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Enichen, Carolyn 2006 Evaluation


Twentieth Judicial District - Boulder County Court Judge

Honorable Carolyn Hoye Enichen

Retention Year: 2006
Recommendation: Retain

The Twentieth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Carolyn Hoye Enichen BE RETAINED. This recommendation is based on surveys of lawyers, litigants, witnesses and others appearing before Judge Enichen, courtroom observations of the Judge, public input, Judge Enichen’s self-evaluation, and a personal interview of the Judge.

Judge Enichen was appointed to the Boulder County Court in 1995, after one year as a Boulder County Court Magistrate, and 7 years as a Deputy District Attorney in Boulder County. She is a 1984 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. Judge Enichen presides over a high volume of misdemeanor and traffic cases, as well as certain preliminary matters in felony cases. She also handles civil cases where the dollar amount contested is less than $15,000. She has, on occasion, been appointed as an Acting District Court Judge and presided over felony trials.

Courtroom observation of Judge Enichen revealed her to be personable and professional with both attorneys and non-attorneys. Statistics supplied by the Judicial Department indicate that Judge Enichen handles her caseload efficiently, and has met or exceeded expectations in making sure cases in her division move through the system in timely fashion. However, the survey results in this category indicated some concern with promptness and efficiency. Judge Enichen is addressing this aspect of her performance in an appropriate fashion, and the Commission does not feel this issue is a significant problem.

The interview of Judge Enichen revealed her to be a considerate and serious person, who puts a great deal of thought and effort into trying to make correct decisions and to improve as a judge. She sees her primary duty as enforcing the law fairly and consistently, while still giving each individual who appears before her individualized treatment.

Survey results strongly support the retention of Judge Enichen, with 86% of the lawyers and 82% of the non-lawyers “strongly” or “somewhat” recommending that Judge Enichen be retained in office.