
Recommendation: Retain

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

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Bosa completed by individuals appearing in his courtroom, reviewed Judge Bosa’s written self-evaluation, held a public hearing in Conejos County and conducted a personal interview with Judge Bosa.

Judge Bosa was appointed to the Conejos County Court bench in September of 1980. Before taking the bench Judge Bosa served as Deputy District Attorney for the Twelfth Judicial District. Judge Bosa practices in Alamosa in addition to fulfilling his part-time position as county judge. Judge Bosa received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University and his law degree from Ohio State University. Approximately 60% of Judge Bosa’s caseload is devoted to criminal traffic offenses and infractions, and the remainder devoted equally among civil and other misdemeanor and felony cases.

Judge Bosa received consistent marks from both attorneys and non-attorneys. He received higher marks than the state average for county court judges in the areas of emergency access to the courts and effective management of court time and dockets. Attorneys gave Judge Bosa high marks for being prepared on all court matters. Of the attorneys responding to the survey, 85% recommend retention and 15% recommended non-retention. Sixty-five percent of the non-attorneys recommended retention, 19% recommended non-retention and 17% had no opinion.

Judge Bosa is very much aware of issues surrounding rulings issued by the court, including their ramifications on the individual, his or her family and the surrounding community. The Commission was impressed with Judge Bosa’s efforts, when issuing sentences, to balance the traditional functions of sentencing and the need for consistent penalties with the needs
of the best interests of the individual, his or her family and the community. Judge Bosa takes a very pragmatic approach to his duties that well serves a predominantly rural area. Individuals sentenced by Judge Bosa have the highest rate of compliance with court-ordered programs, such as alcohol and domestic violence. Judge Bosa substitutes for county judges throughout the Twelfth Judicial District as needed, and acts as district judge when requested by the chief judge.