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Fay, Olympia 2022 Evaluation


Second Judicial District - Denver County Court Judge

Honorable Olympia Z. Fay

Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard


2022 Retention Survey Report

2021 Interim Survey Report


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The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance agrees by a vote of 8-0, with two Commissioners absent from voting, that Judge Olympia Z. Fay MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.

Judge Fay presides over a criminal docket in Denver County Court. Judge Fay meets all aspects    of the performance criteria and writes in a clear, concise, and well-reasoned manner.  Her  demeanor is described as compassionate, fair and pleasant in the courtroom and her case management is described as excellent. The Commission did not identify any evaluation category   in which Judge Fay displayed a notable weakness.  Commission  members  observed  these  qualities during their evaluation and  interview.

The Commission met with the Presiding Judge of Denver County Court to  discuss  her  interactions with Judge Fay, as well as with members of the Public Defender’s Office and  Probation Department to discuss their impressions of Judge Fay’s performance. The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Fay, observed her during court proceedings, reviewed decisions she authored, case management data, comments received from interested parties, and judicial performance survey responses from attorneys and non-attorneys  with  sufficient  interaction with Judge Fay in the courtroom to meaningfully respond. The surveys reflected personal opinions on Judge Fay’s Case Management, Application and Knowledge of Law, Communications, Diligence, Demeanor, and Fairness. Of the 15 attorneys and 15 non-attorneys who completed the survey and reported they had sufficient knowledge of  Judge  Fay’s  performance to evaluate her, 85% of the attorneys and 93% of the non-attorneys believe that she meets performance standards. Judge Fay’s combined (attorney and non-attorney) survey  scores  are slightly above or equal to the statewide average among county court judges in the areas  of  Case Management, Diligence, Demeanor, and Fairness and slightly below the statewide average  for Application and Knowledge of Law. 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 data reviewed by the Commission supports the recommendation that Judge Fay be  retained.

Mayor Hancock appointed Judge Fay in September 2014. Judge Fay earned her undergraduate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and her law degree from the University of Denver. Prior to her appointment, she served as a Denver Assistant City Attorney. Judge Fay  began  her  legal career as a civil litigator in the private sector, then served as a Deputy  District Attorney for the  20th Judicial District. She is a member of the Colorado Women’s and  Sam  Cary  Bar  Associations, the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, and the American and Hispanic Bar Associations. Judge Fay serves as Chair of the Denver County Court Resource Committee and on the Magistrate Judge and Budget Committees for the Court. Judge Fay received the 2019 Judicial Excellence Award from the Colorado Judicial  Institute.

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