Demlow, James 2004 Evaluation


First Judicial District - Jefferson County Court Judge

Honorable James C. Demlow 

Retention Year: 2004
Recommendation: Retain

The First Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance by a vote of nine in favor with one ineligible recommends that Judge James C. Demlow BE RETAINED.

Judge Demlow was appointed to the County Court bench in Jefferson County on April 28, 1982. He served as a District Court magistrate and a Morrison Municipal court judge from 1978 to 1982. Judge Demlow's legal experience also includes private practice and serving Jefferson County as an Assistant County Attorney. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Denver in 1973.
The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Demlow from attorneys and non-attorneys. The Commission also considered a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Demlow, and personally interviewed him as part of the evaluation process.

Judge Demlow has been active in his community. In 2003 he was Chairman of the Optimist Club Christmas Crusade for Kids with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and KYGO radio station. He has also been active in the legal community. He has served on the Bench-Bar Committee, the Criminal Bond Committee, and the Executive Jefferson County Criminal Justice Committee. Judge Demlow has also served as president of the Colorado County Judges Association, and the Colorado Trial Judges Council.

Judge Demlow prefers a general county court docket without specialization. His docket includes issuing restraining orders and handling criminal, civil, and traffic cases. His goals are to evaluate each case on its own merits and to give every person the opportunity to be heard without losing control of the courtroom.

Judge Demlow received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in the areas of judicial demeanor and communication. Of the attorneys who responded to the survey, 100% recommended that Judge Demlow be retained in office. Of the non-attorneys, 78% recommended that he be retained, 10% recommended that he not be retained and 12% were undecided.