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Hays, Jonathan 1990 Evaluation


Nineteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable Jonathan W. Hays

Retention Year: 1990
Recommendation: Retain


Judicial Performance Commission’s recommendation: Should Be Retained.

Judge Hays was admitted to the bar in 1968 after graduating from the University of Colorado Law School. He served as a deputy public defender ad a deputy district attorney prior to his appointment as a Weld County judge in August 1973. He was appointed as district court judge in Weld County in August 1975 and has served in that capacity until the present time.

Judge Hays hears primarily civil matters, including domestic relations, mental health filings and juvenile matters which have been transferred to district court from the juvenile commissioner. In previous years he also handled criminal matters.

Judge Hays is a member of the American Judicature Society and the Weld County and Colorado bar associations. He has served as a member of the Weld County Community Corrections Board, and is chairman of the Intensive Supervision Program Board and is a member of various task forces dealing with jail overcrowding, domestic violence, mental health and juvenile justice issues.

The majority of all the surveyed groups highly recommended retention for Judge Hays. There were numerous comments to the survey stating Judge Hays is an excellent judge who is competent, well prepared, fair minded and has a good judicial temperament.