Murray, Dana 2014 Evaluation


Eighteenth Judicial District - Arapahoe County Court Judge

Honorable Dana Elizabeth Murray 

Retention Year: 2014
Recommendation: Retain

The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Dana Elizabeth Murray BE RETAINED.

Judge Murray was appointed as an Arapahoe County Court judge in the Eighteenth Judicial District in August 1992 and took her place on the bench in October 1992.  In 2013 she was appointed as the Arapahoe County Presiding County Court Judge.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and her law degree from the University of Denver, School of Law.  Judge Murray served as a County Court Magistrate from July 1989 to October 1992.  Judge Murray served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District from 1986 to June 1989.  In the past Judge Murray has coached High School Mock Trials teams and served on several Supreme Court Committees.

The Commission conducted a personal interview of Judge Murray, reviewed surveys sent to attorneys and non-attorneys, conducted interviews with people involved in the courtroom, reviewed Judge Murray’s personal self-evaluation, as well as personal observations of Judge Murray in the courtroom.  Of the 170 surveys on Judge Murray returned by attorneys, she received excellent marks for case management, knowledge of the law, communication, demeanor and diligence; among non-attorneys, she received well above average scores on each of those measures.  Of the attorneys surveyed, 95% recommended that Judge Murray be retained, 2% recommended not to retain and 4% had no recommendation.  Of the 170 non-attorneys surveyed, 88% recommended retention, 7% recommended that she not be retained, and 6% had no recommendation.  (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)

Judge Murray conducts herself in a highly professional manner.  She treats all parties with dignity and respect.  She is efficient and manages her docket very well. Her knowledge of the law is excellent.  She is calm, listens to all parties, is fair, and consistent when handing out a sentence.  She handles traffic and misdemeanor cases.  The Commission finds that Judge Dana Murray is an excellent and experienced judge who should be retained on the bench.