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Mays, Clifford 2010 Evaluation


Fifteenth Judicial District - Cheyenne County Court Judge 

Honorable Clifford Mays

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain


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The Fifteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Clifford Mays BE RETAINED by a vote of 10 to 0.

Judge Clifford Mays has lived in Cheyenne County since 1994 on the family ranch in Kit Carson, Colorado. He has been an active part of ranching with his parents since 1984. He was appointed to the Cheyenne County Court bench on March 6, 2003. Judge Mays holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and in 1970, received a Ph.D from the University of Washington in Economics and Location Theory. He is married and has four children. Judge Mays serves on the drug and alcohol task force group, “Communities Advocating Healthy Lifestyles” (CAHL) and is a member of the Cheyenne County Child Protection Team. He is a member of the Kit Carson United Methodist Church and the Kit Carson Historical Society.

Because Judge Mays is a lay judge and has no formal legal training nor did he have a legal career prior to taking the bench, he acknowledges a need to improve his knowledge of substantive and procedural law. However, the Commission was impressed with his knowledge of the areas of law he routinely handles. He is dedicated to continue learning and expanding his knowledge of the law. Judge Mays does a good job of using the resources available to him, including conferring with other county court judges.

Judge Mays is committed to treating each litigant with respect and ensuring that everyone who comes into his court room is treated fairly. Cheyenne County has a small caseload as compared with many other county courts in the state. This allows Judge Mays to give each individual attention.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 100% recommended to retain, 0% not to retain, and 0% expressed no opinion. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 90% recommended to retain, 0% not to retain, and 10% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 100% recommended to retain and 0% not to retain.