Fisher, Truston 2022 Evaluation

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Eighteenth Judicial District - Lincoln County Court Judge

Honorable Truston Lee FIsher

Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard

The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance finds, by a vote of 7-0 (with three Commissioners not participating) that Judge Truston Lee Fisher 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 Fisher presides over felony, traffic, misdemeanor, and civil cases. Judge Fisher is well respected in the community he serves and is known for his humility and sense of duty. Judge Fisher received high marks in all surveyed areas, with an overall score of 3.9 (compared to 3.4 average for all county court judges). Case management, communications, diligence, demeanor, and fairness are strong areas for Judge Fisher. Judge Fisher was described has fair and kind to all parties. This is consistent with the Commissions observations and interview. Based on these findings, the Commission unanimously agrees Judge Fisher meets judicial performance standards.

The Commission met with the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Probation Department, and the Chief Judge for feedback on Judge Fisher’s performance. The Commission personally interviewed Judge Fisher and reviewed his written self-evaluation. Members also observed Judge Fisher in court and reviewed 2022 Judicial Performance Survey responses from attorneys and non- attorneys. Among the survey questions was, "based on your responses to the previous questions related to the performance evaluation criteria, do you think Judge Fisher meets judicial performance standards?" Of the attorneys responding to the survey, 100% answered yes, meets performance standards, 0% answered no, does not meet performance standards and 0% had no opinion. Of the non-attorneys responding to the survey, 100% answered yes, meets performance standards, 0% answered no, does not meet performance standards, and 0% had no opinion. A total of two attorneys and two non-attorneys responded to the judicial performance surveys expressing their opinions of Judge Fisher's performance.

Judge Fisher was appointed to the county court bench in June 1987. Judge Fisher is a non-attorney judge serving a predominantly rural community. He received his B.A. from the Bear Valley School of Biblical Studies and served in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam era. Active in his community, Judge Fisher has served on the local school board, coached for the high school wrestling program, and participated in the 4-H program for over 20 years. He regularly speaks in high school government classes, conducts mock trials and judges speech contests.

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