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Gilbert, David 2010 Evaluation


Fourth Judicial District - District Court Judge 

Honorable David A. Gilbert

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain


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The Fourth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance, by a unanimous vote of 9-0, recommends that Judge David A. Gilbert BE RETAINED. One Commissioner was absent.

Judge Gilbert graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York City in 1976 and then from Queens College (City University of New York) in 1980. He graduated from law school at the University of Denver in 1983. Judge Gilbert believes that it is important for judges to be active in the community. He enjoys speaking to community and school groups about how our judicial system works. He also has volunteered as a judge in high school mock trial competitions.

Judge Gilbert was appointed to the District Court in July 2001. After working as a private practitioner for two years in the area of real estate, personal injury, corporate law, and employment law, Judge Gilbert joined the District Attorney's Office of the Fourth Judicial District in Colorado Springs as a Deputy District Attorney in August of 1986. In that office he later served as Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney responsible for the management of the criminal division and the homicide prosecution unit.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Gilbert from attorneys and non-attorneys, including written verbatim comments attached to the evaluation questionnaires. The Commission also considered a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Gilbert, conducted a personal interview with Judge Gilbert, reviewed sample written orders of the judge and observed him in courtroom sessions. Judge Gilbert sees his primary duty as a judicial officer as making sure that everyone appearing in his court is treated fairly and equally. As part of carrying out this duty, Judge Gilbert strives to provide all parties with a full and complete understanding of the court’s procedures and the reasons for its decisions.

On the evaluation questionnaires, Judge Gilbert received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in almost every category. Of the 39 attorneys surveyed about retention,
95% recommended to retain, 6% not to retain, and 0% expressed no opinion. Of the 255 non-attorneys surveyed, 90% recommended to retain, 4% not to retain, and 7% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 96% recommended to retain and 4% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)