Second Judicial District - Denver County Judge
Honorable Beth Ann Faragher
Retention Year: 2020
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance, on a vote of 10-0, unanimously finds that Judge Beth Ann Faragher MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.
The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Faragher, reviewed survey results of attorneys and non-attorneys who have appeared in Judge Faragher’s courtroom, and reviewed three of Judge Faragher’s written opinions and her self-evaluation. Selected members of the Commission observed Judge Faragher in court. Analysis of this data supports retention. The survey questioned respondents whether, “based on your responses to the previous questions related to the performance evaluation criteria do you think Judge Faragher meets judicial performance standards?” Of 34 attorneys completing surveys, 88% believe Judge Faragher meets performance standards and13% indicated she does not meet performance standards. Only one non-attorneys completed the survey, so those results are not present a statistically-valid sample.
Judge Faragher’s ranking by attorneys on categories of judicial performance (case management, application and knowledge of law, communications, diligence and demeanor) were at or near the average for all county court judges standing for retention. Judge Faragher scored higher than average in the fairness category. The Commission’s courtroom observation, interview, and reviews of written material provide a picture of a judge consistent with the positive comments of survey respondents. Judge Faragher has been described by attorneys as “friendly and efficient manner on the bench,” “very careful to go over the law relating to her rulings with the parties” and an “excellent jurist.” It was also noted that her docket management has improved over time. Based on these findings, the Commission unanimously agreed that Judge Faragher meets performance standards in all categories.
Judge Faragher was appointed to the Denver County Court in July 2014. Prior to her appointment, Judge Faragher served as a Denver County Court magistrate, Pro Tem Judge for the City of Westminster, and was an attorney in private practice specializing in criminal defense, employment law, and mental health court appointments. Judge Faragher obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She is active in the Denver Access to Justice Committee, and the Denver Bench Bar Committee.