Seventeenth Judicial District - Adams County Court Judge
Honorable Michael A. Cox
Retention Year: 2006
The Seventeenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Michael A. Cox BE RETAINED.
Judge Cox was appointed to the Adams County Court bench on January 31, 1995. He has been the presiding County Court Judge since 1995, presiding over traffic, misdemeanors, civil restraining orders and felony preliminary hearings. Prior to his appointment, Judge Cox was engaged in private practice.
Judge Cox strives to run an efficient courtroom, and is very conscious of the importance of time to both litigants and attorneys. His overriding philosophy is to treat people that come before him the way that he would want to be treated. He also exerts great effort to be approachable, accessible and responsive. Judge Cox is involved in a great number of volunteer activities in the community, as he values his duty as a citizen and judicial officer, to give back to his community.
The commission reviewed evaluations of Judge Cox received from a survey of both attorneys and non-attorneys who have been in the Judge’s courtroom. The commission considered statistical responses as well as comments addressing Judge Cox’s strengths and weaknesses, temperament, knowledge of the law, courtesy, impartiality, and retention recommendations. The commission also conducted a personal interview with Judge Cox.
Judge Cox received high marks in most categories, particularly in the areas of keeping cases moving according to schedule, treating those involved in the case without bias, and providing opportunities to be heard.
Of the attorneys responding to the survey, 97% of the attorneys recommended that he be retained in office and 3% recommended non-retention. Of the Non-attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 98% recommended retention and 2% recommended that he not be retained.