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Meissner-Cutler, Susanna 2010 Evaluation


Eighteenth Judicial District - Douglas County Court Judge 

Honorable Susanna Meissner-Cutler 

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain


2010 Retention Survey Report

2009 Interim Survey Report


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The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Susanna Meissner-Cutler BE RETAINED.

Judge Meissner-Cutler received her law degree from the University of Denver in 1986. She has served as County Court Judge since 1995 in Douglas County. Before being appointed as County Court Judge, she was an attorney in private practice specializing in civil litigation.

Judge Meissner-Cutler handles county court civil cases and preliminary proceedings in felony cases. She presently acts as Presiding Judge of the Eighteenth Judicial District County Courts.

The Commission conducted extensive research in making this recommendation, including use of surveys conducted on the judge, interviews with people involved in the courtroom, and personal observations in the courtroom. The overwhelming majority of comments from the surveys were very positive. Included were comments that she is: extremely sensitive and fair with all who come to her court; fair, neutral, knowledgeable and personable; and a bright lady with a good legal mind. In survey results Judge Meissner-Cutler was rated very high in demeanor, fairness, communication skills, diligence and the application of law.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 89% recommended to retain, 8% not to retain, and 3% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 92% recommended to retain and 8% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 86% recommended to retain, 9% not to retain, and 6% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 90% recommended to retain and 10% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)