Seventeenth Judicial District - Adams County Court Judge
Honorable Robert S. Doyle
Retention Year: 2010
The Seventeenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Robert S. Doyle BE RETAINED.
Judge Doyle received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1973. He graduated from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1980. As a judge, he has been actively serving the local community by participating in and contributing to many charitable causes, fundraisers and events. Judge Doyle was appointed to the Adams County Court in June, 2004 and had previously served as a Magistrate for four years and Deputy District Attorney for over 19 years.
The Commission conducted extensive research in making this recommendation. Anonymous public and attorney surveys were obtained concerning his performance ranging over a broad area of concerns from demeanor to legal competence. The Commission conducted an extensive interview with Judge Doyle, considered a written self review, read a number of decisions rendered by Judge Doyle, reviewed case processing statistics for workload and timeliness, and conducted several personal observations of the judge working in his courtroom. The Commission found Judge Doyle to be in control in the courtroom, manages his docket in an efficient manner, makes rulings based on the merits of the case at hand and applies the law fairly and consistently. The Commission determined through Judge Doyle’s self-evaluation and interview that he is open to constructive criticism, strives to improve himself in any areas of weakness and appropriately seeks knowledge and information about areas of the law as needed.
Statistically, non-attorneys graded Judge Doyle significantly higher than the average grade of all county judges, and attorneys graded Judge Doyle virtually even with the overall average of all county judges. Judge Doyle received above average ratings from non-
attorneys for every one of the twenty-four attributes considered in surveys, including overall demeanor, overall fairness, overall communications, overall diligence and overall legal ability. Attorneys indicate best attributes as willing to reconsider error in fact or law and conducting his courtroom in a neutral manner. Attorneys also indicate needs as setting reasonable schedules for cases as well as issuing consistent sentences when circumstances are similar. Statistically, non-attorneys indicate best attributes as treating those involved in the case without bias, and being able to identify and analyze relevant facts. The Commission did not find any areas of poor performance.
Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 72% recommended to retain, 26% not to retain and 2% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 73% recommended to retain and 27% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed about retention, 91% recommended to retain, 3% not to retain and 6% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 97% recommended to retain and 3% not to retain. It is the Commission’s unanimous recommendation to retain Judge Robert S. Doyle.