Seventh Judicial District - Gunnison County Court Judge
Honorable Ben F. Eden
Retention Year: 2004
The Seventh Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Ben F. Eden BE RETAINED. Of the 9-member Commission, 8 were eligible to vote; all 8 voted in favor to recommend retention.
Judge Eden is a 1986 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. He spent approximately two years in private practice and eight years as a deputy district attorney before being appointed to the County Court bench in April 1997. Judge Eden's position is defined by the state as a part-time appointment (85% FTE). Judge Eden, aside from his work on the bench, periodically speaks in area schools on legal matters.
Judge Eden's case load consists of 15% civil and 85% criminal. Ninety-five percent of attorneys responding to the evaluation recommended that Judge Eden be retained in office, 5% recommended that he not be retained. Of the non-attorneys 79% recommended retention, 21% recommended non-retention.
The Commission observed Judge Eden to be punctual, mannerly and attentive to the participants in his courtroom. Judge Eden manages his docket in a efficient manner, makes his rulings based on merits of the case at hand and applies the law fairly. Judge Eden displays a strong work ethic and intent to be a good judge. He acknowledges that there are occasional complex cases that require him to issue more timely decisions. He recognizes his need and seeks to improve his ability to communicate with non-lawyer participants in judicial proceedings.
Based on information obtained through public hearings, interviews with attorneys and non-attorneys and a personal interview, the Commission found Judge Eden to be a very competent judge. He is willing and able to address any shortcomings in his performance.
The Seventh Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Ben F. Eden be retained.