Nineteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Warren Troy Hause
Retention Year: 2016
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends Judge Warren Troy Hause BE RETAINED. All ten commissioners voted in favor of retention.
Judge Hause received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in 1983, where he graduated with Distinction. He received his JD from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 1986, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Prior to his appointment Judge Hause was a solo practitioner in private practice for 27 years (1986-2013). He practiced in the areas of family law, bankruptcy, juvenile law, mental health law, criminal defense, general civil litigation, and mediation. He was appointed to the bench in November of 2013. This is the first time he is sitting for retention.
The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Hause, reviewed opinions he authored, observed him in court, reviewed surveys sent to attorneys and non-attorneys, and reviewed the Judge’s self-evaluation. The majority of the comments associated with this judge are positive. The Commission believes that Judge Hause will continue to develop as a judge as he gains more experience and has no reservations in recommending he be retained in this position. Of all the attorneys completing the survey, 92% recommend retain, 4% not to retain, and 4% neither recommended retain or do not retain. Of the non-attorneys completing the survey, 87% recommended to retain, 6% not to retain and 7% neither recommended retain or do not retain.
Judge Hause presides over a domestic docket, adoptions, and dependency and neglect matters. Judge Hause received ratings related to case management which exceeded the average rating of all district judges standing for retention. Judge Hause manages his schedule well, finds room for emergencies, and explains ahead of time if there are time issues. He really tries to work with his docket to get cases heard promptly, which is very important in domestic cases, where child and financial issues need to be heard as soon as possible. His ratings for application and knowledge of the law, communications, demeanor, diligence, and fairness also exceeded the average rating of all district judges standing for retention.