Second Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Andy McCallin
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance agrees by a vote of 9-0, with one Commissioner absent from voting, that Judge Andy McCallin MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. The Colorado statutory judicial performance standards are integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, administrative performance, and service to the legal profession and the public.
Judge McCallin currently presides over civil cases, and previously presided over domestic relations and criminal cases. Judge McCallin meets all aspects of the performance criteria and writes in a clear, concise, and well-reasoned manner. His strengths as described in survey results include having a good judicial demeanor, ruling in a fair and impartial manner, being prepared, and being knowledgeable in the law. Based on cases open as of April 2022, Judge McCallin meets the Court’s benchmark for completing 80% of cases within 18 months. The Commission did not identify any evaluation category in which Judge McCallin displayed a notable weakness.
The Commission met with the Chief Judge of Denver District Court regarding Judge McCallin’s performance, as well as with members of the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Probation Department. The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge McCallin and observed him during court proceedings. It also reviewed opinions he authored, comments received from interested parties during the evaluation, recordings from his courtroom, case management data, and judicial performance survey responses from attorneys and non-attorneys that interacted with him. The surveys reflected personal opinions on Judge McCallin’s Case Management, Application and Knowledge of the Law, Communications, Diligence, Demeanor, and Fairness. Of the 37 attorneys and three non-attorneys who completed the survey and reported they had sufficient knowledge of Judge McCallin’s performance to evaluate him, 89% of the attorneys and 33% of the three non-attorneys believe that Judge McCallin met performance standards. Judge McCallin received overall ratings (including both attorneys and non-attorneys) at or near the statewide average among district court judges in all categories. Judge McCallin received a rating significantly above the statewide average for district court judges from the 18 appellate judges who evaluated his performance. While the Commission used these survey results in its evaluation, this evaluation tool was used in conjunction with several others to evaluate his performance. The overall data reviewed supports the Commission’s recommendation that Judge McCallin be retained.
Governor Hickenlooper appointed Judge McCallin in 2014. He earned his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Before his appointment, Judge McCallin worked in the consumer protection section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and was in private practice. Judge McCallin is the Chair of the Continuing Legal Education/Judicial Education Committee and was involved in proposing rule changes adopted by the Colorado Supreme Court in 2021 that added a two-hour equity, diversity and inclusion requirement for lawyer continuing education compliance.