Sixteenth Judicial District - Otero County Court Judge
Honorable Douglas R. Manley
Retention Year: 2006
The Sixteenth Judicial District Judicial Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Douglas R. Manley BE RETAINED.
Judge Manley was appointed to the Otero County Court bench in July of 2004. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Manley was in general private practice in La Junta, Colorado, and he was the Municipal Judge for the City of La Junta, Town of Sugar City, Town of Swink, City of Rocky Ford, Town of Manzanola, and Town of Ordway. Judge Manley received his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver and his law degree from the University of Colorado.
Judge Manley is very active in the community. He has belonged to many local organizations, including the Community Corrections Board, the La Junta City Council, and the Ethics Committee for the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center. He also periodically teaches Business Law and legal topics for the Law Enforcement Academy at Otero Junior College.
The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Manley from attorneys and non-attorneys, including written verbatim comments attached to the evaluation questionnaires. The Commission also considered a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Manley and conducted a personal interview with Judge Manley.
Judge Manley received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in most categories, particularly in the areas of being courteous, treating all parties equally, being consistent in his behavior, and giving all participants an opportunity to be heard. Of the attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 82% recommended that Judge Manley be retained in office and 18% recommended that he not be retained. Of the non-attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 90% recommended retention, 9% recommended non-retention, and 1% had no opinion.