Nineteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Daniel S. Maus
Retention Year: 2010
The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Daniel S. Maus BE RETAINED. The vote was 7 for retention and 2 against retention. One Commissioner recused.
Judge Maus was appointed to the District Court bench in July 2002. He was previously retained in 2004. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Maus was in private practice in Greeley, Colorado, specializing in civil litigation. Judge Maus has been an active member in his Rotary Club for many years, and he speaks to students at area schools about the judiciary.
Judge Maus has practiced law for 40 years, serving as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a senior litigation attorney with U.S. West. Judge Maus currently hears civil cases and appeals from municipal and county courts.
The Commission reviewed a self-evaluation completed by Judge Maus, conducted a personal interview, considered written evaluations submitted by attorneys, court staff, litigants, jurors and various other interested persons. Judge Maus received higher than average overall ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys. His demeanor and neutrality are particular strengths. He rated slightly below average regarding his case management and diligence. Two of the Commissioners were concerned that Judge Maus expresses a cavalier or nonchalant attitude toward rules of evidence and administration of law, and those concerns resulted in the two votes against retention.
Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 90% recommended to retain, 3% not to retain, and 7% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 96% recommended to retain and 4% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 90% recommended to retain, 4% not to retain, and 7% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 96% recommended to retain and 4% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)