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Popovich, John 2002 Evaluation


Seventeenth Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable John E. Popovich Jr. 

Retention Year: 2002
Recommendation: Retain

The Seventeenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge John E. Popovich, Jr. BE RETAINED.

Judge Popovich was appointed to the District Court bench in 1986. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Popovich was an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Colorado, was in private practice and served as a District Court Magistrate for the First Judicial District. Judge Popovich received his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1971 and was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1972.

The Commission reviewed survey results regarding Judge Popovich from attorneys and non-attorneys. The Commission also considered a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Popovich and conducted a personal interview with him.

Judge Popovich received numerous comments on his courtesy and fairness on the bench. Both attorneys and non-attorneys made specific comments praising his respectful demeanor and impartiality.

Judge Popovich also received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in the statistical portion of the survey, with 100% of attorneys and 94% of non-attorneys giving Judge Popovich a "B" or higher in the category of being courteous towards parties and witnesses. Additionally, 87% of attorneys and 87% of non-attorneys gave Judge Popovich a rating of "B" or higher in the category of being fair and impartial. Of the attorneys responding to the survey, 89% recommended that Judge Popovich be retained in office, 3% recommended he not be retained and 8% had no opinion. Of the non-attorneys responding to the survey, 87% recommended that Judge Popovich be retained in office, 3% recommended he not be retained and 10% had no opinion.