Harrell, Alfred 2004 Evaluation


Second Judicial District - Denver County Court Judge

Honorable Alfred Harrell

Retention Year: 2004
Recommendation: Retain

The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Alfred Harrell BE RETAINED.

Judge Harrell was appointed to the Denver County Court bench in 1985. Prior to his appointment, Judge Harrell was in private practice in Denver. Judge Harrell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1971. Judge Harrell heard traffic cases in 2001 and 2002, and has handled preliminary hearings since 2002. Judge Harrell is learning to speak Spanish to facilitate his interaction with Spanish speaking persons in his courtroom.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Harrell 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 Harrell and conducted a personal interview with Judge Harrell.

Judge Harrell received high ratings from attorneys in virtually every category. Of the attorneys responding to the survey, 93% recommended that Judge Harrell be retained, and 7% recommended that he not be retained. Judge Harrell received lower ratings from non-attorneys, although the majority of responses received were from defendants who had appeared in his courtroom. Of the non-attorneys responding to the survey, 75% recommended that Judge Harrell be retained, and 25% recommended that he not be retained.