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Bowen, Brian 2014 Evaluation


Seventeenth Judicial District - Adams County Court Judge

Honorable Brian Nathaniel Bowen

Retention Year: 2014
Recommendation: Retain


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The Seventeenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Brian Nathaniel Bowen BE RETAINED.

Judge Bowen, an Adams County Court Judge in the Seventeenth Judicial District, was appointed to the County Court bench in 2011. Prior to his appointment he was engaged in the private practice of law from 1987 until 2003 and served as a Magistrate for the Seventeenth Judicial District from 2003 until his appointment. Judge Bowen graduated in 1981 from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1986 from Southwestern University College of Law in Los Angeles, California.  Judge Bowen’s case load presently consists of 32% criminal, 28% misdemeanor and 40% traffic.

In arriving at their recommendation, Commission members interviewed Judge Bowen after reviewing survey results provided by lawyers, parties, and other individuals who appeared in front of Judge Bowen or otherwise observed him in court.  The Commission members also reviewed Judge Bowen’s self-evaluation, observed him in court, and reviewed a number of decisions rendered by the judge.  During this election cycle, Judge Bowen’s survey results from attorneys and non-attorneys revealed his ratings were slightly below the statewide average among all county judges standing for retention.  Of attorneys responding to the survey, 65% recommended to retain, 15% not to retain, and 19% made no recommendation regarding retention. Of non-attorneys responding to the survey, 89% recommended to retain, 6% not to retain, and 5% made no recommendation regarding retention.  (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding).

The Commission believes that Judge Bowen is an asset to the bench.  He keeps up to date on the law and applies it fairly and appropriately.   He has a high regard for his position and for those who appear in front of him.  He has been instrumental in the Adams County Access to Justice Program and the implementation of the Adams County Court for Veterans.  Judge Bowen continually seeks ways in which to serve the community and to grow as a judge.  Based on its review, the Commission unanimously recommends that Judge Brian Nathaniel Bowen BE RETAINED.