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Epstein, Scott 2002 Evaluation


Tenth Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable Scott B. Epstein 

Retention Year: 2002
Recommendation: Retain

The Tenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Scott B. Epstein BE RETAINED.

Judge Epstein was appointed to the Tenth Judicial District Court bench on March 7, 2000. Prior to his appointment, Judge Epstein practiced with the Pueblo District Attorney’s Office for 22 years as a Deputy District Attorney and as Chief Deputy District Attorney, specializing in criminal law.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Epstein was active in numerous community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club and the First Presbyterian Church of Pueblo. Judge Epstein has continued his involvement in community non-profit organizations and has volunteered for other efforts as well.

The Commission was very impressed with Judge Epstein, most notably with the highly complimentary comments received from every agency and individual interviewed. He is described as fair, thoughtful, reasonable, conceptual and analytical; has a good mind; is organized and efficient; and has professional demeanor with attorneys and pro se parties alike. Judge Epstein holds himself to a very high standard of legal ability and integrity and notes that he is dedicated to being "an advocate for impartiality in appearance and in action." With two years experience, Judge Epstein admits the civil law aspect of the bench is his greatest challenge. He continues to dedicate all efforts necessary to learn the law, seek guidance from available judicial resources and strives to apply the law with competence. Based on the attorney, non-attorney and agency responses and Judge Epstein’s self-evaluation, his steadfast dedication to this position and public service is constantly evident.

Attorney questionnaires received by the Commission rate Judge Epstein high overall, especially in the areas of courtesy to pro se parties, equal treatment of all persons, punctuality and courtroom demeanor. Of the attorney responses received, 89% voted to retain Judge Epstein and 4% voted not to retain. Of the non-attorney responses received, 96% voted to retain and 1% voted not to retain.