Second Judicial District - Denver County Court Judge
Honorable John M. Marcucci
Retention Year: 2016
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously (10-0) recommends that Presiding Judge John M. Marcucci BE RETAINED.
Judge Marcucci has served on the Denver County Court since 1990. Prior to his judicial appointment he was a partner in a law firm specializing in criminal, bankruptcy, and civil law. His undergraduate degree is from Regis College, and his law degree is from the University Of Denver College Of Law. Judge Marcucci is the Presiding Judge of Denver County Court. He has previously been assigned to various divisions hearing traffic, civil, and state and municipal criminal cases and has also presided in first appearance court and handled felony preliminary hearings. Judge Marcucci championed the creation of the Denver Recovery Court Program Services, a partnership between agencies attempting to meet the needs of the most frequent users of the Denver justice system. He also has presented to the State Access to Justice Commission regarding the best way to serve repeat homeless offenders. Judge Marcucci has served as chair of the Smart PreTrial Committee under a grant from the United States Department of Justice. This team is charged with reforming a 100-year practice of simple reliance on money bonds. He led Denver to become the first front-range jurisdiction to adopt the CPAT (Colorado PreTrial Assessment Tool), an individualized risk-based assessment tool used for setting bonds for those facing criminal charges. He has served on the Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Bond Subcommittee, which led to the 2013 amendments of the statute governing pretrial bonds. During his tenure as presiding judge, “Customer” surveys and Access to Justice Surveys have been implemented in Denver County Court.
The Commission interviewed Judge Marcucci, reviewed several of his written opinions, reviewed the results of surveys sent to attorneys and non-attorneys, and selected members of the Commission observed Judge Marcucci in court. Only two attorneys completed surveys for Judge Marcucci and seventeen non-attorneys completed the survey. Overall, 90% of respondents recommended that Judge Marcucci be retained. Of non-attorneys completing the survey, 89% recommended retention, 6% made no recommendation, and 6% recommended not to retain. (These percentages do not total 100% due to rounding.)
Judge Marcucci’s retention scores were slightly above average among the non-attorneys responding to the survey. Judge Marcucci also scored above average in all categories of judicial performance criteria, with particularly high scores in demeanor, communications, diligence, and application of the law. Judge Marcucci is considered fair and respected by his colleagues in his role as Presiding Judge. On the bench, he demonstrates neutrality and ensures all parties understand his rulings. All data reviewed by the Commission supports the recommendation that Presiding Judge Marcucci be retained.