Fifteenth Judicial District - Cheyenne County Court Judge
Honorable Clifford Mays
Retention Year: 2006
The Fifteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Clifford Mays BE RETAINED by a unanimous vote of 10-0.
Judge Mays was appointed to the position of County Judge in Cheyenne County on December 23, 2002. While Judge Mays does not have a law degree, he has a Ph.D. in Economic Geography. He has lived in Cheyenne County most of his life and is primarily self-employed as a rancher, as he is a part time judge. Judge Mays’ caseload consists of civil, traffic, misdemeanor and traffic infraction matters.
The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Mays 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 Mays and conducted a personal interview with him. The Commission received public comments about Judge Mays’ performance and personally observed the judge while on the bench.
Judge Mays is active in the lives of his children and makes himself available to the local school, serving on various academic boards, while also playing an active part in his church. Judge Mays prides himself in efficiently managing his open caseload. In addition to annual judicial trainings, Judge Mays spends many hours outside his courtroom observing other judges and seeking advice to help guide him in making the most impartial and legally sound decisions he can.
Judge Mays was scored highest by attorneys and non-attorneys in the areas of case management, fairness, communication and diligence. Judge Mays’ scores were not as high in the area of knowledge of the law, which is an area that he acknowledges needs improvement and an area in which he is making efforts to improve through continuing education and observations of other judges.