Burd, Doris 2004 Evaluation


Second Judicial District - Denver County Court Judge

Honorable Doris E. Burd

Retention Year: 2004
Recommendation: Retain

The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Doris E. Burd BE RETAINED.

Judge Burd was appointed to the Denver County Court bench in January 1989. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Burd practiced for two years with the Legal Aid Society, and was in private practice in Denver, specializing in family, juvenile, child custody, probate and criminal law. Judge Burd received her law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1975. Judge Burd presently is in the traffic division of County Court. She has also served in felony preliminary hearings court, civil court, state criminal court, municipal criminal court and protective orders court during the last 15 years.

Judge Burd participated in the establishment of the Denver Courthouse Child Day Care Center and was awarded the Judicial Excellence Award from the Denver Bar Association in 1996. Over the years she has been an active member of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council, and has volunteered at several schools where she has spoken to students about the judiciary and has worked on various projects. She continues to be actively involved in community service as chair of the Denver County Court Resource Committee, which oversees the allocation of resources in the court itself. Judge Burd seeks to render careful decisions regardless of public appeal or clamor, and has striven to achieve the highest judicial standards throughout her tenure on the bench.

The Commission reviewed and considered the statistical data from evaluations submitted by attorneys and non-attorneys, including written comments attached to the questionnaires. The commission also considered a self-evaluation submitted by Judge Burd and interviewed Judge Burd personally.

Judge Burd received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in virtually every category. When comparing Judge Burd's performance to all County Court Judges and all trial judges, Judge Burd's scores from both attorneys and non-attorneys were statistically higher in all categories. Of the attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 100% recommended that Judge Burd be retained in office. Of the non-attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 96% recommended retention.