Fourteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Mary C. Hoak
Retention Year: 2010
The Fourteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Mary C. Hoak BE RETAINED.
Background: Mary C. Hoak was appointed judge to the Grand County Court in 2002, and was appointed to the District Court bench in July 2007. Prior to her appointment in 2002, Judge Hoak practiced law in Grand County for nine years with focus on criminal prosecution, criminal defense, social services work, family and juvenile law. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School in 1992.
Evaluation: The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Hoak from attorneys and non-attorneys, including verbatim comments attached to the evaluation questionnaires. The Commission also considered a self-evaluation, orders and opinions written by Judge Hoak. Finally, members of the Commission personally observed Judge Hoak in her courtroom and conducted a face-to-face interview.
Survey results show that Judge Hoak demonstrates a solid foundation and is dedicated to developing further expertise in specific areas of the law. Judge Hoak acknowledges that she is working to improve the timeliness of lengthy written orders. Overall it is found that Judge Hoak is friendly and ensures that self- represented litigants understand the proceedings. Judge Hoak takes great pride in the Judicial System and maintains control of the courtroom and demands proper decorum at all times. Further it is noted that Judge Hoak is dedicated and hard working.
Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 76% recommended to retain, 20% not to retain, and 4% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 79% recommended to retain and 21% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 73% recommended to retain, 16% not to retain, and 11% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 82% recommended to retain and 18% not to retain.