Colorado Court of Appeals
Honorable Raymond "Ray" Dean Jones
Retention Year: 1990
Judicial Performance Commission’s recommendation: Should Be Retained.
Judge Jones received his undergraduate degree in political science from Colorado College in 1967. He received his law degree from Harvard in 1971. His prejudicial experience includes three years in private practice, one year as a law clerk for the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court and two years as chief counsel for the Metropolitan Denver District Attorney’s Consumer Office. He served as Denver County judge from January 1977 until December 1978. Jones was appointed as a Denver district judge until December 1987.
He was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in January 1988. He is a member of the board of directors of the American Judicature Society.
Jones is a person of proven judicial experience. It is said of him that he emphasizes the integrity of the judicial process of his opinions. His first two years on the appellate bench have been a learning experience relative to the need to work with other judges of the court. Results from surveyed attorneys and trial court judges suggest there is room for improvement of the judge’s ability to decide issues based on the law and facts, and the issuance of carefully prepared and legally sound written opinions.
Comments from the attorneys surveyed indicated that Jones, on the whole, is well prepared and dignified. The overall comments of the attorneys indicated Jones is worthy of retention.