Second Judicial District - Denver County Court Judge
Honorable Doris E. Burd
Retention Year: 2016
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously (10-0) recommends that Judge Doris E. Burd BE RETAINED.
Judge Burd was appointed to the Denver County Court in January 1989. Prior to her appointment, Judge Burd practiced for two years with the Legal Aid Society and then engaged in private practice in Denver, specializing in family, juvenile, child custody, probate, and some criminal law. Judge Burd received her law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1975. She has also served in traffic court, civil court, state criminal court, municipal criminal court, and protective orders court during the last twenty-three years. She currently hears civil cases.
The Commission reviewed survey results and comments from prosecuting and defense attorneys, as well as non-attorneys including jurors, probation officers, law enforcement officers, witnesses, and defendants who appeared before Judge Burd. The Commission also reviewed Judge Burd’s self-evaluation, conducted a personal interview of her, and some members of the Commission observed her in court. Of the 45 attorneys completing surveys, 93% recommended to retain and 7% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation. Of the 76 non-attorneys completing surveys, 92% recommended to retain, 5% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation and only 3% recommended not to retain.
Judge Burd’s ratings by both attorneys and non-attorneys are significantly higher than the average ratings of all other county judges standing for retention for case management, knowledge of the law, communication, courtroom demeanor, and diligence. Judge Burd’s peers have described her as “an example for all judges.” She is described as polite, courteous to attorneys and non-attorneys, patient, and as having exceptional judicial demeanor. Judge Burd is also described as unbiased and able to explain complicated legal issues to those in her courtroom. Judge Burd also demonstrates a strong commitment to community service.