Fifth Judicial District - Lake County Court Judge
Honorable Wayne Patton
Retention Year: 2004
The Fifth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Wayne Patton BE RETAINED.
Judge Patton received his bachelor's degree from Denison University in 1980 and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1983. He has enrolled in a course on evidence at the National Judicial College this summer. He has served as County Judge in Lake County since January 2001. Before that he was a Lake County Special Attorney, Leadville City Attorney as well as being in private practice. In addition to his duties as Lake County Judge, he continues to have a private practice.
This is Judge Patton's first review since taking to the bench. Attorneys scored Judge Patton above all other County Judges in all categories. Non-attorneys scored Judge Patton high as well, with him being slightly below his peer group in all categories except "Overall Application of the Law," where he scored slightly higher than other County Judges.
The opinion of the groups responding to the statistically meaningful numbers to the surveys circulated by the State Commission on Judicial Performance (and the numbers responding) were are follows: Non-attorneys – Retain – 86%, Undecided – 8%, Do not retain – 7%; Attorneys (45) – Retain 95%, Undecided – 2%, Do not retain – 3%.
The Fifth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Patton be retained.