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Jones, Raymond 1998 Evaluation


Colorado Court of Appeals

Honorable Raymond Dean Jones

Retention Year: 1998
Recommendation: Retain


The State Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Raymond Dean Jones BE RETAINED.

Judge Jones was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 1988. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals he was a District Judge, Denver District Court, 1979-1987, and a County Judge, Denver County Court, 1977-1979. He served as a Deputy District Attorney, 1974-1977, was in private practice, 1972-1974, and was law clerk to Chief Justice Edward E. Pringle, Supreme Court of Colorado, 1971-1972. Judge Jones received his J.D. from Harvard University School of Law in 1971.

The State Commission commends Judge Jones for his leadership in the community and his active involvement in a number of professional and civic organizations. He has served his profession as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Denver Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the National Bar Association, and has held numerous positions with the Colorado Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Judges Association, has been active in the Denver Area Boy Scouts of America, Colorado Council on Arts and Humanities and is a former trustee of the Colorado College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Denver Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

The State Commission is impressed with the wide array of attributes Judge Jones brings to the Court of Appeals and believes he is one of Colorado's outstanding appellate judges. Judge Jones is a strong advocate of continuing education and enrolls in legal education courses. He views the retention process as a valuable learning experience and will use the results to improve his overall skills as an appellate judge.

Attorney questionnaires received by the State Commission rate Judge Jones highly overall. He received high marks for equal treatment of all parties, attentiveness and patience during oral argument. Of the responses received from attorneys, 86.5% recommend retention and 13.5% recommended do not retain.