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Brinkley, Stanley 2010 Evaluation


Fifteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge 

Honorable Stanley A. Brinkley

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain

The Fifteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance for recommends that Chief Judge Stanley A. Brinkley BE RETAINED by a vote of 9 to 0, with one recusal due to absence from Judge Brinkley’s interview.

Judge Stanley A. Brinkley was born in Lamar, and had a private law practice there after graduating from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1976. He was appointed to the bench in October of 2001. Judge Brinkley is active in his church and other community groups, such as serving on the Board of Directors for the Lamar Community College Sports Booster Club.

Judge Brinkley’s scores from those attorneys who completed an assessment form were almost uniformly above the average for all judges. His average overall scores from non-attorneys were 3.54, only 0.10 below the average given all district judges from that group of survey respondents.

During his interview with the Commission, Judge Brinkley stated, “People expect a judge to decide in a way that makes sense.” This is a good summation of how he attempts to interact with the public when they have dealings with his court. Many survey respondents commented on his efforts to be patient and fair. In his self-evaluation he said, “I believe if litigants and counsel are treated in a courteous manner, they will come away believing that they were fairly and equally treated.” Judge Brinkley took the bench at a time of heightened concern about security in public buildings. He noted that rural courts did not have the same level of security as those in larger cities and helped write legislation to correct this problem. He has served as Chairman of the Colorado Court Security Commission since its inception in 2006.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 91% recommended to retain, 10% not to retain, and 0% expressed no opinion. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 84% recommended to retain, 9% not to retain, and 7% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 91% recommended to retain and 9% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)