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Kerns, Timothy 2010 Evaluation


Nineteenth Judicial District - Weld County Court Judge 

Honorable Timothy G. Kerns

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain

The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends by a unanimous vote of 10 to 0 that Judge Timothy G. Kerns BE RETAINED.

Judge Kerns graduated from Central Methodist College in Missouri and from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Before his appointment to the Weld County Court in October, 2007, Judge Kerns was an attorney in private practice (1996-2007) focusing primarily in domestic relations, dependency and neglect, and mediation and civil matters in Fort Morgan, Erie and Boulder, Colorado. He provided (1995) pro bono legal services in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and was general counsel for a title company in Missouri prior to moving to Colorado.

In developing its recommendation, the Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Kerns, observed his court sessions, and reviewed a self-evaluation and writing samples of judicial orders and rulings. Strengths: The Commissioners found Judge Kerns to be a strong communicator, considerate, prepared and organized. Surveys were completed by jurors, defendants, defense and prosecuting attorneys, court employees and others. The non-attorney survey respondents rated Judge Kerns well above average in every category including demeanor, fairness, communications, diligence, and application of law. The attorney survey respondents also rated Judge Kerns well above average in every category including case management, application and knowledge of the law, communications, demeanor, and diligence. Weakness: Involvement in community service activities has been minimal, and Judge Kerns recognizes the need to increase his participation within the community.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 94% recommended to retain, 6% not to retain, and 0% expressed no opinion. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 89% recommended to retain, 3% not to retain, and 8% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 97% recommended to retain and 4% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)