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Karowsky, Lynn 2002 Evaluation


Nineteenth Judicial District - Weld County Court Judge

Honorable Lynn J. Karowsky

Retention Year: 2002
Recommendation: Retain

The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Lynn J. Karowsky BE RETAINED.

Judge Karowsky was appointed to the County Court in 1996. Between 1981 and 1996 he was a Small Claims Court Magistrate. He has also held the position of Assistant Professor of Business Law at the University of Northern Colorado and currently serves as a visiting professor, teaching one class a year. His community involvement is broad based, having served on boards and committees ranging from traffic safety to domestic violence to the arts. He currently hears about 20% civil, 50% traffic and 30% misdemeanor cases.

In his interview, Judge Karowsky rated his strengths as legal reasoning, preparation prior to trial and a courteous and relaxed judicial demeanor. The survey results from attorneys and non-attorneys echoed these strengths. He, as well as a few survey respondents, described a weakness as his tendency to be verbose.

Judge Karowsky’s overall survey results from both attorneys and non-attorneys were excellent. He received an 81% vote to retain by non-attorneys and a 96% vote to retain by attorneys. The average vote to retain for all county judges was 81% from non-attorneys and 83% from attorneys. The written comments submitted by the survey respondents were also outstanding, describing Judge Karowksy as excellent, respectful, fair, knowledgeable, patient, thorough, courteous and one of the finest judges.