Second Judicial District - Denver County Court Judge
Honorable Andrea Eddy
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance agrees by a vote of 8-0, with two Commissioners absent from voting, that Judge Andrea Eddy MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.
Judge Eddy presides over a criminal docket and previously presided over a civil docket in Denver County Court. Judge Eddy meets all aspects of the performance criteria and writes and communicates in a clear, concise, and well-reasoned manner. Judge Eddy is knowledgeable in the law, has great control of the courtroom and has good judicial demeanor for which the Commission commends her. Commission members observed these qualities during their evaluation and interview. The Commission did not identify any evaluation category in which Judge Eddy displayed a notable weakness.
The Commission met with the Presiding Judge of Denver County Court to discuss her interactions with Judge Eddy, as well as with members of the Public Defender’s Office and Probation Department to discuss their impressions of Judge Eddy’s performance. The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Eddy, observed her during court proceedings (both live and recorded) and reviewed decisions she authored, case management data, comments received from interested parties, and judicial performance survey responses from attorneys and non-attorneys that self-reported they had sufficient interaction with Judge Eddy in the courtroom to meaningfully respond. The surveys reflected personal opinions on Judge Eddy’s Case Management, Application and Knowledge of Law, Communications, Diligence, demeanor, and Fairness. Of the 5 attorneys and ten non-attorneys who completed the survey and reported they had sufficient knowledge of Judge Eddy’s performance to evaluate her, 100% of the attorneys and 90% of the non-attorneys believe that she meets performance standards. Judge Eddy’s combined (attorney and non-attorney) survey scores are considerably above average for county court judges in the categories of Case Management, Application and Knowledge of Law, Communications, Diligence, Demeanor, and Fairness. As a result of procedural irregularities in the distribution of these surveys, the response rates for the 2022 survey were not as robust as compared to prior evaluation cycles. While the Commission used these survey results in its evaluation, limited weight was given to these survey results and the results were used in conjunction with several other tools to evaluate her performance. All the data reviewed by the Commission supports the recommendation that Judge Eddy be retained.
Mayor Hancock appointed Judge Eddy in April 2016. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Prior to her appointment as a Judge, she was a Denver County Court Magistrate for approximately 18 months. For the prior ten years, Judge Eddy was a Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Judge Eddy has been involved with Volunteers of America, church, schools, and the Denver “snow buddy” program.